Natural Resources Canada

Crush It! Challenge

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Check out the Applicant Guide for more details about the Challenge and terms and conditions. Visit this page for updates on specific updates.

  • Crush It! Challenge launch and call for applications

    October 30, 2018

  • Deadline for applications

    January 15, 2019

  • Selection of semi-finalists by Technical Review Committee and awarding of micro-grants to small-scale innovators

    February, 2019

  • Up to 12 semi-finalists proceed to present their cleantech ideas to a Challenge Jury

    #DisruptMining event, March 2019

  • Up to 6 finalists announced

    May 2019

  • Teams submit technical reports showcasing their rockin’ cleantech solutions

    November 2020

  • Final grand prize winner announced

    March 2021

Challenge details

Who can apply?

  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations such as companies, industry associations and research centres
  • Indigenous organizations and groups
  • Canadian post-secondary institutions
  • Independent small-scale innovators and individuals

Key dates

  • January 15, 2019: deadline to submit applications
  • March 2019: pitch proposal at #DisruptMining event
  • May 2019: top 6 announced
  • November 2020: final submission deadline for Challenge finalists
  • March 2021: final grand prize winner announced


  • $10,000 for each small-scale innovator selected as one of the up to twelve (12) Challenge semi-finalists to help them pitch their ideas to the Challenge Jury
  • Up to $800,000 each for up to 6 finalists to build and test their cleantech solutions.
  • $5 million grant to the innovator who can demonstrate the best energy breakthrough in crushing and grinding rocks