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The Sky’s the Limit Challenge

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The Challenge

Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition


Gate 1 — Now boarding

Think your idea can take flight? Submit your plan for why we should support your consortium. The top four teams will win $2 million in funding.


Layover — Make your connection!

Join the online SAF Community where participants can meet with the best of the green aviation fuels industry — from investors to airlines.


Arrivals — Show us your greenest fuel

The top four teams will submit their 10L sample for judgement. Produce the greenest and most cost-effective biojet fuel in Canada and win the $5 million grand prize!

Cross-Canada Flight Competition


3,000 km flight

The prize will be awarded to the first producer to make a made-in-Canada biojet fuel that meets all the criteria for a major Canadian airline to purchase and use for a flight across Canada. The winner receives $1 million!

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Challenge details

Who can apply?

Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition
  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations
  • Indigenous organizations and groups
  • Canadian academia
Cross-Canada Flight Competition
  • A biojet producer validly incorporated or registered in Canada

Key Dates

Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition
  • Call for proposals deadline: February 1, 2019
  • Four finalists announced: May 29, 2019
  • Final prize submission deadline: August 1, 2021
  • Final prize winner announced: March 30, 2022
Cross-Canada Flight Competition
  • Competition begins: March 1, 2019
  • Competition closes: January 1, 2021


Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition
  • Four top teams will win $2 million each to support their plan
  • The Grand Prize of $5 million will help the team with the best green aviation fuel commercialize their innovation
Cross-Canada Flight Competition
  • The first producer to meet all the criteria for their made-in-Canada biojet fuel will win $1 million