Natural Resources Canada

Power Forward Challenge

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See the Applicant Guide for more information on the Challenge and how to participate. Visit this page to get date updates.

  • Call for proposals is now open. Apply today!

    October 16, 2018

  • Last day to apply for financial support for your team

    December 17, 2018

  • Deadline to submit your proposal

    March 15, 2019

  • Semi-finalist teams proceed to pitch sessions

    May 2019

  • Finalist teams announced

    August 2019

  • Teams showcase their pilot-scale demonstrations

    December 2020

  • Final award winning team announced

    March 2021

Challenge details

Who can apply?

Canadian and UK:

  • Small and medium sized businesses
  • Other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations
  • Indigenous organizations and groups
  • Post secondary/academic institutions

Key dates

Submit your entry by March 2019 to be eligible

  • Call for proposals: October 16, 2018
  • Deadline to apply for financial support: December 17, 2018
  • Deadline to submit proposals: March 15, 2019
  • Pitch event: May 2019
  • Final award winner announced: March 2021


  • A total of $1 million/£600,000 in each country will be given to eligible teams in need of financial support who have the most promising project vision.
  • The six top teams will win $3 million/£1.8 million each to start building their proposed pilot project.
  • $1 million will be given to the team with the best pilot demonstration.