NRCan’s Critical Minerals R&D and Demonstration Program

Environment, Energy and Natural Resources


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Memorial Deadline: Tuesday 26th, September 2023

External Deadline: Friday 29th, September 2023


A new call for proposals for Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Critical Minerals R&D and Demonstration Program (CMRDD) is open now until September 29.

NRCan’s Minerals Programs Branch (MPB) invites you to apply for the second wave of contribution funding (up to $40M in total) from the CMRDD Program.

About this program

The CMRDD aims to advance the commercial readiness of emerging processing technologies and to provide raw material inputs for use in batteries and permanent magnets, advanced manufacturing supply chains, semiconductors, information and communication technologies, and critical infrastructure value chains for commercialization.

About this call for proposals

Amount available: Up to $5 million per project

Type of funding: Non-repayable contribution

Application deadline: September 29, 2023 at 4:00 pm EDT

Timeframe: Project costs will be funded up to March 31, 2027

Eligible projects

We are looking for projects that will help advance technological solutions to produce critical minerals at several stages, such as processing, downstream product manufacturing and recycling.

Eligible pilot plants and demonstration projects in Canada must be at technology readiness levels (TRL) 6–8  advance technologies to produce key critical minerals, and support raw material inputs into priority value chains in Canada

Who can apply

For-profit and not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous groups, community groups, academic institutions, provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments and their departments and agencies.

Consult the full project proposal applicant guide for details on eligibility criteria and required documents.

How to apply

This second wave of intake offers applicants the opportunity to submit a full project proposal, including all relevant documentation, through our secure funding portal.

About NRCan’s MPB

Working closely with the Government of Canada’s Critical Minerals Centre of Excellence, the MPB administers NRCan-led programs to support the development critical minerals.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email

Funding Sources

National Research Council of Canada (NRC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: July 19, 2023