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Call for Targeted Geoscience Initiative [TGI] Grant Proposals

Targeted Geoscience Initiative [TGI] Grant Program Overview


The Targeted Geoscience Initiative [TGI] is a 5 year initiative that was announced in economic Action Plan 2015, with funding of $22 M, starting in FY 2015-16. Working in partnership with provinces, territories, industry and universities, the Federal government through TGI will provide integrated geoscience knowledge pertaining to areas with mineral potential, which is intended to help stimulate private sector resource investment and exploration.


TGI is designed to address ongoing government priorities of leading the way on jobs, strong economic growth and responsible resource development. Program focus is to provide innovative public geoscience that can be used by the entire mineral exploration industry to lower discovery costs and financial risks associated with infrastructure development and exploration, thereby improving the global competitiveness of Canada’s mineral exploration industry and resulting in jobs, particularly in remote, mining dependent communities.

While the predecessor program activities were concentrated on understanding end-stage, geological processes that deposit metals at the mine site and the dispersal of indicator minerals and geochemical markers that occur above buried deposits, TGI is now moving to the next logical step by focusing on the remaining part of the ore-forming process (i.e. the processes that liberate metal from source rocks, to the metal’s transport and its eventual deposition in the ore body). The evolution from a deposit- scale focus, to a more comprehensive source-to-ore approach is intended to provide knowledge of the full temporal and spatial spectrum of ore formation processes, including the identification of new ore indicators. This approach is intended to foster innovation by creating more effective and efficient multi-scale methods and exploration approaches that target buried mineral deposits.

Although TGI will have a different scientific focus than the predecessor program, it will continue to be structured around the seven major ore systems which collectively comprise the key metallic minerals of Canada:

  • Lode Gold Ore Systems
  • Nickel-Copper-Platinum Group Elements-Chrome Ore Systems
  • Intrusion-related Ore Systems (Copper, Tin, Tungsten, Molybdenum, Gold)
  • Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide Ore Systems (Copper, Zinc, Lead, Gold, Silver)
  • Sedimentary Exhalative Ore Systems (Lead, Zinc)
  • Uranium Ore Systems
  • Specialty Metals Ore Systems (Rare Earth deposits, Niobium, Tantalum)

TGI Grant Program Objective

LOI/Project proposals will be considered eligible for funding if they satisfy the interests of the Government of Canada and contribute to, and are aligned with TGI Program objectives and outcomes:

TGI Program Objectives
  • Generate geoscience knowledge to enhance effectiveness of deep exploration for Canada’s key economic minerals
  • Provide geoscience that is a driver of innovation in the mineral exploration industry, that ultimately improves Canada’s global competiveness and supports Canadian mining-dependent communities
TGI Program Outcomes
  • New knowledge, methodologies and models enhance exploration industry’s ability to detect buried ore deposits.
  • Integrated, multi-scale scientific knowledge of source-to-ore formation that is both authoritative and accessible results in industry innovating exploration approaches.
  • A replenished pool of highly qualified personnel (HQP) equipped with state-of-the-art knowledge, is available for employment in the mineral exploration industry.
  • Innovative methodological approaches for detection and delineation of ore deposits begin to be adopted by industry.
  • Exploration industry starts to apply new public geoscience knowledge to explore for Canada’s major mineral deposit types.
  • Mineral exploration industry can efficiently discover recent and emerging public geoscience knowledge and methodologies relevant to discovery of new mineral resources.
  • Collaborative geoscience research groups, that engage students, are formed to leverage expertise and capacity to effectively solve research about genesis of ore systems.

LOI/project proposals that complement /augment existing GSC TGI sub-project activities are encouraged and prospective proponents should examine material such as the Program Website: and the TGI 2016 Report of Activities to learn more about existing program activities.

Review Procedures and Selection Criteria

Submitted LOI/Project proposals will be evaluated by appropriate science experts, as well as senior program management, and assessed using the following criteria weightings.

  • Alignment with TGI Program [30%]: Does the LOI clearly demonstrate how the proposed work/research results support Program objectives/outcomes?
  • Scientific merit, Work plan and Budget [40%]: Is the proposed project scientifically sound/technically feasible and is the project work plan reasonable and well costed?
  • Research competence [10%]: Does the applicant and the research team together have all the expertise required to address the defined objectives competently and to complete the project successfully?
  • Collaboration, Partnership and Leverage [10%]: Are there other collaborators/partners involved in the project and what is their level of commitment and elements that they are funding?
  • Development of Highly Qualified Personnel [10%]:Does the proposal indicate how the knowledge and experience gained by students, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants or others, including industrial personnel, contribute to develop the next generation of highly skilled geoscientists for employment in the Canadian minerals industry, research institutes and/or university faculties?.

On the basis of this assessment, TGI management will determine which LOIs/project proposals are successful and whether the work is best done under the auspices of a renewable single-year grant agreement, or alternatively, as a 2-year grant agreement. There will be no appeal process.  Only applicants successful at the LOI stage will be invited to negotiate the terms and conditions of a subsequent grant agreement.

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