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Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI)

The Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI) is a national, collaborative, multidisciplinary geoscience research program of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) that:

  • Aims to improve mineral exploration effectiveness by developing next-generation geological models and knowledge, as well as leading-edge tools and methods; and
  • Seeks to understand the processes that formed Canada’s mineral deposits and identify and develop novel indicators and parameters to guide exploration in emerging and existing mining areas.

In 2020, TGI was renewed with funding of $5M per year on an ongoing basis. Working in collaboration with provinces, territories, industry and academia, TGI generates geoscience knowledge, innovative techniques, and predictive models for use by the Canadian mineral exploration industry for more effective targeting of concealed mineral deposits.

Latest program updates:

Program priorities

TGI continues to focus on how and where mineral deposits are formed across Canada, but also has strong emphasis on critical minerals and the digital transformation of the program. TGI is embracing critical minerals as a key component of its research on economically-important minerals within ore systems. Research activities will enhance understanding of these minerals and their formation processes, helping to identify and secure future supplies in Canada.

To keep pace with scientific advances and emerging data-related technologies, TGI also has a strong emphasis on effective public data delivery and applications of artificial intelligence. Studies will develop leading-edge tools, innovative techniques, and predictive models of Canada’s mineral potential for key commodities to foster mineral exploration effectiveness.

Program structure

The program has two strong pillars of research. The Ore Systems Project will enhance knowledge and understanding of critical minerals and other economically important mineral systems in Canada, ultimately supporting sustained discovery of ore resources at depth and reducing risk for exploration activities. Research within this project involves studies on Hydrothermal, Magmatic, and Orogenic ore systems across Canada.

The Digital Geoscience and Method Development Project will focus on new and enhanced methods for ore system and related research, including laboratory, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and related methods. Under these pillars, TGI research will support NRCan’s work to identify and secure future supply of critical and other economically important minerals in Canada, many of which are vital to foster a green economy.

TGI Grant Program

TGI also offers a grant program to support research that is complementary to TGI studies. This program is not currently accepting submissions.

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