To apply for a contribution from the National Renewable Diesel Demonstration Initiative (NRDDI), eligible applicants should submit a written proposal, including a statement of work outlining proposed project activities. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until May 29, 2009.
Proposals should be sent to:
Natural Resources Canada
Fuels Policy and Programs
580 Booth Street, 18th Floor, Room C9-4
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E4
Attention: NRDDI Program Manager
Proposals should include:
- Background information about the applicant organization (articles of incorporation for corporations, letters patent for non-profit organizations, governance structure, size, years in existence, etc.);
- Background information about the project;
- Purpose and objectives of the project;
- Project location(s);
- Methodology or approach, including how the project builds upon existing experience and knowledge;
- Project timelines and milestones to ensure project completion by June, 2010;
- Benefits to stakeholders groups;
- Expected results/outcomes;
- Expected outputs;
- Identification of how the project aligns with the program objective and meets selection criteria;
- Identification of the lead organization and other collaborators, governments, organizations or agencies participating in the project and the expertise that each will bring to the project;
- A method of measuring performance, including performance objectives and performance indicators; in particular, identification of how the project will ensure:
- Canadian stakeholders' concerns have been addressed, including participation of stakeholders on steering and technical committees (provide proposed membership),
- access to project data by all stakeholders,
- use of recognized, standardized and scientifically sound methods/methodologies under the direction of appropriately qualified technical professionals, and
- use of fuels that conform to the most recent industry-wide quality specifications.
- A plan for communicating results in a scientifically sound manner;
- A financial plan (budget), including identification of all sources of funding (both direct and in-kind contributions);
- Necessary information to allow for assessment of the proposed project's environmental impact as per the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and, where appropriate, harmonized with other applicable environmental assessment legislation; for further information on this requirement, please contact the Program;
- Disclosure of the involvement of former public servants for whom the Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Code for Public Office Holders or the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service apply, to ensure that no such individual derives a direct benefit from any contribution agreement under this program, unless that individual is in compliance with applicable post-employment provisions;
- Where lobbyists are utilized, assurance that the lobbyists are registered in accordance with the Lobbyist Registration Act, that no actual or potential conflict of interest exists, and that the recipient organization does not pay lobbyists on a contingency fee basis.
Disclaimer: this request for proposals should not be misconstrued as an indication that the financial assistance is imminent. Until a written contribution agreement is signed by both parties, no commitment or obligation exists on the part of Natural Resources Canada to make a financial contribution to your organization's proposed project including any costs incurred or paid prior to the signing date of the contribution agreement.
All proposals will be reviewed and assessed by a review team consisting of at least one representative from Natural Resources Canada and from Environment Canada (the department responsible for developing the renewable fuel regulation). The review team will draw upon the advice of industry and government experts as required to assess the proposals. A letter will be sent to applicants advising of the results of the assessment.
A contribution agreement will be negotiated with applicants who meet the program criteria and are selected to receive a contribution from the NRDDI.