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Federal Internal Energy R&D

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Program Background

The Office of Energy Research and Development (OERD) at Natural Resources Canada is responsible for the management and development of energy research and development across the federal government.  Since 1974, under programs such as the Program of Energy Research and Development (PERD) and more recently a segment of the Energy Innovation Program (EIP), OERD has ensured that federal energy research and development priorities are aligned across departments and agencies.

The various programs that constitute the Federal Internal Energy R&D suite promote and support energy RD&D by funding related RD&D activities in federal departments and agencies.  OERD builds on the synergies among participants to ensure resources are deployed effectively, coordinate research activities, and improve decision-making in federal energy RD&D investments 


To reinforce synergies and to ensure alignment with government priorities, OERD has developed four Missions to guide each research activity across the federal government. Each Mission has been developed to focus research, ensure synergies across each Mission and reduce duplication in research and development.

Supporting Clean Energy Innovation across four Missions

efficiency and processes to reduce emissions from energy end-use

electrification and maximize benefits of low-emitting heat and power

cleaner fuels

safe and resilient energy systems to protect Canadians in the changing energy landscape


Canadian Federal departments and agencies participate in the Program on an ongoing or opportunity basis. They are encouraged to partner with the private sector (industry, utilities, research institutes, industry associations), other funding agencies, universities, provincial and municipal governments and research organisations, and international organisations.

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