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Office of Energy Research and Development (OERD)

Energy innovation and cleantech programming

The Office of Energy Research and Development (OERD) leads the Government of Canada’s efforts in delivering energy research, development, and demonstrating (RD&D) funding, accelerating efforts in energy innovation and cleantech programming. With a focus on influencing the pace and direction of energy system transformation, OERD targets the most impactful technologies to maximize environmental and economic outcomes.  Leveraging over forty years of experience and unique science and technology expertise, OERD invests in thirteen federal departments and agencies to undertake RD&D, as well as a wide range of Canadian small and medium enterprises, utilities, industry, and other firms, all in support of Canada’s energy innovation and climate change goals.

Current initiatives and funding opportunities

Learn more about our current initiatives, and investments.

Potential applicants are encouraged to keep an eye on NRCan’s open calls.

Stay connected

The Energy Efficient Buildings RD&D Program recently held an Expressions of Interest Call. Submissions are currently being evaluated.


The energy system is complex, and constantly changing. OERD connects through funding clean energy projects and developing partnerships with stakeholders with the goals of reducing harmful emissions, and supporting innovation and economic opportunities in the energy sector.

DESCRIPTION

The energy system includes smart grids, energy efficient buildings, electric vehicle infrastructure, renewable energy & storage, and clean fuel distribution in Canada, especially in rural and remote communities.

What types of projects are we advancing?

Projects funded through our programs focus on influencing the pace and direction of energy system transformation and targeting the most impactful technologies, in order to maximize environmental and economic outcomes. OERD’s programs target four key “missions” to realize a clean energy future and a sustainable natural resources sector.

Missions:

  • Improve Energy Efficiency and Processes to Reduce Emissions from Energy End-Use;
  • Accelerate Electrification and Maximize Benefits of Low-Emitting Heat and Power;
  • Develop Cleaner Hydrocarbon and Renewable Fuels Pathways;
  • Maintain Safe and Resilient Energy Systems to Protect Canadians in the Changing Energy Landscape.

Collaborating with OERD

OERD leads Canada’s involvement in both domestic and international energy innovation activities, including as a founding member of Mission Innovation and through energy technology activities with the International Energy Agency.  Find out more about our work with the IEA and other International Agencies.

OERD also works with partners, such as Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the Business Development Bank of Canada and Alberta Innovates, to design and deliver innovative funding programs, for both the public and private sectors, to facilitate Canada’s transition to a clean energy economy.  Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada was launched in 2019 under our Energy Innovation Program, and continues to foster these types of collaborative partnerships.

Work with us

“Trusted Partnerships” are an efficient mechanism to facilitate collaboration and co-funding of projects. Established through the signing of Memorandums Of Understanding and Non-Disclosure Agreements, these agreements enable efficient collaboration through the sharing of information, leveraging of respective funding processes and the possible establishment of parallel calls for proposals. Collaborations under the “Trusted Partnerships” platform are not tied to specific programs and can be utilized as a means of cooperating on projects as future opportunities arise.

Our current “Trusted Partners” include Alberta Innovates, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Emissions Reductions Alberta, Innovate BC, Innovation Saskatchewan, Natural Gas Innovation Fund, Offshore Energy Research Association, and Ontario Centre of Excellence.

OERD delivers results

In 2019-20, OERD invested over $500 million in 300 energy innovation and clean technology RD&D projects across eight programs. Project partners invested $3 for every $1 invested by OERD, tripling our impact. The projects resulted in:

  • 1.61 Mt of direct GHG reductions
  • 800 job-years of employment
  • 32 patents and licences
  • Support for the development of 15 codes, standards and regulations
  • 163 peer reviewed publications, 81 technical reports and 128 workshops and conference presentations
  • 26 datasets and modeling tools

Stay Connected!

OERD Programs

Current initiatives are delivering high-quality research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects for Canadians.

Clean Growth Collaboration Community

NRCan’s exciting online community that fosters collaboration amongst stakeholders within the innovation spectrum and helps them find the support they need to be successful. Join Now!

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