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CNC Challenge 2.0

Researchers are invited to apply to CNC Challenge 2.0

Application deadline is April 13, 2016

Download the Program Guidelines for CNC Challenge 2.0 for eligibility requirements and other important information. 

About CNC

Alberta has one of the few pilot plants in the world capable of producing high-quality CNC (cellulose nanocrystals) in kilogram volumes. The plant is located on the premises of AI Bio's sister corporation, Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures (AITF), in south Edmonton.

CNC consists of nano-scale crystals made from cellulose (plant fibre), the most abundant polymer on earth. This advanced biomaterial is biodegradable, non-toxic, extremely strong and has other unique properties that offer exciting opportunities for a wide range of applications. Current leading-edge research in Alberta includes applications in the fields of energy, health, industrial coatings, electronics and the environment.  

About this program

AI Bio and AITF have collaborated to offer a new program called CNC Challenge 2.0, in followup to an earlier program (CNC Challenge 1.0). This program supports early-stage work to demonstrate technical feasibility of CNC in high-value applications with potential for commercialization. 

We will support up to eight projects, and provide each successful applicant with the following:

  • Up to $25,000 in funding for their CNC project research.
  • Up to one kilogram of CNC from the AITF pilot plant.
  • Access to AITF’s researchers, capacity and facilities.

Successful projects have the potential for ongoing support toward commercialization.

Who can apply?

We invite applications from researchers at Canadian institutions, companies or other organizations.

How to apply 

Applicants must submit their proposals in the form of a Letter of Intent (LOI). All applications should be submitted through the AI Bio research funding online application system.

These General Instructions for Applicants for the Research Funding Online Application System are provided for your reference.

It is also recommended you download this sample form as a reference to assist you in preparing your Letter of Intent.

CNC Challenge 2.0 program contacts

Steve Price, Executive Director,  Bioindustrial Innovation
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

Christine Murray, PhD, Director, Agricultural Technologies
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

Gordon Giles, Director, Forestry
Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures

Marlene Huerta, PhD, Principal Business Advisor, Nano Programs
Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures

Last updated: Friday, March 4, 2016