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Lignin Challenge 1.0

NEW: Researchers at Canadian institutions, companies are invited to apply to Lignin Challenge 1.0 

(February 2018) 

Alberta Innovates invites proposals for funding under Lignin Challenge 1.0, a sub-program of Alberta Bio Future. We are offering this funding in partnership with West Fraser, an integrated forest products company.  

Alberta Bio Future (ABF) and its sub-programs focus primarily on projects that add value to biomass in agriculture and forestry, and create new and improved bioindustrial products and bioindustrial technologies.

About this sub-program

Lignin Challenge 1.0 was launched in February 2018. It supports early-stage work to demonstrate technical feasibility of lignin in high-value applications with potential for commercialization. 

Alberta Innovates and West Fraser will fund up to 18 projects. Funding requests up to $25,000 will be considered.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Up to $25,000 in funding.
  • Quantity of lignin from the West Fraser pilot plant.
  • Access to researchers, capacity and facilities at InnoTech Alberta.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Researchers at Canadian institutions, companies or other organizations.
  • Projects must be completed within one year.

Download Program Guidelines for Alberta Bio Future, Lignin Challenge 1.0 to find out more about eligibility requirements and other important information.

How to apply

Lignin Challenge 1.0 has a single-stage, online application process: Letter of Intent (LOI). LOIs will be accepted until March 15, 2018.  

To apply for funding, go to the online application system. This sample form can be downloaded as a reference to assist you in preparing your application:

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

Program contacts

Steve Price, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation

Christine Murray, PhD, Director, Agricultural Technologies

Gordon Giles, Director, Forestry

Last updated: Thursday, February 8, 2018