Environmental Research and Education Foundation: Sustainable Solid Waste Management

Pre-Proposal Deadline:
December 5 2018

Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is offering funding for proposals relating to sustainable solid waste management practices and pertain to:

  • Waste minimization

  • Recycling  

  • Waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemical or other useful products

  • Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g. organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.)

  • and/or Landfilling

Award Amount: The average grant amount in recent years $210,000 CAD with a range from $15,000 to over $500,000.

Award Duration: Usually 2-3 years.


  • Must be a full-time faculty at an academic institution

How to Apply:

Pre-proposals are REQUIRED prior to submitting a full proposal using the pre-proposal template.

All pre-proposals shall be submitted through an online application found HERE. Mailed hard copies and email submissions will not be accepted.

Assistant Professor Opening at Western University

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering invites applications from qualified individuals to a probationary, tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, in Sustainable Chemical Engineering, effective July 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Exceptional candidates may be considered at the Associate Professor rank, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This is a junior position that will complement and collaborate with a Senior NSERC Industrial Research Chair focusing on the thermochemical conversion of biomass, aiming for the valorization of biomass co-products, -residues and -waste. The successful candidate will be an important member of the Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), conducting research at ICFAR, and contributing to its mission and objectives. ICFAR is an off-campus expanding research institute of Western Engineering, emphasizing technology transfer and commercialization, with a
track-record of successful partnerships with industry and government, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and technical support for large pilot and demonstration plants.

Find more details from here.

Innovative Solutions Canada by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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The Government of Canada is looking for innovators to solve challenges. As the single largest purchaser of Canadian goods and services, the Government of Canada has a unique opportunity to support the growth of Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs.

We need you, Canadian small businesses and innovators, to develop novel solutions to these challenges. Through the Innovative Solutions Canada program, we're partnering with eligible Canadian small businesses and facilitating the early development, testing and validation of prototypes, as well as preparing a pathway to commercialization.

  • If your idea is selected, you could receive up to $150,000 in support to develop a proof of concept.

  • If your proof of concept is approved, you could receive up to $1 million in support to develop a prototype.

  • If the developed innovation solves the Government of Canada's challenge, we could be your first buyer.

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Going Global Innovation Program by Global Affairs Canada

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The Going Global Innovation (GGI) program is specifically designed to promote and enhance Canada's international innovation efforts. The program supports researchers who aim to commercialize technology by pursuing collaborative international research and development (R&D) opportunities through partnerships with key players in foreign markets.

Who are the beneficiaries?
Eligible beneficiaries are Canadian innovators from small or medium size enterprises, universities and nongovernment research centres.

How does the funding work?
GGI provides assistance by contributing up to 75% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $75,000 for any approved project. Eligible expenses may include: international and local travel, accommodation, meals, meeting costs, legal fees to support formalized partnerships, and other costs related to international collaboration. Going Global Innovation supports project driven technology commercialization efforts and is not event driven. Only in very exceptional circumstances will GGI support conference fees. It must be clearly demonstrated to the Department that the meeting with a pre-confirmed foreign entity could not be held anywhere else in the world or at any other time.

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Full scholarship for joint Phd supervision by Southern University of Science and Technology, China


UBC Faculty of Applied Science and Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) partnered to facilitate students who are interested in pursuing a PhD program of study at UBC. Students in this program are co-supervised by UBC and SUSTech professors and spend around 2 years at each university. Completing this program will entitle the students with regular UBC PhD degree and a SUSTech completion certificate. A scholarship has been established to support successful candidates by providing $25,000 per year for 4 years of study.

Professors can nominate potential candidates to the coordinator of either university. The program can help to identify co-supervisor(s) and guide qualified candidates to apply.


Siduo Zhang, Coordinator, UBC

Bao Zhu, Coordinator, SUSTech 

Accelerate Program by Mitacs

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Funding to support graduate students or postdocs to research in a Canadian organization. Internships start at four months and can scale up. Projects receive $15,000 in funding for each four-month.


  • Students: Full-time grad students at all Canadian universities

  • Postdocs: Postdoctoral fellows at all Canadian universities (except those who have previously held a Mitacs Elevate award). PhDs must have been granted no more than five years prior to the project’s start date

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students

  • All academic disciplines

  • Faculty at all Canadian universities who are eligible to hold Tri-Council funds

  • Businesses and not-for-profit organizations

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Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources

University of Calgary

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