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Energy Innovation Program – National Energy Systems Modelling Call Guidelines

Status: Closed

Focus area

The National Energy Systems Modelling Call, delivered under Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Energy Innovation Program (EIP), targets projects which quantitatively model the role of innovative technologies in achieving emissions reductions in the energy sector and its role within a net-zero emissions economy.


The National Energy Systems Modelling Call is open to projects which conduct quantitative modelling (e.g., simulation, optimization) of Canada’s energy system at a national level, showing potential trajectories to net zero and how these could be affected by technological innovation. Projects may focus on specific aspects of the energy system (e.g., buildings, electricity, industrial subsector) but must produce national, economy-wide GHG and energy results to demonstrate consistency with net zero. Further details can be found in the Applicant Guide.

The call is open to the following eligible Canadians:

  1. Legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada including:
    • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations;
    • Community groups; and
    • Canadian academic institutions.
  2. Provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal governments and their departments and agencies where applicable.
  3. Indigenous:
    • Indigenous communities or governments
    • Tribal councils or entities that fulfill a similar function (e.g., general council)
    • National and regional Indigenous councils, and tribal organizations
    • Indigenous (majority owned and controlled by Indigenous people) for-profit and not-for-profit organizations
    • For the purposes of this Applicant Guide, the term “Indigenous” is understood to include Inuit, Metis, First Nation, Status Indian, and non-Status Indian individuals, or any combination thereof

It is expected that the proponent, i.e., the entity that will sign a contribution agreement with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), will be the majority owner of any assets purchased in full or in part through funding provided by NRCan.


The National Energy Systems Modelling Call is open to projects that request a minimum of $100,000 over a period of up to 3 years, up to a maximum contribution of $1 million. Further details can be found in the Applicant Guide.

Maximum Contribution Percentage
(% of Total Project Cost)
Minimum Contribution Maximum Contribution Maximum Government Stacking Percentage
 (% of Total Project Cost)
Project Life
100% $100,000 $1,000,000 100% Up to 3 years

The EIP provides non-repayable contributions for projects.

IMPORTANT: Details on eligibility and funding can be found in the Applicant Guide. Applicants are encouraged to download and read through the guide to determine eligibility.

How to apply

The call’s project selection process has two phases:

  • expression of interest (EOI) phase, open to all eligible applicants
  • full project proposal (FPP) phase, open to invited applicants only

To apply, applicants must complete and submit their EOI via the Applicant Portal by 3:00 p.m. PT on January 26, 2024.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they meet the eligibility criteria and that their EOI is fully completed and successfully submitted by the deadline.

NRCan reserves the right to apply the following additional criteria when selecting projects at the EOI and FPP stages:

  • Projects that support departmental priorities such as regional balance in Canada, advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in the natural resources sector, and socio-economic considerations. Additional details can be found in the Applicant Guide.

Next steps and timelines

The following timelines are anticipated for this call. NRCan, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to modify these anticipated timelines.

Next steps and timelines
Steps Dates
Open for EOI Applications December 11, 2023
Deadline for EOI Applications January 26, 2024
3:00 p.m. PT
Notification of EOI Results Spring 2024
Deadline for FPP Submissions Summer 2024
Project Selection/Notification Fall 2024
Due Diligence Winter 2024
Drafting and Signing of Contribution Agreements Winter 2024/25

Information sessions

Virtual information sessions were hosted in December 2023 to offer guidance on the application process and provide an avenue for interested applicants to ask questions in a live Q&A format.

Modelling Information Session
(recording on YouTube)

Need help? Contact us

For any questions regarding the call, please contact NRCan at During regular operations, NRCan will strive to respond within two business days.

For technical support regarding the Applicant Portal, please contact

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