How To Apply
- Make sure your idea aligns with ERA’s areas of focus as identified in our Technology Roadmap.
- Check the Open Opportunities section to find out if there are any funding opportunities available for submission.
- For any Open Opportunities of interest, be sure to read the Guidelines Document to fully understand the scope and focus of the opportunity.
- Submit an Expression of Interest. See the Funding Process section for further detail about the application process.
- If your proposal is shortlisted, you will be notified by ERA and invited to submit a Full Project Proposal.
ERA Funding Process
As groundbreakers, we know there’s no reward without risk.
ERA is investing in a diverse portfolio of transformative, sustainable technologies that reduce GHG emissions and position Alberta for success in a lower-carbon economy.
Projects submitted for funding consideration are evaluated through a rigorous process to ensure that ERA’s funds are invested prudently.
ERA uses a Call for the Proposals process that is divided into two stages, the Expression of Interest (EOI) stage and the Full Project Proposal (FPP) stage. This is then followed by Contracting and Project Execution. The following description outlines the process that ERA follows for its Call for Proposals funding initiatives. While this procedure is used in each case, some adaptations are made to achieve the greatest outcomes for each initiative. ERA typically finalizes its funding decisions approximately six months after receiving the original Expressions of Interest.
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Expression of Interest (EOI) Stage
Public Call for EOIs
ERA issues a call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) and promotes it through our newsletter, website, and targeted outreach. An online webinar is held to answer questions from prospective applicants.
Applicants submit EOIs online through our information management system (ERIMS). All applications must be submitted by the deadline specified in the call for EOIs.
Expert Team Evaluation
ERA’s team of technical experts review and evaluate EOI submissions based on the criteria published in the call for EOIs.
ERA’s review team holds an in-depth review meeting to discuss the EOIs and develops a shortlist of applications to be invited to the FPP stage through consensus.
Decision Letter to Applicants
ERA provides a letter to all applicants indicating whether their proposal is shortlisted. Unsuccessful applicants are offered a debrief meeting to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their proposal, and the factors that led to ERA’s decision.
Full Project Proposal (FPP) Stage
ERA assigns a proposal advisor to support the preparation of each Full Project Proposal (FPP). Applicants are required to submit their FPP and supporting documentation through the ERIMS by the deadline specified in the FPP guidelines document.
All FPP applicants are invited to deliver an in-person oral presentation to ERA’s review team to summarize their proposal and answer questions.
Expert Team Evaluation
A team of technical experts evaluates the FPPs based on the submitted documents, the in-person presentations, and supporting information from ERA’s financial and GHG quantification teams. The review team discusses all FPPs at an in-depth consensus meeting and develops a funding recommendation for ERA’s Board of Directors.
ERA’s Board of Directors makes a final funding decision based on the recommendation provided by the review team.
Decision Letter to Applicants
ERA provides a letter to all FPP applicants indicating whether funding has been approved, including any conditions of approval that need to be satisfied before funding can be provided. Unsuccessful applicants are offered a debrief meeting to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their proposal, and the factors that led to ERA’s decision.
Project Execution Stage
Work Plan Finalization
ERA assigns a project advisor to each successful applicant to act as the primary point of contact with ERA for the duration of the project. Recipients work with their project advisor to finalize the work plan for the approved project.
Each recipient signs a legal agreement with ERA that outlines the terms of funding, the schedule of milestones and payments, and the recipient’s reporting obligations.
A steering committee is formed between ERA, the recipient, and any critical project partners. Project progress is monitored through steering committee meetings and communication between the funding recipient and ERA.
Funding recipients provide progress reports at the completion of every major milestone during their project. ERA makes payments after milestone completion and reporting.
Sharing of Results
Recipients provide ERA with final reports detailing outcomes, learnings, and future plans related to the project. A non-confidential version of the final outcomes report is made publicly available on ERA’s website. ERA works with recipients to ensure critical learnings are shared.
The entire ERA evaluation process involves participation by an independent Fairness Monitor that reports directly to the ERA Board of Directors to ensure that all applicants are treated in a fair and equitable manner. The Fairness Monitor’s findings are presented to ERA’s Board of Directors before any funding decisions are made.
Expressions of Interest
ERA’s evaluation process begins with submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI), which outlines the proposed project and technology advancement opportunity. A firm deadline is provided for all interested applicants to submit an EOI.
Each EOI is evaluated by a team of experts with a breadth of knowledge in the areas of science, engineering, business development & growth, financing, and greenhouse gas quantification. The review team uses a standard and transparent set of criteria to evaluate each project’s potential to make an important contribution to the achievement of ERA’s goals.
Projects that are well-aligned with ERA’s mandate and demonstrate high potential to achieve the objectives identified in the funding guidelines are shortlisted, and those applicants are invited to submit Full Project Proposals (FPPs).
Full Project Proposals
Applicants invited to submit Full Project Proposals (FPPs) are provided with instructions and guidelines, and assigned a Proposal Advisor who provides guidance and assistance to help applicants ensure that proposals are completed fully and in accordance with the FPP guidelines. Proposal Advisors also act as the primary point of contact between applicants and ERA, and help ensure that the process is clearly understood.
ERA enters into a contractual agreement with all successful applicants. This agreement outlines details such as the project scope, work plan, deliverables and terms of funding, among others. An ERA Project Advisor is also assigned to continue providing guidance and serving as the primary point of contact for ERA.
Over the course of the funded project(s), project proponents are responsible for regularly reporting on progress. A detailed report describing project outcomes, performance and other aspects must be provided to ERA at the conclusion of each project. Information about each funded project and project status information is made available through the ERA Annual Report and in Funded Projects.