Research Proposals

Apply for Research Funding

Note: Due to changes to administrative research funding processes in Research Services Office, Colleges and Faculties, FES now requires firm proposal submission deadlines to facilitate processing by end of a fiscal year. The firm deadline for submissions of FES Notices of Intent for fiscal year 2024-2025 is September 30, 2024.

1. Accelerator Fund

The Future Energy Systems (FES) Accelerator Fund is intended to advance current and past FES funded research to implementation, including pilot and field application, in collaboration with external stakeholders.

For detailed information about criteria, process, and timelines, click here.

2. Project for recently appointed University of Alberta faculty (2021 or later)

New members of faculty can be supported for up to three years if appointed in 2023, two years if appointed in 2022, and one year if appointed in 2021. The proposed research must align with one or more of the areas described here.

For detailed information about criteria, process, and timelines, click here.

Start your application process by filling out the recently appointed faculty Notice of Intent form. Following review, successful Notice of Intent applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

3. Future Energy Systems - Global Research Initiative Joint Research Booster Fund

Joint application to the University of Alberta and University of Calgary CFREF programs’ FES-GRI Joint Research Booster Fund, is open to all members of faculty at the University of Alberta who would like to boost recent or near future substantial research project applications that fit both FES and GRI mandates.

Researchers who have applied or will apply for substantial research funds from major Canadian research funding agencies (e.g., Alberta Innovates, ERA, NRC, NRCan, PrairiesCan, etc.) or industry or industry consortia that fit the FES and GRI objectives will be eligible. Such applications would need to have been submitted to the external funding agencies on or after April 1 2022; applications submitted after April 1 2023 will also be eligible if FES-GRI funds are still available.

For detailed information about criteria, process, and timelines, click here.

Interested and potentially eligible applicants are encouraged to contact the Director of their own institution’s CFREF program, providing as many details as possible to initiate a conversation about their project’s scope, deliverables and additional financial support sought from the joint initiative.

4. Project for all University of Alberta faculty

Future Energy Systems will issue targeted calls for funding applications when they are needed in specific categories of research.

Future Energy Systems accepts expressions of interest in all areas of energy systems on an ongoing basis to maintain awareness of important research and collaboration opportunities that it may be able to help fund or find partners for. Email FES at (