NGen Sustainable Manufacturing Challenge Opens for Applications March 25

A new funding program in line with Sarnia-Lambton’s goals of supporting innovation and investment along the path to net-zero and emissions reduction, has been announced by NGen.

NGen has launched a new call for project proposals for its Sustainable Manufacturing Challenge. These Projects will aim to accelerate the application of Canadian cleantech and other advanced technologies to improve the environmental sustainability of Canadian manufacturing. NGen will invest up to $35 million of Global Innovation Cluster funding and will raise more than $65 million from industry to launch $100 million in new collaborative projects.

The Sustainable Manufacturing Challenge is seeking projects that will support Canada’s path to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and target challenges like emissions reduction.

  • Reduction of energy usage and natural resource consumption.
  • Operational efficiency gains.
  • Waste reduction.
  • Use of recycled and sustainable materials.
  • Full life cycle product management and closed loop manufacturing.
  • Circular manufacturing of materials.

Projects must be collaborative and transformative, promising to push the boundaries of advanced manufacturing technology and world-class cleantech. Focus areas should include:

  • Low carbon – fuel, feedstock, energy – applied to manufacturing.
  • Implementation of net-zero facilities.
  • Innovative solutions for high heat generation – applied to manufacturing.
  • Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage – applied to manufacturing.
  • Tracking and managing GHG emissions across the supply chain.
  • Smart Manufacturing for efficiency gains and GHG reduction.
  • Greener/circular/sustainable materials.
  • Other – contact to validate eligibility.

For more information about key dates and deadlines, eligibility criteria, and program scope, visit

To get advice, find partners or discuss your project idea, contact program administrators at, or work with staff at the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership to learn more.

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