Post-Secondary Clean Energy Partnerships Program
Launched in 2015, the Post-Secondary Clean Energy Partnerships (PSCEP) Program supports research in clean energy science and technology projects undertaken by post-secondary institutions in B.C.
Funded through the Province's Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund, the PSCEP program supports the B.C. Government’s energy, economic, environmental and greenhouse gas reduction priorities and advance B.C.’s clean energy sector. Technological advancements as a result of research may lead to the emergence of more start-up companies and the retention of high quality intellectual capital within B.C.
Approval for ICE Fund support from the Ministry of Energy and Mines (the Ministry) is based on an institution’s successful application for federal research funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
This federal research funding agency offers grant programs that build research relationships between post-secondary institutions and Canadian companies to help advance research and development (R&D) in many sectors and disciplines relating to science and technology.
The ICE Fund’s PSCEP Program supports the goals and objectives of the B.C. Government’s Clean Energy Act, Climate Leadership Plan, Energy Plan, Jobs Plan, and the ICE Fund Special Account legislation.
University, College and Technical Institution Grant Programs
Under the PSCEP Program, the Ministry will co-fund two NSERC granting programs:
Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants
Supports well-defined projects undertaken by B.C. university researchers and their B.C.-based private sector partners. Direct project costs will be shared by the industrial partner(s), NSERC and the Ministry. Projects may range from one year to five years in duration, but most awards are for two or three years.
Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants
Supports well-defined applied research and development projects undertaken by B.C. college researchers with their B.C.-based private sector partners. Direct project costs are shared by the company partner(s), NSERC and the Ministry. Projects may range from one year to three years in duration.
Amount of Incentives
The 2016 PSCEP Program will provide $250,000 for projects initiated after April 1, 2017 for the 2017/2018 fiscal year.
The ICE Fund will award 1/3 of total research project cost, up to a maximum of $50,000, whichever is lower. For example, the ICE Fund and NSERC research funding ratio breakdown for a research project costing $150,000 is as follows:
- 1/3 of total research project budget provided by NSERC to post-secondary institution
- 1/3 of total research project budget provided by ICE Fund to post-secondary institution
- 1/3 of total research project budget provided by institution’s company partner to post-secondary institution, no more than 50% of this total can come from the company’s in-kind/internal expenses
Example: Research Project Funding Breakdown