How to apply

The Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) FundNatural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada application process has two phases.

In phase 1, the applicant will submit a letter of intent (LOI) to the ICE Fund within the specified time frame.

In phase 2, upon Ministry of Energy and Mines review and approval of the LOI, the applicant will be invited to submit a full application to NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) or Applied Research and Development (ARD) grant program within the specified time frame.

Phase 1 - Letter of Intent (LOI) Submission

Step 1: Read the 2016 PSCEP Program Guide (PDF)  to understand the program objectives and how to apply.

Step 2: Complete your LOI submission using the mandatory template (DOC) which summarizes your clean energy research proposal, in collaboration with your B.C. private sector partner(s).

Step 3: Email your LOI submission to at the ICE Fund by 5 pm PST on January 20, 2017. Confirmation will be provided by the Ministry within 24 hours of submission.

Step 4: The LOI will be screened to ensure the mandatory criteria have been met. The PSCEP Review Committee will review and evaluate the LOIs according to the evaluation and scoring criteria outlined in Section 4 of the program guide.  A decision will be made by February 1, 2017 and top-scoring applicants will be advised by email to proceed to Phase 2.

Phase 2 - Full NSERC Application

Step 5: If the ICE Fund LOI is approved, applicants will be invited to complete and submit to NSERC a CRD or ARD grant application on NSERC forms.

Step 6: NSERC application (Form 101) must be submitted to NSERC no later than March 31, 2017. A completed copy must also be emailed to at the ICE Fund.

Step 7: NSERC will conduct its normal review of proposals (3-5 month process) and will inform applicants of its funding decision.

Step 8: Applicants whose applications have been approved by NSERC for either an NSERC-CRD or NSERC-ARD grant, must forward a copy of NSERC's 'Notice of Conditional Award' letter to within seven days of receipt of notification. Subsequently, Ministry staff must be notified within seven days should the applicant receive a negative funding decision.


  • Mandatory LOI screening criteria and how your submission will be evaluated is noted in Section 4 of the program guide.
  • Ministry funding is contingent on NSERC approval of project funding
  • Funding provided by the Ministry and NSERC will be determined by program requirements and annual financial resources of both agencies
  • Academic applicants can apply to NSERC at any time, but bypassing the LOI process noted in Section 3 of the program guide will exclude the applicant from potential Ministry funding