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Carbon Fibre Grand Challenge | Alberta Innovates


$200,001 up to $4,000,000 CAD awarded to successful applicants. A total of $20,000,000 CAD is available. 


The Carbon Fibre Grand Challenge (‘CFGC’) is a $26 million three-phase competition with the objective of accelerating the development of large-scale production pathways for short and continuous carbon fibre from bitumen-derived feedstocks and promoting their use in manufactured products.

Eligible Applicants

Applicant teams must meet the following requirements:

  • Team qualification requirements:
    • Demonstrated ability to modify bitumen-based feeds
    • Demonstrated ability to prepare carbon fibre (> 10 grams per day)
    • Demonstrated ability to evaluate carbon fibre end use application
  • General Requirements:
    • Canadian IP ownership or guaranteed ability to license to Canadian entities
    • Spinoff companies are not required
  • Proposal Requirements:
    • Have a proposed carbon fibre manufacturing process.
    • Preliminary energy requirements for the manufacturing process.
    • Potential end uses identified.

Eligible Expenses

To qualify for funding, all Projects must:

  • Align with the objectives of the Carbon Fibre Grand Challenge Phase III;
  • Be structured with well-defined objectives, milestones, deliverables, and timelines to meet the Phase III targeted outcomes.
  • Be completed by August 31, 2026.
  • Any project that does not involve the production of carbon fibre from an Alberta bitumen derived feed will be immediately disqualified and not reviewed.

Deadline Date

  Phase III: Applications will open on May 15, 2023 until June 26, 2023. Program resources coming soon.


Contact Name: Paolo Bomben, PhD (Senior Manager, Clean Technology Development - Clean Energy)

Phone Number: 587-779-2917

E-mail Address:


Industry: Energy & Environment, Location: Alberta ,
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