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Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) Grants | Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)


Maximum $350,000


The Government of Canada is committed to helping unlock the full mineral and energy potential of the North and to promoting responsible land development in the region.

In August 2013 the Government of Canada renewed support of $100 million over seven years (2013-2020) for the Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) program, which advances geological knowledge in the North to support increased exploration of natural resources and inform decisions on land use that balance conservation and responsible resource development.

Funding is mostly allocated through competitive process through Calls for proposals (solicited proposals). Outside of a call for proposals, unsolicited proposals may be considered if they are directly aligned with Program outputs and/or outcomes, subject to budget availability and time.

Eligible Applicants

  • Canadian and international not-for profit organizations (including industry and research and professional associations)
  • Canadian and international academic institutions
  • First Nations and Indigenous organizations and groups
  • Provincial, Territorial, Regional, and Municipal governments and their departments and agencies where applicable

Eligible Expenses

  • Salaries and benefits
  • Professional, scientific and contracting services
  • Travel expenditures, including meals and accommodation, based on National Joint Council Rates. For academic institutions, travel expenditures may be in accordance with their established policies and directives
  • Transportation rentals and leases
  • Field equipment
  • Facility rentals and meeting expenses
  • Communications materials, including: translation, printing and binding, promotion of workshops and publication of project reports
  • Office operating  and  maintenance  expenditures  that  directly  support  the  project, (E.g. materials, supplies and equipment including computer software and computer support services)
  • Accounting/administrative services (not to exceed 15% of total project costs)
  • Goods and Services Tax, Provincial Sales Tax, and Harmonized Sales Tax, net of any tax rebate to which the Recipient is entitled

Deadline Date

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