Scotiabank Net Zero Research Fund

Scotiabank is seeking applications to the ‘Net Zero Research Fund’. The Fund seeks to initiate partnerships with leading think-tanks and academic institutions that are supporting key sectors in their efforts to decarbonize. Successful proposals may focus on, but are not limited to, one or more of the following themes below:

  • Detailing of potential pathways for decarbonization
  • Identification and quantification of novel carbon sinks (sources of carbon sequestration) and specific mechanisms for carbon removal
  • Emerging and innovative financing mechanisms to support acceleration of decarbonization efforts
  • Public policy and/or regulatory changes required to enable or facilitate more rapid decarbonization
  • Areas of innovation that need to be better understood or funded to accelerate decarbonization pathways. This includes improvements to greenhouse gas emissions-related measurements, data aggregation, and dissemination, especially in sectors with limited data availability and regional variability (such as agriculture and residential mortgages).
  • Levers for increasing consumer, municipal, or industrial demand for drastically lower / zero carbon technologies

Eligibility: To be eligible for funding through the Scotiabank NZRF, partner organizations must be registered not-for-profit or charitiable organizations in their jurisdiction. Any submission not granted funds through this process may be re-submitted for a future Call for Submissions, with the next call expected in Spring 2024.

Amount: $25,000 to $100,000 CAD

Deadline: 2023 Applications will be held from April 19 to May 31, 2023.

Website: Climate Change Centre of Excellence (

SFU signature sheet is due to ORS (  no later than 3 business days before company deadline.

Only one submission per organization is allowed for this program. Please contact by May-10 if you intend to submit a proposal to this call. A limited submission process may be necessary. The limited submission process is now closed for 2023, and an SFU team has been selected to proceed.

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