Launch of Joint Canada – UK Research Call in Tidal Energy Technologies




Canada and the United Kingdom launch joint research competition to develop enhanced sensing technologies for in-stream tidal energy applications 

The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) and Technology Strategy Board (TSB) are jointly investing approximately $1.4 million CAD (approximately £755,000) in collaborative R&D projects to develop enhanced sensing technologies for tidal in-stream energy applications. The objective of this competition is to develop the technologies to lead to the acquisition of better data, improved data analysis, and collection methods that facilitate in the reduction of risk, uncertainty and cost to the tidal in-stream energy industry. 

Proposals must be collaborative and business-led, including at least one business from Canada and one from the United Kingdom. We expect to fund industrial research projects, in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for small to medium enterprises). 

We expect total project costs to be in the region of $500,000 CAD (approximately £275,000), though not to the exclusion of projects of other sizes. 

This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 6 October 2014. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon Atlantic Standard Time or 16:00 Greenwich Mean Time on 28 November 2014. 

To learn more about the scope of the competition and eligibility guidelines, please refer to the following link: 

Prospective applicants are requested to indicate their interest in this competition by completing the online registration form

The time between this call announcement and the competition opening for applications has been designed to allow the development of relations between Canadian and United Kingdom organisations with a view to forming project consortia. The registration form does not represent a binding intent to make an application but OERA and TSB will inform the list of registrants about events and support activities that will be organised to aid the consortium building process. 

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Pinks
Research Manager
Offshore Energy Research Association
Tel: 902-406-7013