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UK-Canada sustainable critical minerals

Fund Name

UK-Canada sustainable critical minerals research partnerships

Project Length

Up to 24 months

Project Value




Apply for funding to collaborate with a Canadian research partner to develop partnerships to address key critical minerals research priorities around optimising efficiency and minimising environmental impact across critical minerals value chains.

This funding is from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alliance Missions grants in critical minerals.



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Fund details

The programme will support connections and partnerships between UK and Canadian researchers, providing the opportunity for enhanced collaboration, coordination, and knowledge and skills sharing across disciplines and sectors related to responsible and sustainable mining.

Research addressed by the UK-Canada partnerships will focus on optimisation of efficiency and minimisation of environmental impacts across critical mineral value chains and support development towards a circular economy for critical minerals, as well as building the foundation for future collaborative research.

To apply, you must be:

  • based at a UK research organisation eligible for Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funding
  • in a role that meets the individual eligibility requirements

The full economic cost (FEC) of your project can be up to £240,000. NSERC will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Your project must start by 1 May 2025, and last up to 24 months.

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