Net Zero Emerging Concepts and Technologies (ECT) Research Program – New Brunswick

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Many of the solutions needed to achieve 2050 net-zero emissions goals must still be invented, proven and scaled up to commercial availability. Significant knowledge and technology gaps remain, and these must be identified and addressed to tackle the most hard-to-abate greenhouse gas emissions in the 2030-2050 period.

The Net Zero Emerging Concepts and Technologies New Brunswick Research Program will help to expedite the process of bringing critical, emerging technologies and concepts from the laboratory to the market. This program seeks to identify gaps in carbon-reduction pathways for hard-to-abate emissions and to support made-in-New Brunswick solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions required to achieve net-zero by 2050.

The ECT Research Program is an Open Call program that will make R&D investments in two areas:

  1. fostering conceptual, early-stage genesis of novel technologies in New Brunswick, and
  2. evaluating the suitability of technologies emerging in other jurisdictions for New Brunswick.

The primary objective of the Net Zero ECT-NB Research Program is to encourage and fund the New Brunswick research and innovation community (both private and academic sectors) to identify and develop a suite of promising, emerging clean technologies, approaches and practices that warrant continued funding from New Brunswick’s technology incubation ecosystem. Priority Research Themes are included in the Applicant Guide available below.

The Net Zero ECT-NB Research Program is coordinated by Net Zero Atlantic and is supported by $250,000 in funding provided by the Opportunities New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation.

First Call for Proposals

The first call for proposals in November 2023 has ended. 

Next Steps and Important Links

  1. Sign up here for Net Zero Atlantic’s monthly Zeroing In newsletter for regular updates on the Net Zero ECT-NB Research Program.
  2. Watch the the ECT-NB Call Webinar here.

Please send any inquiries about the ECT-NB Research Program to


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Last updated November 17th, 2023.

ECT-NB Applicant Guide (FINAL)

ECT-NB Proposal Submission Template (FINAL)

ECT-NB Budget Submission Template (FINAL)


“Wild cards” (high-risk, high-reward solutions that are still in early stages of development) have an important role to play in Canada’s transition to net-zero. Wild cards have the potential to fundamentally change Canada’s path to net-zero, and action is required now to ensure these solutions are ready when Canada needs them.”

--Canadian Climate Institute

April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2026