Net Zero Emerging Concepts and Technologies (ECT) Research Program - Nova Scotia

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Nova Scotia won’t get to net-zero by 2050 with proven renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. There are still significant knowledge and technology gaps that must be identified and addressed to tackle the most hard-to-abate greenhouse gas emissions in the 2030-2050 period. 

Many of the solutions needed to achieve 2050 net-zero goals need to be invented, proven and scaled up to commercial availability. Bringing critical, emerging technologies and concepts from the laboratory to the market may take decades to achieve. Given the critical importance of action during the next 10 years and the time that it typically takes for emerging technologies to get from the laboratory to market, Nova Scotia cannot afford to wait for market incentives to deliver the level of change required. 

The Net Zero Emerging Concepts and Technologies (ECT) Research Program will help to expedite this process. The ECT Research Program seeks to identify gaps in carbon-reduction pathways for hard-to-abate emissions and to support made-in-Nova Scotia solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions required to achieve net-zero by 2050. The priority research themes include decarbonization of fishing vessels and ferry fleets, nature-based solutions, direct air capture, agricultural emissions, electricity system challenges post 2030 and long term energy storage. Additional themes may be added for Call #2 and will be included in the updated applicant guide when it is made available.

The ECT Research Program is a three-year recurring Open Call program that will make R&D investments in two areas:

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

The primary objective of the ECT Research Program is encourage and fund the Nova Scotia 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 Nova Scotia’s technology incubation ecosystem. 

The Net Zero ECT Research Program is coordinated by Net Zero Atlantic and is supported by $3 million in funding provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change. The provincial government funding being provided for the ECT Research Program advances actions 13 and 63 of Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Plan for Clean Growth, specifically research on natural carbon sinks – such as soil and forests, which absorb carbon dioxide – and research on new clean technologies and practices to help meet our net zero by 2050 target.

Please send any inquiries about the ECT Research Program to

Second Call for Proposals

The second call for proposals in November 2023 has ended. 

First Call for Proposals

Information on the projects funded through the June 2023 call for proposals can be found here:

Anticipated Future Calls for Proposals

Summer 2024.

Next Steps and Important Links

  1. Watch the recording of the Net Zero ECT Research Program Call 2 information webinar here.
  2. Sign up here for Net Zero Atlantic’s monthly Zeroing In newsletter for regular updates on the Net Zero ECT Research Program.
  3. Watch the ECT-Call #1 Debrief here.


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

ECT-NS Applicant Guide (FINAL) 

ECT-NS Proposal Submission Template (FINAL) 

ECT-NS 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


Net Zero Atlantic & Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change

April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2026