Critical Minerals Geoscience and Data Initiative – Call for proposals


Boosting Canada’s critical minerals potential through data and digital technologies

Closed for applications

The Critical Minerals Geoscience and Data (CMGD) Initiative provides funding to enhance access to important data and insights into the location, quality and economic feasibility of critical minerals resources. By harnessing the power of geoscience and data, we will pave the way for the responsible growth of industries that rely on these minerals, from technology and energy to defence and infrastructure.

Amount available: Up to $500,000 per project

Federal government funding cannot exceed 75% of the total project cost.

Type of funding: Non-repayable contributions

Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. PDT, on May 31, 2024

Program timeframe: April 1, 2025, to March 31, 2027


CMGD Initiative objectives

Expected CMGD Initiative outcomes

How to apply

This call for proposals is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications.

Step 1: Request a project proposal package (i.e., CMGD Initiative Contribution Project Proposal Template and CMGD Initiative Contribution Proposed Budget Template) from the CMGD Initiative Coordination Office, at

Step 2: Email or mail your completed CMGD Initiative Contribution Project Proposal Template and CMGD Initiative Contribution Proposed Budget Template to the CMGD Initiative Coordination Office. The receipt of each submission will be acknowledged via email. Incomplete submissions will be automatically rejected and receive no further consideration. Additional documentation will not be considered in the evaluation.

Email address:

Mailing address:
Critical Minerals Geoscience and Data Initiative Coordination Office
Geological Survey of Canada
601 Booth Street, Room 461
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E8

Please note that Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) recognizes that email is not a secure means of communication and NRCan cannot guarantee the security of confidential information sent via email while it is in transit.

After you apply

Review procedures and assessment criteria

All submissions that include both a completed and signed CMGD Initiative Contribution Project Proposal Template and a completed CMGD Initiative Contribution Proposed Budget Template will be evaluated by scientific experts and senior program managers. After a weighted assessment (see table below), CMGD Initiative management will determine the successful proposals and decide whether the work is best done under the auspices of a renewable single-year contribution agreement or a two-year contribution agreement. There will be no appeal process. Only applicants who are successful at this stage will be invited to negotiate the terms and conditions of a subsequent contribution agreement.

Project proposal assessment criteria

Weighting Category Considerations
30% Alignment with CMGD Initiative objectives and Pan-Canadian Geoscience Strategy Does the submission clearly demonstrate how the proposed project would benefit and support critical minerals development in Canada?
40% Scientific merit, work plan and budget Is the proposed project scientifically sound and technically feasible? Is the work plan reasonable and effectively costed?
10% Research competence Does the research team have the expertise required to achieve their objectives competently and complete the project successfully?
10% Collaborations, partnerships and leveraging Are there other collaborators or partners involved in the project? If so, what cash or in-kind contributions are being made to the project by the recipient and other collaborators or partners? Proponents should target at least 50% cash or in-kind support for their project.
10% Development of highly qualified personnel Does the submission indicate how the knowledge and experience gained by involved students, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants or others (including industrial personnel) help develop the next generation of highly skilled geoscientists who might be employed by the Canadian minerals industry, research institutes or universities?

Reporting requirements

Regular communication between NRCan and the recipients will be established to monitor progress.

Proponents may be asked to provide reports identified in the recipient’s original project proposal for the purposes of determining program performance and assist in evaluation of the program. Frequency of reporting will be established as per the recipient/project risk assessment.

All recipients of a contribution agreement shall provide the following:

Eligible expenditures

Eligible expenditures must be directly related to the approved projects and may include:

Ineligible expenditures

About the CMGD Initiative

The CMGD Initiative is one part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to strengthen the supply chains of critical minerals that are needed for a green and digital economy. The Initiative will provide up to $2.8 million in contributions funding from 2025 to 2027 to provide essential knowledge and data to support the sustainable development of Canada’s critical minerals resources.

Visit the CMGD Initiative web page to learn more about the program.

Contact us

For further information, please send an email to the CMGD Initiative Coordination Office, at


NRCan reserves the right to alter or cancel any call for proposals, funding amounts and/or deadlines associated with any program component, or to cancel any call for proposal process at its sole discretion. Any changes will be communicated to applicants via the program website.

Any costs incurred for the submission of a project application are at the applicant’s own risk and cannot be considered as part of total project costs. In all cases, any funding under any submission, review and assessment process will be contingent upon the execution of a contribution agreement.

Until a written contribution agreement is signed by both parties, no commitment or obligation exists on the part of NRCan to make a financial contribution to any project, including any expenditure incurred or paid prior to the signing of such contribution agreement.

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