January 30, 2006

SDTC issues SOI call to launch ninth project funding round

Sustainable Development Technology Canada has launched its next ninth funding round with a call for Statements of Interest (SOI). These will be due by March 15, 2006.

The call includes applications for technologies to address climate change, clean air and - recently - clean water and clean soil issues.

Prospective clean water technologies will look to optimize Canada's water and wastewater infrastructure, improve water conservation, update existing diagnostic tools and methods, and address public concerns about drinking water safety. Soil improvement technologies will aim to prevent, treat or contain the contamination of soil, improve water retention, crop yield and vegetation cover, and support brownfield redevelopment to enhance land value and use. Technologies designed to mitigate environmental impacts, such as soil remediation, or to remove pollution and generate value, such as brownfield redevelopment, will also be considered.

SOI submitters will be notified of the results by April 19, with proposals due by June 7. SDTC will announce the projects receiving support from this round of funding in November. Meanwhile, proposals seeking support through the eighth funding round were received earlier this month, and those selected for funding will be announced in July. SDTC holds two rounds of funding each year, with the next call for SOIs slated to begin in August.

To date, SDTC has completed seven funding rounds, allocated $169 million to 75 clean technology projects, and leveraged $446 million from project consortia members. SDTC currently manages $615 million in projects. This represents nearly a 3:1 ratio of industry-partner contribution to SDTC investment. In eight calls for SOIs since April 2002, SDTC has received more than 1,084 applications from more than 2,600 companies and organizations, representing clean technology project potential valued at $9.2 billion.

More information about SDTC's funding process and criteria is available on its Web site, www.sdtc.ca. Applications can be submitted on-line at www.sdtc.ca/en/funding/advice/soi_application.htm. Questions may be E-mailed to applications@sdtc.ca.

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