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As of July 5, 2021 we are no longer accepting applications for this funding challenge. We encourage you to monitor our Opportunities page for future funding challenges.

Project Background

Throughout the Canadian forest sector, Lignin has traditionally been treated as low-quality, low-value side streams of product processing. However, lignin is an abundant raw material. When extracted and processed, lignin has a wide variety of uses and applications, including opportunities to displace traditional fossil- based chemicals and products. Lignin-derived products will play a crucial role in the Canadian bio-economy value chain.

Nextfor, a program of the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is launching a new accelerated Request for Proposals (RFP) from standing or newly established consortiums which have commercial or pre-commercial ready technologies and solutions to establish or increase the commercial readiness of one of the lignin based platforms as identified by Nextfor’s High Performance Lignin Forums:

  • Polymer Fine Chemicals;
  • Resins/Adhesives;
  • Thermoplastics and Composites

To be eligible for this challenge, the proposed products and/or applications must utilize wood-based lignin.

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Project Goals and Outcomes

The purpose of this RFP is to launch a $1 million joint investment challenge (50% industry matching contribution required) to support a project which will establish or increase the commercial readiness of lignin-based platforms; and build robust consortiums through information sharing and collaboration.

This project would see the commercial demonstration of a new lignin-based product or application in an accelerated timeframe.

The Accelerated Commercialization Trial: Lignin 2.0 (ACT: Lignin 2.0) builds upon Nextfor’s High Performance Lignin Challenge, which was launched in 2020.  Projects in the ACT: Lignin 2.0 funding stream must be completed by March 31, 2023.


For the purposes of this RFP, a consortium must be formed with the lead project proponent being an Ontario-based company. More detail on consortium criteria and eligibility can be found in the supporting documentation.

For the complete ACT: Lignin 2.0 Registration Package, interested parties must register for free to become a Nextfor member.

Launch Date – May 3, 2021
Deadline for Submissions – July 5, 2021