Advancing Capital Deployment of Next-Generation Forest-Based Solutions

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We are no longer accepting applications for this opportunity. We encourage you to monitor our opportunities for future funding challenges.

2023 Pre-Feasibility Funding Challenge

Nextfor has launched this challenge fund to support the commercial development, investment, advancement and deployment of next-generation forest-based solutions in Ontario.

This program strongly aligns with Natural Resources Canada’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Forest Biomass Program.

Examples of eligible projects under this stream include:

  • engineering and feasibility studies
  • pre-commercial and commercial scientific trials
  • operational and technical requirement assessments, for projects that use forest biomass as a primary feedstock

Eligible projects will address one or more of the following Nextfor focus areas: Biomaterials (Lignin, Biocomposites), Biocarbon for Heavy Industry (decarbonization and/or biofuels).

The funding is a private/public joint innovation fund operated under the governance structure of the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bioeconomy (CRIBE). This Challenge is fully aligned to CRIBE’s mission mandate.

Eligible project challenge funding from CRIBE will be a reimbursement of 50% of total project costs, up to $150,000.


Please direct all inquiries and responses via email to:


Nextfor Coordinator

Centre for Research & Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE)


with “Next-Generation Forest-Based Solutions Funding 2023” in the subject line.

Applications Due January 12, 2024 11:59 pm EST.


Any party who meets the eligibility requirements can apply, however any application for Nextfor funding requires all perspective project proponents register with Nextfor in order to receive funding application information. Registration is free and can be done through the Nextfor website at

Next Steps

After reading the RFP package, interested parties are asked to submit their proposed project via PDF. See details in the RFP Package below.

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