Every year, the world population consumes the equivalent of the resources that would be produced by 1.7 planet Earths. Based on the extraction of natural resources as well as on the production, distribution, consumption, and disposal of goods as waste, this linear model is no longer sustainable. In fact, many of our resources exist in limited quantities and do not renew themselves fast enough to support the pace of economic growth.

This is why the sectoral industrial research clusters (RSRIs) representing industries in the biobased economy (CRIBIQ), metal transformation (CRITM), aluminum processing (CQRDA), advanced materials (PRIMA Québec), as well as in the electrical, transportation electrification, and intelligent transportation industries (InnovÉÉ), are joining forces to inaugurate the Supporting Industrial Innovations for the Transition towards a Circular Economy2(SI2TEC) program.

Targeting Quebec SMEs, this financing program intends to foster the emergence of innovative collaborative projects through one of the key strategies of the so-called circular economy, which is industrial symbiosis.

The SIITEC programme aims to :

  • To finance innovative projects demonstrating economic circularity while taking into account the optimisation of the ecological transition (reduction of residues, reduction of GHG, eco-design, carbon neutrality, etc.)
  • Promote networking and synergies between different actors in a strategic sector
  • Supporting the optimal use of resources at all stages of the life cycle
  • Encourage the reduction of the environmental impacts of companies and organisations.
  • Research and development project;
  • Innovation project with a minimum technological maturity level of 6 (NMT): the project should have reached the stage of prototyping/kilobase/real world implementation of the process;
  • Project that proposes one or more solutions to one or more problems in the ecological transition in Quebec in the framework of the circular economy;
  • Project involving at least two eligible entities, one of which must be an SME meeting the above criteria;
  • Project duration: 24 months.

The letter of intent must be submitted no later than Mathilde Boucher 15 December 2022.

The deadline for submitting the final application is 16 February 2023. 

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