MICA is a national innovation ecosystem initiative designed to modernize mining, improve its productivity and environmental performance, strengthen the Canadian mineral supply chain, and increase domestic and export sales of Canadian innovators. Recognizing the importance of innovation in mining, in July 2021, the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund Stream 5 program awarded $40 million to the MICA Network.
One of the mandates of the MICA Network is to provide access to leverage funding for high-impact innovative clean technologies within one of the following four technical themes:
- Increase Mine Production Capacity at Lower Cost.
- Reduce Mining Energy Consumption and GHG Emissions.
- Implement Smart, Autonomous Mining Systems.
- Reduce Environmental Risk and Long-Term Liabilities.
The investment in the projects is to advance made-in-Canada solutions, commercialize new, late-stage, high-impact mining technologies and accelerate the number and scale of SMEs engaged in mining.
MICA have recently launched our first Pan-Canadian call for proposals and will be accepting applications from February 7 – March 7, 2022.
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Please note that to be eligible to submit a proposal, the organization must be a member of MICA (SME Level 1 or higher).
To join the MICA Network:
MICA Network issues Pan-Canadian Call for Proposals