About the CitiesIPCC Legacy Research Grant Program


The City of Edmonton, with support from Alberta Ecotrust, are partnering to deliver research grants to help advance knowledge about how Edmonton can become an energy sustainable and climate resilient city.

Timelines


Please review the following timeline, and all criteria and guidelines for the CitiesIPCC Legacy Grant Program in advance of submitting a proposal. We highly recommend all interested parties contact us in advance of applying for funding.

Application Portal Opens

June 14
  • All applications must be submitted through our online system.

Application Deadline

August 15
  • All applications must be submitted through the online portal.

Grant Criteria


All projects must align with Edmonton's long term vision of transitioning to a low-carbon future. Check the City of Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy and Climate Resilient Edmonton: Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan to ensure your project contributes to those goals. We highly recommend all interested parties contact us in advance of submitting a proposal to ensure project and organizational fit. Maximum disbursement per project is $50,000.

Project & Organization Eligibility


We highly recommend all interested parties contact us in advance of submitting a proposal to ensure project and organizational fit.

Project Eligibility

  • All research must address the priority issue of energy transition and/or climate change adaptation and resilience within the boundaries of the City of Edmonton
  • Project end date is a maximum of 18 months after the start date
  • There is no requirement for submissions to identify matching funds, however this grant award may be combined/stacked with contributions from other sources
  • Indirect or overhead costs are eligible up to a maximum of 15% of the grant request

Eligible Organizations

  • Academics and academic institutions, including graduate students
  • Registered nonprofits and registered charities
  • For-profit and private sector entities are eligible provided they partner with an academic and/or nonprofit organization who acts as the lead proponent for the project.

Research Agenda


The City of Edmonton has a series of research questions they are seeking to answer through the CitiesIPCC Legacy Research Grant Program. Preference will be given to research projects directly addressing one or more of the research questions below. 

Research that does not directly answer one of the questions below, but is aligned with the Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science may still be considered. However, we strongly encourage a discussion about your proposal with Alberta Ecotrust Foundation and the City of Edmonton prior to applying for funding.

Preference will be given to research projects that address one or more of the following research questions:

Energy Transition Key Research Questions

Low Carbon Transportation

  1. Is it technically possible and economically viable to convert small internal combustion engine cargo vehicles to electric, and if so what skills and training are required to do this at a large scale? 
  2. Related to large fleets, the current power grid presents a challenge to electrification of vehicles. What may be the role of on-site generation in facilitating the transition for fleets and what are considerations for the design and operation of these systems?

Adaptation & Resilience Key Research Questions

Precipitation, Water Conservation, Ice Jamming, Flooding

  1. Water Security Assessment – How will Edmonton’s current water sources be impacted by a changing climate? Identify monitoring metrics and thresholds above which Edmonton’s water is insecure and assess future risks and consequences related to climate change and urban growth.  
  2. River flooding intervention modelling – Develop a modelling tool to determine how different river flooding interventions (i.e., flood walls, berms, deployable flood barriers like sandbags) would impact flooding levels in communities located within the floodway (factoring in climate change and associated impacts on flood events).

Resilience Hubs

  1. What types of resilience hubs are appropriate for Edmonton, given the changing climate? 
  2. What is an approach for identifying the need for and geo-spatial locations within Edmonton for resilience hubs? 

Urban Design - Role of Infrastructure, Drainage, Road Networks, Vegetation

  1. Localized Climate Monitoring and Notification Assessment – What parameters, coverage, and macro/micro technical options are needed to design a municipal climate monitoring network and corresponding emergency notification system? 
  2. City Wide Wind Assessment
    • Research into a city wide wind assessment, and how that is expected to change with both climate change and projected land use change. 
    • Will there be areas of the city that likely will experience stronger winds than others?
    • Are there factors that should be considered in land use planning and infrastructure design to mitigate extreme wind? 
    • Alternatively, should there be wind tunnels that are retained/designed in order to have better airflow for air quality dispersion reasons?

Nature Based Solutions

  1. Food Security Assessment
    • How will Edmonton’s food self-sufficiency be impacted by a global changing climate? 
    • Does Edmonton have the right tools and capacity (i.e., available land) to become food self-sufficient if climate change disrupts the supply chain? 
    • Identify monitoring metrics and thresholds above which Edmonton’s food supply is insecure and assess future risks and consequences related to climate change and urban growth.

Application Portal


The Application Portal for the CitiesIPCC Legacy Research Grant Program will officially open on June 14th, 2021 and all applications must be submitted through the online system by midnight on August 15th.

If you have any questions about this program please contact our grant staff by calling 403-209-2245, 1-800-465-2147 (outside of Calgary) or email [email protected].

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