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. Research projects should align with the Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science (Research Agenda) which includes the topics of Urban Planning and Design, Built and Blue / Green Infrastructure, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Finance, Uncertainty, and Informality.


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.

Information Webinar Recording

  • This information webinar will help applicants learn about the program and refine their proposals.

Application Portal Opens

May 1
  • All applications must be submitted through our online system. The system will be made available on this website on May 1st, 2019.

Application Deadline

June 15
  • All applications must be submitted through the online portal by midnight on June 15th, 2019.

Grant Criteria

All projects must align with Edmonton’s goal of being an energy sustainable and climate resilient city. Check the City of Edmonton’s Energy Transition Strategy and the Climate Resilient Edmonton - Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan to ensure your project contributes to those goals. Proposals must align with one or more of these three areas of focus:● Energy Transition;● Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience, and/or● Citizen Science (to support Energy Transition and Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience) 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 Research Agenda will be the source for all proposals to this program in 2019. This research agenda emerged from the CitiesIPCC Conference in Edmonton, March of 2018.  This Summary has six key topics, each with suggested sub-topics for consideration by applicants. In addition, the City of Edmonton has proposed potential topics / questions where gaps have been identified specific to Edmonton and in work planned or underway.

Urban Planning & Design

Research Agenda:

Further development of more rigorous understanding and characterization of the connections between urban planning, design and infrastructure and climate change mitigation and adaptation action is needed.

It will be increasingly important for both researchers and decision-makers to understand how urban micro-climates integrate into urban planning and design to simultaneously improve urban environmental outcomes, reduce risk and address the need to adapt to, and mitigate, climate change.

City of Edmonton Research Topics:

Heat Island Effect in Edmonton and options to mitigate in both existing and new developments.

Decision-making tools (e.g. models) on the vulnerability of transportation infrastructure to potential environmental threats, and suggestions for mitigation.

Decision-making tools (e.g. models) around energy systems and carbon impacts at the land use planning stage and integration of the tools into the planning approvals processes.

Urban Development and planning decision-making tools (e.g. modeling) specific to wind impacts and options to mitigate.

Identifying effective ways to communicate climate change and how it intersects with land use/transportation planning, so that the public understands urgency and is empowered to take action and support initiatives.

Identifying the most effective technologies and strategies that can be used to reduce GHG emissions by the largest transportation contributors given Edmonton’s current and planned urban form and trip making profile.

Feasibility and potential GHG emissions impact of re-visioning community halls/strip malls as transit and community hubs in urban centres.

Potential for increasing metropolitan urban densities to affect travel, energy use, and emissions.

Relationships among household location, workplace location, trip-making activity, and light-duty vehicle travel, and on the effectiveness of various policy mechanisms to influence these relationships.

Ways of facilitating and promoting expanded use of technologies such as online shopping, telecommuting, and virtual conferencing as a means of potentially significantly reducing total transportation activity.

Solar orientation to maximize achievement of net-zero.

Climate change related immigration to Edmonton Region.

Design features to protect public health during wildfire smoke event.

Built and Blue / Green Infrastructure

Research Agenda:

Further exploration is needed on low-carbon and environmentally-friendly infrastructure options that go beyond traditionally dominant grey infrastructure for transformational climate solutions in developed and rapidly developing urban areas.

Further research is needed to understand the co-benefits of blue/green infrastructure and ecosystem-based adaptation, and how mitigation projects could support decision-making in terms of future infrastructure priorities to address climate change in cities.

Research and knowledge which provides a more granular and location specific understanding of the carbon lock-in risks and opportunities for mitigation and adaptation to inform planning and policies for building and upgrading infrastructure is needed.

City of Edmonton Research Topics:

Green Roof Opportunities in Edmonton Area.

Zero waste communities.

Low Impact Development at the Neighbourhood Scale.

Evaluation of co-benefits from novel distributed generation approaches (district energy, microgrids, direct current distribution systems, etc.).

Electricity Grid/Distribution readiness for carbon reducing technology (EVs, Solar, etc.) with an Edmonton/Edmonton region context.

Analyzing embodied carbon at a community level for inclusion in consumption based inventory.

Sustainable Production & Consumption

Research Agenda:

Further research is desirable on the implications of diverse types of urban economic structures, modes and patterns of production, and their associated lock-in effects, including regional, national and global relocation of manufacturing processes.

Research is required to better understand potential pathways for social change that promote lifestyles and cultures which are less resource intensive and that increase adaptive capacity and well-being.

Current methodological innovations in greenhouse gas emissions calculations could be improved by exploring the role of urban consumption.

City of Edmonton Research Topics:

Local consumption and waste reduction opportunities.

Material flows (imports and exports) and embodied carbon of consumer goods coming into Edmonton vs. goods including value add energy sector products leaving Edmonton.

How can the circular economy model by promoted, expanded, measured?

Resilient local food systems.

Transition Towns.

Planning processes for approaching equity and carbon reduction as twin goals.


Research Agenda:

Research is needed to inform the development of frameworks and tools that enable the integration of climate considerations into fiscal and financial decision-making at the city scale.

Further research is needed to explore how public budgets can be strategically used, including to crowd in private investment, to address the shortfall in sustainable urban infrastructure investment.

Research is desirable on how to include low-income and other marginalized urban residents in fiscal and financial decision-making.

Research on insurance options could empower cities to better address disaster risk.

City of Edmonton Research Topics:

The role of carbon budget and application of a modelled carbon budget for the municipality.

The role of public financing/investment to attract private finance at scale (i.e. where and when to use public resources to be most effective).

Pathways to affordable net-zero housing.

Local public opinion research on who is responsible (i.e. private responsibility through insurance, public responsibility through taxes, etc.).


Research Agenda:

Further research is needed to evaluate the ‘fit-for-purpose’ attributes of models and to provide guidelines for simplified approaches that would strengthen the evaluation of the confidence in projections and the associated uncertainties.

Further research should be conducted on tools that assess uncertainty considerations in different city contexts to strengthen decision-making in uncertain situations.

Research is needed to develop methodologies to identify sources of uncertainty, to explore and understand the full range of uncertainty, and to reduce it, where possible.

City of Edmonton Research Topics:

Development of methodologies or guidelines to translate climate predictions and their uncertainty into engineering and design plans

Taking global models to the Edmonton scale for the above.

Research on tools, techniques, processes, methods to accommodate uncertainty in decision making, and recommendations on how to help decision makers become more comfortable with inherent uncertainty.


Research Agenda:

Further understanding and research is needed on how inhabitants of both informal settlements and slums are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Research is needed to understand the extent and nature of the challenges posed by, and to provide evidence for policy interventions on informality that simultaneously respond to climate change and vice versa.

Further research could investigate the relationship between climate change and the informal economy to understand how to increase adaptive capacity of informal sectors and how to scale-up low-carbon and climate resilient solutions from and for the informal sector.

It will be important to explore the role of urban and spatial planning in reducing vulnerability and enhancing adaptation to climate change for both formal and informal settlements.

City of Edmonton Research Questions:

Impacts from climate change in Edmonton that address one or more of:
● Homelessness (i.e. intercity camps, etc.),
● Inner City,
● Vulnerable populations,
● Energy poverty,
● Health, and/or
● Refugees/ Climate Refugees

Application Portal

We are no longer accepting applications. The deadline was June 15, 2019. 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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