The Canadian Underground Infrastructure Innovation Centre (CUIIC) is in the process of applying for an NSERC Alliance Missions grant with a focus on lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the life cycle of underground infrastructure. This includes planning, construction, operation and maintenance across a wide spectrum of underground infrastructure.

As part of the application process, CUIIC is identifying industry or government organizations to be a partner in this grant application. The participation is all based on in-kind contributions (e.g. contribution of data, consultation as subject matter expert, etc.) and no cash contributions are required.

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CUIIC formed an interdisciplinary team of researchers from multiple universities for this purpose. The team includes:

•             Ali Bayat (University of Alberta) – Underground Construction, Data, Monitoring

•             Evan Davies (University of Alberta) – System Dynamics and Modelling

•             Jeff Birchall (University of Alberta) – Climate Change, Planning and GHG

•             Mark Knight (University of Waterloo) – Trenchless Technologies, Asset Management, Underground

•             Rebecca Dziedzic (Concordia University) – Water Infrastructure, Sustainability, Life Cycle Analysis

•             Leila Hashemian (University of Alberta) – Material, Climate Change

The CUIIC team is drafting a letter of intent (due in September) and the timeline for submission of the full proposal is November. Should the project be awarded, CUIIC would then begin the project in March 2023. If you are interested in participating, email CUIIC at cuiic@ualberta.ca.

Alliance Missions grants are intended to provide support for research activities that will:

  • Promote interdisciplinary collaboration among academic researchers, federal scientists, private-sector scientists and policymakers to increase the scientific information available to support government decision-making to achieve net-zero GHG emissions targets.
  • Build on scientific capacity in earth system climate science, atmospheric monitoring/modeling and socio-economic analysis to understand anthropogenic GHG emissions at regional and national scales or by sector to inform ambitious GHG mitigation opportunities and to improve understanding of how GHG emissions are changing over time.
  • Advance Canadian knowledge and tools to inform decision-making processes for the achievement of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 through the investigation of anthropogenic GHG emissions and their changes over time.

Learn more about the NSERC Alliance Missions grant at https://bit.ly/nserc-greenhouse-gas-research-grant.

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