Canada-Germany 3+2 Collaborative Call for Proposals on Battery Material Discovery and Processing


Eligibility requirements

To be considered for funding, applicants must form a project consortium and develop a collaborative R&D project that meets the following criteria:


  • The project consortium must include a minimum of 5 participants (3 Canadian and 2 German participants)Footnote* who will be undertaking project research activities through the NRC's Critical Battery Materials Initiative (CBMI).
    • Canadian participants:
      • 1 incorporated Canadian small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), defined as a for-profit company with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees
      • 1 researcher from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
      • 1 Canadian research institution (e.g., post-secondary institution, research and technology organization)
    • German participants:
      • 1 eligible German commercial enterprise, in particular small or medium-size companies
      • 1 German research institution
  • The project partners that form the consortium must agree on a plan addressing intellectual property rights and intent to commercialize
  • For each project partner, their respective applicable national laws, regulations and policies, as well as terms and conditions of the respective funding agreements, will apply to their part of the collaboration project
How to Apply: 
Working together, the governments of Canada and Germany aim to foster and support collaborative industrial research and development (R&D) projects with a high potential for commercialization. This call for proposals is open to organizations from Canada and Germany who wish to form project consortia to perform collaborative projects focused on developing innovative battery materials and battery material production processes.

Projects must focus on innovative technologies that enable development and commercialization that address the electric vehicle (EV) lithium-ion battery materials mid-stream supply chain in Canada and Germany.

Projects must focus on one or more of the following themes:

Next-generation battery materials

  • Discovery and development of new electrode and electrolyte materials, specifically cathode materials and solid-state electrolytes for EV lithium-ion batteries
  • Techniques for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), sensing and robotics for materials discovery aimed at improvement of battery properties such as capacity retention, cyclic stability, specific capacity and current density, safety and rate performance
  • Material simulation or modelling as a supplement to experimental investigations
  • Top-down approach—material development specifically according to EV application requirements

Battery materials processing and recycling

  • Mineral processing and recycling processes aimed at increased efficiency and lower carbon intensity for the production of battery precursors
  • Lifecycle analysis (LCA), technoeconomic analysis or modelling to support decision making and experimental investigations
  • Techniques for AI and ML, sensing and robotics for mineral and recycling process optimization aimed at improvement of efficiency, reduction of environmental impact including carbon intensity and reduction in cost
  • Top-down approach—mineral and recycling process development specifically according to EV application requirements

Note: Projects on supercapacitors or fuel cells will not be funded.


For more information, please contact Jill Sherman at

External Deadline: 
Monday, June 24, 2024
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