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The French version of the competition announcement is available here.

Please note that this competition is closed and project funding has been awarded.

Please visit our Water and Hydraulic Fracturing Page for information on the funded projects.

CWN has received Expressions of Qualifications from national, university-based teams to summarize the range of potential research approaches that could help inform decision-making for hydraulic fracturing and water.

Please note that this is a two-step approach. The deadline for submitting Expressions of Qualifications has passed. A full proposal will be submitted at a later date from successful applicants. Invitations to submit full proposals will be sent out by December 3, 2013. Please see the schedule below for the dates.  

Five teams will ultimately be selected to conduct one-year "knowledge integration" projects, each examining one of the following major issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing activities and water:

1. Water use and demand management
2. Wastewater handling, treatment and disposal
3. Groundwater and subsurface impact issues
4. Landscape impacts of development/operations on surface water/watersheds
5. Watershed governance and management approaches for resource development, including aboriginal issues

Successful projects will directly address decision-making knowledge gaps in one of these five issue areas. Specifically, each project will integrate leading international research from across relevant disciplines to:

  • Summarize current research approaches and knowledge relevant to the issue area.
  • Identify key knowledge gaps within the issue area that are being clearly articulated as priorities for decision-makers.
  • Present the range of practical research approaches that could be used to address these priority knowledge gaps.
  • Discuss the potential strengths and weaknesses of the research approaches identified for informing decision-making knowledge gaps in the Canadian context.

Important deadlines

Milestone Date
Competition posted October 17, 2013
Expressions of qualifications due November 14, 2013
Invitations to submit full proposals       December 3, 2013
Full proposals due January 23, 2014
Notifications of funding decisions March 3, 2014
Projects start date April 1, 2014
Projects end date March 31, 2015
Final reports due March 31, 2015

Important documents

Please note that you will be prompted to save files to your computer that are not a pdf. These forms are locked and may not be compatible with some versions of Microsoft Word or other word processing programs. If you experience difficulties with these forms, please contact Katherine Balpataky at kbalpataky@cwn-rce.ca or 519-888-4567 ext. 31144 to receive the forms in a compatible format.

Please send all submissions to Katherine Balpataky at kbalpataky@cwn-rce.ca.