CRIN Digital Oil and Gas Technology Competition

The Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN) Digital Oil and Gas Technology Competition is looking to identify breakthrough digital technology solutions that  – address environmental and economic challenges –  in Canada’s oil and gas industry. The competition is open to solutions aligned with one or more of the following focus areas: environmental monitoring, operational excellence and efficiency, capital project execution, and health and safety.

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Competition description

The Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN) Digital Oil and Gas Technology Competition is looking to identify breakthrough digital technology solutions that  – address environmental and economic challenges –  in Canada’s oil and gas industry. The competition is open to solutions aligned with one or more of the following focus areas: environmental monitoring, operational excellence and efficiency, capital project execution, and health and safety.

Who should participate?

  • Technology developers
  • Researchers/academics
  • Ventures, Accelerators and Incubators
  • Small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Multinational enterprises (MNEs)
  • Oil and gas producers
  • All sectors that can provide digital solutions for focus areas

Note: All project applications must represent a team consisting of at least one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and at least one oil and gas producer.

What’s happening now?

  • The competition is not yet open — join our mailing list to be notified when it is live.
  • Register for the virtual launch event to learn more.

Background

CRIN’s focus is on ensuring Canada’s hydrocarbon resources can be sustainably developed and integrated into global energy systems. Canada’s oil and gas industry plays an important role in today’s economy and is faced with the urgent need to reduce its environmental impacts including greenhouse gas footprint. Innovation and technology play a critical role in achieving these outcomes. 

The objective of this competition is to identify breakthrough digital technology solutions that address environmental and economic challenges in Canada’s oil and gas industry in one or more of the following focus areas: environmental monitoring, operational excellence and efficiency, capital project execution, and health and safety

Digital solutions can unlock the potential of data to transform Canada’s oil and gas industry. The solutions should be directly aligned with the focus areas described above and the intended outcomes and opportunities of the competition, or be a catalyst to achieve the outcomes. Examples of digital solutions include but are not limited to incorporation of advanced analytics, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), cloud and edge computing, digital twins, drones and sensors, internet of things (IoT), and real-time decision support systems

The focus of this Competition is limited to breakthrough solutions that result in significant environmental, economic and public  benefits to Canada, and which are between pilot phase and commercial implementation stage

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Email CRINcompetition@marsdd.com with any questions.

 

About CRIN

The Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN) is a pan-Canadian network focused on ensuring Canada’s energy resources can be sustainably developed and integrated into the global energy systems. CRIN, as a ‘network of networks’, connects a vast array of skills, knowledge and experience from oil and gas and other industries to technology developers, researchers, government, investors, academia, entrepreneurs, youth and many other sectors. By identifying industry challenges, CRIN creates a market pull to accelerate commercialization and widespread clean technology adoption with environmental, economic and public benefits for Canada.

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Competition structure

The CRIN Digital Oil and Gas Technology Competition is looking for breakthrough digital technology solutions that address environmental and economic challenges in Canada’s oil and gas industry with clear pathways to commercialization and wide-spread adoption in oil and gas and other industries across Canada and internationally;

More specifically, it asks for:

1. Projects that address at least one of the following focus areas:

  • Environmental monitoring 
  • Operational excellence and efficiency
  • Capital project execution
  • Health and safety 

Read the Primer for more information on these focus areas

2. Projects  that have a technology readiness level (TRL) of 6 to 9

3. Applicant project teams consist of at least one SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) and at least one oil and gas producer all being incorporated in Canada, and all being members of CRIN.

4. A minimum of 25 percent of project funding must come from industry collaborators. The remaining 75 percent can come from a mix of sources, including up to 50 percent from CRIN, and up to 25 percent from other government sources or other private sources. Maximum 75 percent of eligible funding from all Canadian government (federal, provincial, territorial, municipal) sources. The CRIN contribution to a single project will be no more than 50 percent of the total project eligible costs.

5. Technology solutions can originate from anywhere globally, but must be piloted, demonstrated, or implemented in Canada. Projects that involve demonstration, deployment, or implementation of a technology at multiple Canadian sites are eligible for funding under this Competition.

6. This Competition is designed to support Canadian projects and drive economic activity in Canada. At least 90 percent of total eligible costs must be incurred in Canada. Costs occurring outside of Canada shall not exceed 10 percent of the total eligible costs for each funded project.

Learn more in the Competition Guide.

How to apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following:

1. Become a member of CRIN

2. Create a profile on challenges.marsdd.com

3. Click “Accept Competition” on the Competition webpage

4. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in the Competition Guide

5. Complete and include the following in the submission:

  • Submission form (Required)
  • Project overview document (Required)
  • Letters of support/commitment (Required)
  • Video Demonstration (Optional)

6. Click “Submit Application” on the  Competition webpage  and upload your saved Submission Form and all supporting documents

7. Ensure you submit by Friday July 30, 2021 5:00 p.m. PT

 IMPORTANT: You must be a member of CRIN to apply for this competition.

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Merit evaluation criteria

All submissions are assessed based on the following merit evaluation criteria:

INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY 

  1. Technology and innovation
  2. Growth of domestic market, end-user potential and global export (by development of new processes/products)
  3. Commercialization pathway and knowledge transfer

IMPACT 

  1. Environmental benefits (air (GHG emissions), land, water)
  2. Economic benefits (increased competitiveness, and revenue/cost impact)
  3. Public and social benefits (job and business creation)

IMPLEMENTATION

  1. Work plan and budget
  2. Financing plan (including risk management strategy)
  3. Project team and required skills/resources

Applicants will be required to demonstrate that the project is responding to a need articulated by industry collaborators to solve a high-priority problem, and that if the technology is successful, there will be a strong market pull from industry.

For more information on evaluation, see the Competition Guide.

Timeline

Competition opens (18/05/2021)

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The competition officially opens at 11:00a.m. PT

Virtual launch event (18/05/2021)

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Running from 11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. PT. Register now!

Submission deadline (30/07/2021)

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Submit your solution by 5:00p.m. PT

Winners announcement (30/11/2021)

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All dates are subject to change

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