Apply for Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance – COSIA Challenges

In order to help mobilize the minds and resources of external stakeholders and global solutions providers, COSIA has identified a number of COSIA Challenges that explicitly state the innovation requirements to fill the identified gaps in knowledge and technology within each of COSIA’s EPAs.

If filled, these Gaps will ultimately support the achievement of COSIA’s Aspirations and Performance Goals.

  • COSIA is an alliance of oil sands producers focused on accelerating the pace of improvement in environmental performance in Canada’s oil sands.
  • The alliance works in five focus areas: water, greenhouse gas, land, tailings, and monitoring.

COSIA is keen to hear from anyone who believes they have a solution to one or more of the COSIA Challenges highlighted  – whether they be external companies (small or large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, entrepreneurs or inventors.

What are COSIA challenges?

COSIA Challenges provide focused, actionable descriptions of the current state of certain Gaps as well as the desired outcomes without prescribing the means for reaching the outcomes, as this could limit potential solutions.


COSIA will evaluate the received proposals for funding through criteria that includes:

  • Overall scientific and technical merit of the proposed approach
  • Approach to proof of concept or performance
  • Economic potential of concept
  • Respondent’s capabilities and related experience
  • Realism of the proposed plan and cost estimates

How to submit a proposal

Non-members should submit their request through the COSIA E-TAP process. This process is both an easy means of responding to this request, and a safe framework for best presenting your response to COSIA.

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