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NRCan Enabling Small Modular Reactors Program

Opportunity NameEnabling Small Modular Reactors Program
AgencyNatural Resources Canada (NRCan)
ValueUp to $5,000,000
(Program can provide up to 75% of the total project costs. For projects led by Indigenous applicants, it can provide up to 100%)
Indirect CostsTBD
DurationUntil March 31, 2027

Applicants are asked to notify SIRI of their intent to apply as soon as possible.

Application due to SIRI for full review03-17-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review03-28-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due to SIRI for mandatory review03-31-2023
Application due at agency 04-07-2023

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is seeking to fund research and development (R&D) to support provinces and territories as they work to develop and deploy Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) as part of their respective decarbonisation and economic development plans.

The Enabling Small Modular Reactors Program (the “Program”) seeks to support applicants in their efforts to:

  • address waste generated from SMRs
  • develop supply chains for SMR manufacturing and SMR fuel supply

The Program aims to support the conditions and enabling frameworks necessary for SMRs to displace fossil fuels and contribute to climate change mitigation while enhancing gender-equality, diversity and inclusion in the nuclear sector.


Applicants must be a legal entity registered or incorporated in Canada. This includes:

  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations: Utilities, industry associations, research associations, companies, standards organizations, Canadian academic institutions
  • Governments: Provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments, their departments and agencies
  • Indigenous organizations and groups: including Indigenous-controlled for-profit or non-profit organizations

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to contact Sherri Kogan,, SIRI specialist, as soon as possible.

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at