The petroleum industry plays an important role in sponsoring environmental research in Canada. The upstream oil and gas industry has a long record of initiating and funding studies that offer practical, cost-effective solutions to environmental issues.
The Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund (AUPRF) is seeking applications for the 2012 funding cycle for projects that are of focused interest to industry. AUPRF is part of the upstream oil and gas industry's Broad Industry Initiatives (BII) fund. BII funds are generated through an Alberta well levy, collected on behalf of CAPP and SEPAC by the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB).
The selection of projects for funding follows a close examination by a panel comprised of three Governors of CAPP and a Director of SEPAC. The selection criteria ensures the projects funded have an Alberta focus and that the Broad Industry Initiative (BII) funding mechanism is not the only source of funding for each initiative.
New to the AUPRF application process is a staged approach. Interested applicants should submit Step 1 (high level overview of proposal) no later than June 6th, 2011. Selected applicants will be asked to submit a detailed proposal (Step 2) in mid-June.
In 2011, industry invested through AUPRF over $2.1M in environmental research projects leveraging significant additional funding resulting in projects with total costs equaling more than $7.8M. Please click on the following links to view CAPP's priorities for 2012
PTAC has been contracted to facilitate this program and is neutral in the AUPRF process. AURPF funds are distributed with direction from CAPP and SEPAC as part of their commitment to improving environmental, safety and health performance of their member's operations.