NGen has launched its Moonshot 4 Mining, Minerals and Manufacturing (M4M3) initiative, a $5M program designed to support the development of novel In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) solutions for mining, minerals and manufacturing for both lunar and terrestrial environments.
NGen is seeking projects with dual-use applications that will strengthen Canada’s technological leadership in space and help revitalize the long-term competitiveness of our most important industrial sectors.
The M4M3 program will lead to next-generation innovations that help tackle the challenges of establishing a permanent human presence on the Moon, leveraging Canada’s strengths in fields like Artificial Intelligence, robotics, quantum sensing, and additive manufacturing that can then be re-applied back on earth. These innovations will have direct and positive impacts on environmental sustainability, productivity, talent and job creation in Canada’s mining, energy, and advanced manufacturing sectors.
To learn more about this opportunity, read the report from NGen and the Canadian Space Mining Corporation: In Situ Resource Utilization: A Generational Opportunity for Canadians.
This initiative is undertaken with the financial support of the CSA, following an Announcement of opportunity.
Projects must focus on the development of an advanced manufacturing technology or process to improve ISRU.
Project teams can submit a proposal for the following project types:
Eligible projects must meet NGen's four core strategic criteria:
Please refer to Application Guide for detailed Eligibility Requirements (coming soon).
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