Research call

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Aquatron Tidal Energy Research Program

A research initiative sponsored by the OERA, Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Dalhousie University

Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018; 4:00 pm AST


Q&A – Last updated February 1, 2018 [PDF]


The Department of Energy (NSDOE), the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) and Dalhouise University are collaborating on a research program and Call to test, under accessible and controlled conditions, innovative technologies and methodologies related to tidal energy. Dalhousie’s Aquatron test tank facility offers a unique set of tools and services that technology developers and researchers can use to test prototype equipment, which can then be scaled up for further testing elsewhere. To this end, a research fund has been created to offset some of the costs of experimentation at the Aquatron facility.

The objective of this request for proposals (RFP) is to solicit a variety of projects for implementation at the Aquatron, with the ultimate aim of addressing specific technical challenges faced by Nova Scotia’s tidal energy industry.


The tidal energy opportunity in Nova Scotia is formidable. The vast tidal resource, the impressive concentration of ocean experts, and state-of-the-art research and incubation facilities available here have helped established the province as an important and internationally recognized tidal energy research hub. Given its attributes, Nova Scotia is in a strong position to grow its capacity as a leading research centre. Availability and accessibility to high quality field testing centres and laboratory facilities are critical to growing hub capacity and reputation. The FORCE tidal demonstration site in the Bay of Fundy serves as the pre-eminent field testing location for Canada; whereas for laboratory testing, Dalhousie University’s Aquatron is considered one of the largest and most versatile aquatic research facilities in the country. The Aquatron offers a robust, repeatable and reliable test environment for use in de-risking tidal related development activities.

This is the first RFP issued under the recently created Aquatron Tidal Energy Research Program. This Program is part of a larger funding initiative known as the Research Innovation in Tidal Energy (RITE) Fund. RITE was launched by the OERA in 2016 in partnership with Marine Renewables Canada, FORCE and NSDOE with a goal to create a $35M research and innovation fund. RITE funds will be used to mobilize Nova Scotia and Canada’s expertise, experience, specialized facilities and vast resource in building a world class tidal energy industry in Canada. The Aquatron Program is an exciting new addition to the RITE Fund initiative, where success ‘in the lab’ will contribute to building that world class status.

The following timelines for the project are provided for guidance and are subject to change.

a)    RFP release date:                            Tuesday, January 16, 2018

b)    Proposal due date:                           Friday, February 16; 4 pm (Atlantic)

c)    Consultant selection:                        Week of March 5, 2018

d)    Project kickoff:                                 April 2018 (however, contingent on approvals, contract execution)

e)    Project completion:                          By ~May 2019

For more information on the Request for Proposals and how to apply, please CLICK HERE for full documentation.  To submit your proposal, please upload to the following secure FTP site:

For inquiries, please contact:

Jennifer Pinks, Research Manager
Offshore Energy Research Association


Please note, OERA accepts proposals under the OERA Open Proposals Program. Information on the Open Proposal Program can be found here.

For more information on our various research funding programs, please contact Nalani Perry, Operations Manager.