Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio)
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Growing prosperity in Alberta's agriculture, food and forestry sectors
Funding Programs - At a glance

Business plan drives our funding programs

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions develops and manages funding programs focused on the agriculture, food and forest sectors. These programs:

  • Are targeted to engage various stages of the innovation spectrum.
  • Are aligned with Government of Alberta priorities.
  • Will contribute to achievement of AI Bio's business plan.

 

Funding Programs hosted by AI Bio

CNC Challenge 2.0  CLOSED
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) are building upon the success of CNC Challenge 1.0 with a new program – CNC Challenge 2.0. We will fund up to eight projects, to a maximum of $25,000 each, for early-stage work demonstrating technical feasibility of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) in high-value applications with commercialization potential. Go here to apply by April 13, 2016, and for more information about eligibility requirements and other important details.

Alberta Bio Future Program - Equipment Utilization   OPEN - CONTINUOUS INTAKE
The Alberta Bio Future (ABF) Equipment Utilization program was introduced March 12, 2015. Alberta Bio Future focuses primarily on projects that add value to biomass in agriculture and forestry. The ABF Equipment Utilization program is open to applications from companies and sole proprietors based in Alberta. Applicants may qualify for up to $100,000 in funding to access publicly funded equipment and technical expertise for the mechanical conversion of biomass. Visit the ABF Equipment Utilization web page to apply, and for more information about available equipment, eligibility requirements and other important details.

Prion Institute IDeal Program     OPEN - CONTINUOUS INTAKE
Launched on August 1, 2012 by the Alberta Prion Research Institute, a part of AI Bio, the Innovation and Delivery Program, also known as the IDeal Program, is intended to encourage collaboration among industry and Alberta universities and research organizations for projects of an applied nature and directed at a specific challenge identified by the private sector partner. A letter of intent may be submitted at any time. Click here for more information.

Prion Institute Guest Speaker Support Program         OPEN - CONTINUOUS INTAKE
The Guest Speaker Support Program is designed to disseminate knowledge to the Alberta research and science community by offering funding to help bring notable researchers in prion and protein misfolding science to Alberta to present lectures and to participate in panel discussions. These experts assist with planning or implementing collaborative research programs and/or explore and evaluate recent breakthroughs in prion science. Speakers might be involved in research related activities or public studies or both. Funds are provided primarily to offset the costs of travel and accommodation for guest speakers, and support of up to $1,500 is provided. In some cases, the Alberta Prion Research Institute, a part of AI Bio, will consider application for a contribution toward the cost of conducting an associated conference, symposia or workshop.  Click here for more information.

Biological GHG Management Program    OPEN - CONTINUOUS INTAKE
Partnering with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation launched the Biological GHG Management Program in May 2012 - fulfilling part of CCEMC's mandate of achieving reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and assisting Albertans in adapting to climate change. This program offers support for projects that will discover, develop and deploy technologies and strategies and demonstrate cost-effective ways and means to help meet Alberta's climate change strategy  goal of reducing net emissions from the province by 50 Mt CO2e/yr by 2020. Read launch news release. Read the fact sheet. Visit the Biological GHG Management web pages.

General scientist-driven basic or applied research aligned with AI Bio's business lines     OPEN - ANNUAL INTAKE EVERY SEPTEMBER
With applications managed by the Agricultural Funding Consortium, this funding program is focused on supporting curiosity-driven basic or applied research projects aligned with any priority area of AI Bio or other consortium members. The consortium is an informal alliance among three main agricultural research funding agencies, including AI Bio, and an additional 11 associate members in an effort to align and coordinate an annual research application process using a one-window online approach. Click here for more information.

2015 Prion Institute Explorations Program     CLOSED
Applications for the fourth round of the Explorations Program are now being accepted. This competition is open to Alberta-based researchers. The deadline to submit applications is November 30, 2015. READ MORE

2015 Alberta Bio Future program - Research and Innovation     CLOSED
The Alberta Bio Future (ABF) Research and Innovation program was launched September 16, 2015. It is intended to advance knowledge that accelerates growth of new bioindustrial products or bioindustrial technologies for the benefit of Albertans. This program has a total of $4.5 million in available funding. Project funding amounts will be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the quality and scope of the project. This program is open to researchers, companies or industry groups based in Alberta, and researchers elsewhere conducting projects that benefit Alberta. Applicants are invited to submit a Letter of Intent by October 28, 2015. Visit the ABF Research and Innovation page to apply, and for more information about eligibility requirements and other important details. 

2015 Prion Institute Alberta Alzheimer Research Program     CLOSED 
Applications for the fourth round of the Alberta Alzheimer Research Program are now being accepted. This competition is open to Alberta-based researchers. The deadline to submit applications is October 26, 2015. READ MORE

2015 Alberta Bio Future Program - Product and Technology Commercialization     CLOSED
Launched on July 6, 2015, the Alberta Bio Future Product and Technology Commercialization program is intended to help innovative Alberta-based companies with pre-commercial or commercial development of new bioindustrial products or bioindustrial technologies. The program is targeted at projects needing pilot or scale-up work or prototype development and will be ready for the market within three years. A minimum of $250,000 and a maximum of $1,000,000 will be granted to successful applicants.  This program is no longer accepting new applications.

2015 Accelerating Food Innovation in Alberta
2015/16 Applied Research and Product Development Program     CLOSED
Launched on June 24, 2015, the program is designed to provide funding to researchers for applied research and product development in the area of food, with a focus on the development of value added ingredients, food products, and or beverages that are derived from Alberta crop or livestock commodities.  The program helps to bring together academic researchers with food processors in a unique initiative that supports development of globally competitive new food innovations for entry into local, national or international markets. Researchers are invited to submit a Letter of intent (LOI) to the program as the first step in the application process for a non-repayable grant of up to $150,000. Click here for more information.

2014 Accelerating Food Innovation in Alberta
2014/15 Applied Research and Product Development Program     CLOSED
Launched on March 7, 2014, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions' $1.5 million "Accelerating Food Innovation in Alberta - 2014-15 Applied Research and Product Development Program" was designed to support Alberta food and beverage producers and processors in their efforts to increase revenues from value-added food production. The program brought together industry applicants with academic researchers in a unique initiative that supports development of new food innovations for entry into local, national or international markets. Its focus was on development of globally competitive value-added ingredients, food products and/or beverages that are derived from Alberta crop or livestock commodities.

2012 Bioindustrial     CLOSED
Launched on July 4, 2012, this program is focused on stimulating a variety of innovative, competitive products or processes using renewable bio-based fibre feedstocks to generate new business opportunities for Alberta's agriculture and forest sectors. Read the launch information bulletin.  The call for applications closed on Friday, August 31, 2012. Successful recipients of funding from this program will be announced in spring 2013.

2012 Food Safety Program      CLOSED
Launched on May 1, 2012 in collaboration with Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, this program is focused on building on Alberta's already excellent reputation in food safety and contribute to the reduction of food borne illnesses. Read the launch information bulletin.  The aim of the program is to improve the health and well being of Albertans while maintaining consumer confidence in the province's food and agricultural industries. Applications were received from 35 individuals when the call for applications closed on June 21, 2012. Successful recipients of funding from this program will be announced in winter 2012. 

2011 Value Chain Sustainability Program     CLOSED
Launched on August 12, 2011, this program focused on projects to increase the competitiveness and profitability of Alberta's agriculture and forestry sectors through decreased cost of production or increased value of products. Read the launch information bulletin.  Applications were received from 64 researchers. The successful recipients of funding from this program will be announced in summer 2012.

2011 Quality Food For Health Program     CLOSED
Launched on May 11, 2011, this program focused on projects to improve the health and well being of Albertans while increasing the competitiveness of the province's food and agricultural industries. Read the launch information bulletin. Applications were received from 69 researchers with 13 recipients being successful in receiving a total of $5 million from industry and seven public funding partners.  Read the announcement news release.  

2011 Advanced Materials and Chemicals Program     CLOSED
Launched on January 18, 2011, this program targeted projects to commercialize the conversion of Alberta's biomass to advanced materials and chemicals. Read the launch information bulletin.  Applications were received from 33 companies with three companies being successful in receiving a total of $4 million in funding from this program. Read the announcement news release.

 

Funding Programs supported by AI Bio

Alberta Innovation Voucher   CONTINUOUS INTAKE
In 2012, the Alberta Innovation Voucher program, which is managed by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures received support from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, to provide vouchers of up to $15,000 or $50,000 to eligible small companies, including agricultural and agri-food producers and processors, foresters, innovators in municipal solid waste or bioproducts, researchers with small companies and others in Alberta's life sciences sector. Click  here for more information.

2013 Agriculture Funding Consortium 2013-14    CLOSED
With the call for applications opened on July 8, 2013, this program is focused on supporting curiosity-driven basic or applied research projects in any of the priority areas of the 15 consortium members.  The consortium is an informal alliance among three main agricultural research funding agencies, including AI Bio, and an additional 12 associate members in an effort to align and coordinate an annual research application process using a one-window online approach. The 2013-14 call for LOIs closes at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Successful recipients of funding from this program will be announced in spring 2014. 

2012 Application of Genomic Tools to the Detection and Surveillance of Listeria monocytogenes      CLOSED
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Genome Canada and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions are partnering in a $600,000 project that will help protect consumers from Listeriosis, a serious foodborne illness. The project aims to map the genome of Listeria bacteria so that more rapid tests can be developed. Read  report from workshop held on February 28, 2012 by Genome Canada and other agencies that explored the possibilities that genomic tools can offer with respect to a current and key food safety issue - Listeriosis.  Read the funding program launch news release issued by Genome Canada on July 26, 2012. Read details on how to submit a Request for Application. Alberta applicants must have registered by September 4, 2012 with Genome Alberta to signify their intent to apply.  Full applications were submitted to Genome Alberta by October 2, 2012.

2012 Agriculture Funding Consortium 2012-13    CLOSED
With the call for applications opened on June 1, 2012, this program is focused on supporting curiosity-driven basic or applied research projects in any of the priority areas of the 15 consortium members.  The consortium is an informal alliance among three main agricultural research funding agencies, including AI Bio, and an additional 12 associate members in an effort to align and coordinate an annual research application process using a one-window online approach. The 2012 call closes on Sunday, September 30, 2012. Successful recipients of funding from this program will be announced in spring 2013.

 

Intellectual Property Principles

Intellectual property owned by the applicant must be managed by the applicant.

Confidentiality

The Funders are committed to keeping application details confidential, and are subject to the protection and disclosure provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. External experts who act as reviewers must sign a confidentiality agreement.

 


Last updated: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
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FUNDING PROGRAMS BY OTHERS

CCEMC and SDTC joint funding call to SMEsProjects at TRL 4-7 and that advance pre-commercial technology for GHG reduction with a benefit to Alberta may be eligible for up to $10 million. Focus areas are: Cleaner Energy Production and Usage (incl. bioenergy, fuel switching); Methane Reductions (incl. from agricultural, and waste management processes); Energy Efficiency and Conservation (incl. buildings and industrial processes); New and Better Uses of Carbon Dioxide (incl. biological sequestration). Application deadline: April 13, 2016.

NRC and industry to turn biomass into plastics and composites.$55-million program concludes in 2018.

Harper Government Announces New Initiative to Support Technology Commercialization and Business Growth in the West.Semi-annual intake. $100-million program concludes in 2018.

Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency. Annual intake.

Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education's Research Capacity Program. Annual intake to match CFI grant applications for equipment and infrastructure.

Canada Foundation for Innovation.Annual intake.

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures' Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative. Eligible small- to medium-sized companies may apply for a grant of up to $1 million for pre-commercialization support such as prototyping, product development and patent protection in several priority areas including waste stream diversion, pipeline integrity, and integrated resource management. LOI deadline June 2016.

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures' Applied Research and Innovation Activities Program. Eligible post secondary institutions may apply annually for a grant of up to $100,000 for a qualified applied research project, including in the agriculture, food or forest sectors; and for a grant of up to $40,000 per year for staffing, internal applied research capacity building, and/or promotion of communities of practice. Continuous intake of applications.

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures' Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program. Researchers with an eligible applied research project of benefit to both Alberta and Ontario in a priority research sector including in advanced materials, nanotechnology, agriculture, forestry, life sciences or biotechnology, may apply for a grant of up to $500,000. Additional funding is available with industry participation.

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures' Micro Vouchers Program. Companies developing an advanced technology product, process or service in Alberta's priority research sectors, including agriculture, food or forestry may qualify for a grant of up to $10,000 for early stage project support. Continuous intake of applications.

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures' Vouchers Program. Companies developing an advanced technology product, process or service in Alberta's priority research sectors, including agriculture, food or forestry may qualify for a grant of up to $100,000 for mid- to late-stage project support. Continuous intake of applications.

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures' Product Demonstration Program. Companies developing an advanced technology product, process or service in Alberta's priority research sectors, including agriculture, food or forestry may qualify for a grant of up to $300,000 for late-stage project support. Continuous intake of applications.

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures' Industry R&D Associates Program. Companies developing an advanced technology product, process or service in Alberta's priority research sectors, including agriculture, food or forestry may qualify for a grant of up to $124,000 to hire a Master's or PhD researcher. Continuous intake of applications.

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures' Industry Commercialization Associates Program. Companies developing an advanced technology product, process or service in Alberta's priority research sectors, including agriculture, food or forestry may qualify for a grant of up to $124,000 to hire a business management professional. Continuous intake of applications.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). Industry-led projects to adapt and remain competitive in the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sectors may apply for up to $1 million per project from this $50-million program.  Continuous intake. Program concludes in 2019. 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Growing Forward 2 Program - AgriInnovation Industry-led R&D stream. Industry-led pre-commercialization projects in research, development or knowledge transfer leading to innovative agriculture, agri-food and agri-based practices, processes and products may apply for up to $10 million (non-repayable). Continuous intake. Program concludes in 2018.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Growing Forward 2 Program - AgriInnovation Enabling Commercialization and Adoption stream. Industry-led projects leading to the commercial demonstration, commercialization and adoption of innovative agri-based products, technologies, processes or services may apply for up to $10 million (repayable). Continuous intake. Program concludes in 2018.