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Growing prosperity in Alberta's agriculture, food and forestry sectors

2011-12 Value Chain Sustainability


Thank you to all 64 applicants who submitted an LOI. LOIs have been reviewed and 25 applicants have been invited to submit a full proposal.

Download the Full Proposal Form

The deadline for the full proposal submission isclosed.Thank you for applying.

Download the Additional Members   form for the addition of project team members.

Download the Program Description   for further information about the "Value Chain Sustainability" research and innovation funding program.

Read the launch Information Bulletin (August 12, 2011) 
Researchers invited to apply to new "Value Chain Sustainability" funding program    

Edmonton… Increased competitiveness and profitability of Alberta's agriculture and forestry sectors through decreased cost of production or increased value of products is the aim of the new "Value Chain Sustainability" research and innovation program.  Launched on August 12, 2011 by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions and its funding partners, this innovative three-year program has base funding of $3 million, with the unique ability to obtain additional funds from the funding partners if projects are in alignment with their research needs. 

Researchers with a strong Alberta connection within private industry, academic institutions, provincial and federal research centres or non-profit research establishments are invited to submit a letter of intent (LOI) to the program, as the first step of the application process for a non-repayable research grant.  Applicants from multidisciplinary teams and collaborators are encouraged to foster innovative research projects. The deadline for receipt of the LOI closed Monday, September 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. MDT.

Up to $500,000 per project is available for eligible expenses over three years.   There is some flexibility to award larger grants depending upon the scope of the project.  Research should support the advancement of competitiveness and sustainability of Alberta's forest, crop, livestock and food industries.

Areas of interest involve:

  • Development of novel traits or attributes to address market issues, and meet consumer demands for agriculture and forest products.  Some examples are:

a) Identify hybrid and superior selections of indigenous forest and agriculture plant material.
b) Combine advanced genetics and biotechnology tools to transform genetic material for specific market and/or environment-driven traits.
c) Produce livestock with specific verifiable attributes to meet consumer demands (i.e. food safety, traceability, reduced use of antibiotics, and animal welfare). 

  • System and productivity management that emphasizes the protection of forest and agricultural resources against environmental stresses; and the optimization of production systems that maximize yield and quality, or contribute to social license to operate.  Some examples are:

a) Selection and development of forest species and agriculture crops resistant to pests (weeds, pathogens and insects) and/or development of pest management systems.
b) Select and develop re-vegetation materials and solutions for reclamation of boreal forest, abandoned industrial sites and peat land (i.e. natural disturbance emulation).
c) Develop agronomic packages that optimize market-driven traits (i.e. food, feed and bio-industrial products) and yield.
d) Develop integrated land management systems to optimize production and reduce environmental stresses.

This program brings together forestry and agricultural communities in a unique initiative that strengthens collaboration within Alberta's research and innovation system, and holds potential for outstanding value chain sustainability innovations. Funding partners include Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, Alberta Innovates Energy and Environment, Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Foothills Research Institute and Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund.

Applicant inquiries may be directed to:

Dr. Virginia Chavez, Program Specialist
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
Phone:  780-422-6496
Cell:      780-868-7417

Media inquiries may be directed to:

Marie Cusack, Communications Director
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
Phone:  780-638-4060
Cell:      780-918-4620

Last updated: Thursday, August 3, 2017