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ABF Opportunities

Researchers, companies are invited to apply to the Alberta Bio Future, Opportunities sub-program 

Alberta Innovates invites proposals for funding under the ABF Opportunities sub-program. 

Alberta Bio Future (ABF) and its sub-programs focus primarily on projects that add value to biomass in agriculture and forestry, and create new and improved bioindustrial products and bioindustrial technologies.

About this program

The Alberta Bio Future, Opportunities sub-program was launched in November 2017.

It is designed to leverage unique and/or exceptional opportunities (from research to product commercialization) that would be missed if a project were not considered for funding in a timely fashion. Therefore, the proposal must take advantage of an exceptional, time-sensitive opportunity and partnership that justify having the project considered. 

Funding for approved full proposals will be established at a level appropriate for the project. Applicants are expected to contribute an appropriate portion of the total project costs, as per guiding principles in the program guidelines. 

Food, feed and pharma products are excluded from the ABF program. 

Information on biomass characterization developed in the project will be made publicly available to advance the bioindustrial sector.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Researchers based in Alberta, and researchers elsewhere conducting bioindustrial projects with a benefit to Alberta.
  • Operating companies or industry groups based in Alberta.

Project work must be carried out primarily in Alberta, and completed by Dec. 31, 2020.

Download Program Guidelines for the Alberta Bio Future, Opportunities sub-program to find out more about eligibility requirements and other important information.

How to apply

This sub-program has a two-stage, online application process: Letter of Intent (LOI) and Full Proposal. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2019.  

Applicants will be contacted within six weeks upon receipt of their LOI. Those who are successful at the LOI stage will move to the second stage, and be invited to submit a Full Proposal. 

To apply for funding under the ABF Opportunities sub-program, go to the online application system

These sample forms can be downloaded as a reference to assist you in preparing your application:

These General Instructions for Applicants for the Research Funding Online Application System are also provided for your reference.

Program contacts

Steve Price, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation

Christine Murray, PhD, Director, Agricultural Technologies

Fulton Smyl, Director, Bioindustrial Innovation 

Last updated: Friday, February 2, 2018