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Research and Innovation

Program update

(Oct. 29, 2015) 

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions received 91 submissions (letters of intent) for project funding during the first stage of the selection process for the Alberta Bio Future (ABF) Research and Innovation  program.

Letters of intent are being reviewed and assessed by the AI Bio Selection Committee for alignment with the program purpose and objectives, and evaluation criteria. These are outlined in the Guidelines for Alberta Bio Future, Research and Innovation program


For applicants invited to submit a full proposal

If you are invited to submit a full proposal under the ABF Research and Innovation program, you must complete the proposal in the online application system.

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


About this program

The bioeconomy holds great promise for Alberta, a province abundant in sustainable biomass, advanced infrastructure and highly qualified personnel. It is also an emerging field in which there is much yet to learn about the science and how to turn concepts into new bioproducts and biotechnologies. As such, discovery and developmental research are strategic priorities of Alberta Bio Future (ABF), AI Bio's flagship bioindustrial program. 

The ABF Research and Innovation program was launched Sept. 16, 2015. The deadline for applications was Oct. 28, 2015.

This ABF program has a total of $4.5 million in available funding. Funding amounts for successful projects will be determined on a case-by-case basis, commensurate with quality and scope of project.

The focus is on developing bioindustrial products and bioindustrial technologies using biomass. Projects will be in the following categories:

  • Biomaterials
  • Biochemicals
  • Biomass characterization with a direct application to the bioindustrial sector.

Project activities will include basic or applied research, or pre-commercial development.

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


Alberta Bio Future program contacts

Steve Price, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation

Christine Murray, Director, Agricultural Technologies

Pat Guidera, Director, Forest Technologies

Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016