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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

Lignin Challenge 1.0     OPEN UNTIL MARCH 15, 2018
Alberta Innovates invites proposals for funding under Lignin Challenge 1.0, a sub-program of Alberta Bio Future. Lignin Challenge 1.0 is offered in partnership with West Fraser, an integrated forest products company. It supports early-stage work to demonstrate technical feasibility of lignin in high-value applications with potential for commercialization. Go here for more information. 

Alberta Bio Future (ABF) Opportunities    OPEN - CONTINUOUS INTAKE UNTIL MARCH 31, 2019
Alberta Innovates invites proposals for funding under the Alberta Bio Future (ABF) Opportunities sub-program. Alberta Bio Future 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. The ABF Opportunities sub-program is designed to leverage unique and/or exceptional opportunities that would be missed if a project were not considered for funding in a timely fashion. Go here for more information.

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.

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.

 

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: Friday, February 2, 2018
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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.