R&D funds for Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food industries

griculture and Agri-Food funding in CanadaHappy New Year, Funds Fans!  2013 starts off with a shot in the arm for the agriculture and agri-food industry.

The AgriInnovation Program is designed to accelerate the pace of innovation by supporting research and development activities in agri-innovations and facilitating the demonstration, commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies, processes, practices and services. The aim is to enhance economic growth, productivity, competitiveness, adaptability and sustainability of the Canadian agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector and assist in capturing opportunities for the sector in domestic and international markets.

Under the Industry-Led Research and Development Stream, where the applicant is a non-profit organization, AAFC may contribute up to 75% of the total eligible project costs. For all other applicants, AAFC may contribute up to 50% of the total eligible project costs to a maximum of $20 million for an agri-science cluster and up to $5 million for an agri-science project.

The Industry-led Research and Development, and Knowledge Transfer stream provides non-repayable support for two types of projects:

Agri-science cluster: Support aims to mobilize and coordinate a critical mass of scientific expertise in industry, academia and government. The agri-science cluster would be national in scope, industry-led, and address components of the sector’s applied science plan under a single application. Hence, it would address several themes that are priorities to the industry and would request support toward several research activities across the country.  An agri-science cluster may be commodity based, or may be horizontal in nature where it addresses cross-cutting issues that are of interest to more than one commodity.  Deadline to submit LOI or application is February 1, 2013.

Agri-Science Project: A single agri-science project or a smaller set of agri-science projects that would be less comprehensive than an agri-science cluster. The scope may be national, regional or local.  Deadlines to submit are February 1, June 1 and October 1, 2013.

That’s what I have for you today.  Don’t forget to check out the long list of Deadline Alerts coming up during January.

Over and out for January 2nd, 2013 🙂