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Accelerating the Advancement of Agricultural Innovation Program

Grants to Alberta Agricultural Nonprofits, Local Governments, Producers,
Tribes, and IHEs for Research Projects To Test Innovations in Agriculture

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Canadian Agricultural Partnership

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12/12/19 Receipt or Postmarked


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Grants to Alberta nonprofit agricultural groups, industry organizations, municipal governments, active producers, tribes, and post-secondary institutions for applied research projects that test innovations for application in the Province's agricultural industry. Funding is intended to support feasibility activities, prototype development, proof of concept activities, demonstration activities, and pilot scale-up projects.

The purpose of the Accelerating the Advancement of Agricultural Innovation grant program is to support activities that demonstrate the feasibility and potential for real world application of innovations. Funded projects test innovations that are new to Alberta or new to a specific agricultural sector. The program supports applied research with a focus on innovation for public good. Along a research continuum, project applied research activities would appear somewhere between ‘basic research’ and ‘private research.

One or more of the following applied research activities may be included in an application:

  1. Proof of concept activities that assess an Innovation under specific conditions to evaluate its potential application for Alberta’s agriculture sectors;
  2. Feasibility activities that assess the suitability of an Innovation for Alberta’s agriculture sectors;
  3. Prototype development to establish or validate performance characteristics of an Innovation to function in Alberta;
  4. Demonstration activities that will enable the showcasing of Innovations (pre-commercial or commercial) with growth potential for use in Alberta agriculture; and
  5. Pilot activities that scale up Innovations with growth potential under Alberta specific conditions for use in Alberta agriculture sectors.

In addition,  one or more of the following KTT (knowledge translation and transfer) activities must be included in an Application (projects that are solely for the purpose of KTT are also eligible), and these activities must be for the extension of knowledge about science and Innovation gained by the Applicant from current or past projects in order to benefit Alberta agriculture sectors:

  1. Organizing, hosting, facilitating, attending, or presenting at KTT events (workshops, seminars, webinars, field  tours, tradeshows, conferences, classes, etc.);
  2. KTT mentorship activities, one-on-one activities, or peer-to-peer activities; or
  3. Development and distribution of KTT products such as factsheets, videos, publications, and podcasts

Examples of eligible projects include:

  •  New agricultural innovation from another country/province that is untested in Alberta agriculture
  •  New innovation in Alberta tested in beef but untested in sheep
  •  New non-agriculture use from any place, that is untested in Alberta agriculture

For a list of eligible expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184819

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Maximum $250,000 grant per applicant in a fiscal year
- Maximum $500,000 per Applicant over the Program term.

- Approved capital expenditures may be reimbursed up to 20% of the applicant’s expense.
- Other approved, non-capital, expenses are shared 50% grant: 50% applicant.

Term of Contract:

It is anticipated most projects are 24 months, maximum. If there is a demonstrated need to have a project that exceeds 24 months, there must be a very strong rationale as part of the application. Project work must not extend past January 1, 2023.

The date that the email or mailed application is received will be considered the start date, unless a later date is indicated by the applicant on the Application. If applicants choose to spend dollars in advance of a decision on their project, the applicant is assuming the risk for the entire project, given that their application may not be approved for funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:

a) Active Producers (includes Hutterite colony, greenhouse, commercial hatchery, member of Indian Band or Métis Settlement);
b) Non-profit agricultural groups registered under the Societies Act, such as Applied Research and Extension Associations or forage associations;
c) Industry Organizations (includes not-for-profit producer boards or commissions, processor organizations);
d) Indian Bands;
e) Métis Settlements;
f) Post-Secondary Institutions (public college, technical institute, or university); and
g) Municipal Governments

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a) For-profit entities including research companies, service providers, and agri-businesses offering custom services, consulting services or general services to agricultural clients;
b) Grazing Reserves;
c) Federal research stations;
d) Religious organizations, churches and similar organizations;
e) Food processors or bio-processors;
f) Retail businesses and food-service establishments; and
g) Any other entities deemed ineligible by the Minister.

For a list of ineligible activities and expenses, see and

Pre-Application Information:

*The next Intake Due Dates are:

- September 30, 2019
- December 12, 2019

To be eligible for that review period applications must be received by or postmarked on or before the date specified.

Applicants can apply more than once in any year. Applicants can apply to one or both of the Accelerating the Advancement of Agricultural Innovation (Accelerating Innovation) and Adapting Innovative Solutions in Agriculture (Adapting Solutions) programs in any year.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the application by mail or by email to:

Accelerating the Advancement of Agricultural Innovation Program
Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Room 303, 7000 - 113 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5T6

For more information, contact 310-3276 (FARM) or use the email address indicated above.

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Canada: Alberta