Funding Opportunity

Accelerating Agricultural Innovations 2.0

Funding Details



RDAR is delivering the AAI 2.0 under a Program Administrator Agreement with the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (AGI).

The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) is a five-year, $3.5B investment by Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments that supports Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sectors. This includes $1B in federal programs and activities and a $2.5B commitment that is cost-shared 60% federally and 40% provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories.

AAI 2.0 and RDAR

The launch of AAI 2.0 marks an ambitious path forward in Alberta. Supporting RDAR’s mandate to target strategic investment in producer-led, results-driven agriculture research, AAI 2.0 program funding will power new projects that increase competitiveness, profitability, productivity, and sustainability in Alberta agriculture.

Program Objectives

The purpose of AAI 2.0 is to support research activities and projects that facilitate and focus on innovation and advancement.

New innovation

Research projects that demonstrate the feasibility and potential for application of new innovations (products, technologies, processes, and practices) by determining if the innovation is appropriate for use in Alberta by the end-user and how easily it can be adopted.

Adapt existing innovation

Advance the adaptation of existing innovative technologies, products, practices, and processing for Alberta-specific conditions

Advance new innovation

Advance new innovations or those proven to work outside Alberta or in industries other than agriculture

Showcase feasibility

Evaluate, adapt, or demonstrate the feasibility and potential of such innovations for application under Alberta-specific conditions and producer needs.

Program Goals

AAI 2.0 aims to support research activities and projects that focus on knowledge and collaboration.


Improve knowledge, understanding and collaboration on science-based solutions by the scientific, agriculture and agri-food community to support a sustainable Sector and to improve the Sector’s economic growth and resiliency.


Increase discovery, development and application of agricultural products, processes, practices, services, and technologies.


Increase supports for the revitalization of diverse Indigenous food and knowledge systems and improved accessibility to co-developed research, development and knowledge transfer supports for Indigenous peoples.


RDAR invites eligible applicants to submit Letters of Intent (LOI)s that support research projects that demonstrate and accelerate the farm-gate adoption of agricultural innovations and processes for the livestock and crop industries in Alberta.

Applicants must be one of the following

  • an Industry Organization;

  • a Municipal Government or an agency of a Municipal Government;

  • a Post-Secondary Institution;

  • a Primary Producer;

  • a for-profit Legal Entity, including research companies and businesses offering custom services, consulting, or general services to agricultural clients; or

  • Not-for-profit Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, Inuit) organization.

Go the Final Mile

A clear research extension plan to show how research outcomes will reach Alberta’s producers on-farm, either directly or through ancillary service providers (e.g. veterinarians).

Provide value of results

Clearly demonstrate how results of the project will benefit producers and/or value-chain partners.

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Cost-Sharing Details

Eligible Non-Capital Expenses

May be cost-shared:

a) at 60% grant and 40% Eligible Applicant if the Eligible Applicant is a Post-Secondary Institution or a for-profit Legal Entity; and

b) at 80% grant and 20% Eligible Applicant if the Eligible Applicant is not a Post-Secondary Institution or a for-profit Legal Entity.

Eligible Capital Expenses

May be cost-shared at 25% grant and 75% Eligible Applicant.

In-Kind Contributions

Not payable under the Program, but RDAR may consider in-kind contributions as part of the Applicant's required contribution.

Get Started

Application Process

RDAR will accept Letters of Intent (LOIs) on a continual basis. If you have any questions about AAI 2.0 or require application assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to RDAR at We are here to assist you.

  1. 1

    Submit a Letter of Intent to ARGO

    ARGO (Agriculture Research Grant Organizer), is RDAR’s grant management system. To apply to the AAI 2.0 program in ARGO, select ‘Accelerating Agricultural Innovations 2.0 Program’.

  2. 2

    Await review process results

    Applications completed to the satisfaction of RDAR will be considered for approval on a case-by-case basis subject to the Program eligibility criteria, assessment criteria, and funding constraints.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens once I submit my proposal?

Once you've submitted your Letter of Intent (LOI), it will undergo a thorough review process and will be evaluated based on several factors, including alignment with the program, benefit to Alberta producers, and extension plans.

How do I ensure my proposal is going the Final Mile?

Your Final Mile, or extension plan, should emphasize activities that ensure results of your research will reach producers and value chain partners.

Where do I go for help?

If you have any questions about the AAI 2.0 program or require application assistance, please reach out to RDAR at

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