Funding Opportunity

Accelerating Agricultural Innovations 2.0

Funding Details

Status:
open

Overview

AAI 2.0 invites researchers who are interested in conducting research related to new innovations, advancing existing innovations, or exploring new beneficial management practices.

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.

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

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.

Knowledge

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.

Discovery

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

Support

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.

Eligibility

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.

Program Streams

The following funding streams are available under AAI 2.0: Drought Management and Production Resilience, Soil Health and Fertility, and General Intake.

1. Drought Management and Production Resilience

This stream supports research and research extension activities that develop, demonstrate and evaluate the feasibility and potential of new management practices and technologies to mitigate the impact of drought and enhance overall resilience in the agricultural sector.

Priorities include:

  • Water: availability, cycling, use efficiency, management, and quality and safety

  • Drought resilience practices:

    • Livestock management strategies: grazing management and breeding and herd retention

    • Crop management strategies: moisture retention and soil health; nutrient, disease, and pest management; and drought and heat resilience through genetics and breeding

First intake closes May 15

2. Soil Health and Fertility

This stream supports research and research extension activities that develop, demonstrate and evaluate the feasibility and potential of new management practices that improve soil health and resilience of agricultural land in Alberta.

Priorities include:

  • Soil Health: Soil salinity and soil acidity, soil microbiome and soil genomics, soil-plant interactions, and increasing organic matter content in soils

    • Five principles: soil cover, living roots year-round, minimum soil disturbance, integration of livestock, and maximizing crop diversity

  • Soil Fertility: nutrient availability and utilization, soil microbiome and root function, nutrient use efficiency, nutrient cycling, crop rotation, and root structure.

First intake closes May 15

3. General Intake

This steam supports research activities and projects that:

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

  • Advance the adaptation of existing innovative technologies, products, practices, and processing for Alberta-specific conditions; o Advance new innovations or those proven to work outside Alberta or in industries other than agriculture.

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

Get Started

Application Process

RDAR is currently accepting Letters of Interest (LOIs). If you have any questions about AAI 2.0 or require application assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to RDAR at research@rdar.ca. 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 research@rdar.ca. Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions for full details of eligible and ineligible expenses before applying.