Funding Opportunity

RDAR Fast Call: Drought and Extreme Heat Funding Opportunity

Drought and Extreme Heat Funding Opportunity

This summer, Alberta’s producers are experiencing significant challenges created by extreme heat and resulting drought.  Extended periods of high temperatures and minimal rainfall is stressing crops, pastures and livestock.  Temperatures have exceeded 34C across most of the province, with several locations recording temperatures over 38C.

To meet producer’s short-term needs, RDAR is launching a Drought and Extreme Heat Funding opportunity to support research and industry knowledge dissemination on responding to the current drought and extreme heat conditions. This call has been designed as a FastCall; a responsive approach and commitment to review and provide funding for short-term needs of Alberta’s farmers and ranchers.  

Funding up to $150,000/project is available. Eligible expenses will be co-shared on a 50% grant and 50% applicant basis.

Click here to download the full Application Guidelines

Application Process

Apply to this call for proposals through the online application system by clicking here under the RDAR Drought and Extreme Heat Funding Opportunity.

After submitting your proposal, please send your RDAR Signature Template to research@rdar.ca

Eligible Applicants

Funding will be available to incorporated organizations that directly and/or indirectly participate in the service and development of Alberta’s livestock or crop industry, provided that such organizations are in good standing and not in default under any other agreements or programs with RDAR. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:


a) Marketing boards and commissions established under Alberta’s Marketing of Agricultural Products Act;
b) Educational institutions, including universities, colleges, and technical schools;
c) Provincial and municipal government organizations and agencies;
d) Incorporated non-profit agricultural associations representing Alberta’s agriculture producers; and
e) for-profit entities, including research companies, service providers, and agri-businesses offering custom services, consulting services or general services to agricultural clients

Important Dates

There is no application deadline; however, projects are to be completed by December 31, 2022.  This funding opportunity is responding to short-term needs and opportunities facing Alberta’s producers.  If you have any questions, please contact research@rdar.ca.

Resources for Accelerating Agricultural Innovations Applicants

Drought and Extreme Heat Funding Opportunity – Application Guidelines
Drought and Extreme Heat Funding Opportunity – Signature Template