Building proposals with impact

A strong RDAR ‘Research Ready’ proposal should have the following:

Clearly Identified Industry Gap

Clearly identify the current gap within the industry that the project will look to address; including the scope of that gap. Include the economic impact, as that is what will drive the eventual adoption by producers.

Involve Industry Early

Involve industry early on in the project development process. Industry members sit at the AFC table. It is valuable to have a group aware of the work and able to speak to the value of the work to the applicable sector.

Broad Vision for the Work

Consider the broader scope, not just within the industry context but within the broader context of your research program. If previous work has been completed in this area, mention the results and how they have guided this stage of the research.

SMART Objectives

Ensure your objectives are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

Multidisciplinary Collaboration

To avoid research duplication. If similar work is taking place at a different research institution, it is expected that the research team communicate and highlight complimentary work. Be sure to check RDAR’s funded projects to see if research has been previously funded.

And YOUR PROPOSAL will be even better if…

Here are some additional tips to consider when building out your proposal.

Reach Out to RDAR During Ideation Stage

RDAR Research Program Officers are happy to evaluate project drafts and offer feedback to strengthen a proposal to ensure it resonates with the decision makers.


Highlighting additional resources outside of the core project team can provide a different perspective and provide a novel approach to the solution. This not only supports the management of the project budget, but can provide a conduit towards enhanced knowledge mobilization efforts and ultimately support adoption.

Value-Chain Impact

Research that supports multiple facets of the value chain and articulates that support can highlight additional benefits, and potential additional funding sources.

Ask the Question: How Are You Supporting the Future of Agriculture?

Ensure your research supports the future of agriculture as per RDAR’s Research Priorities. Ensure your research is SMART & connected, responsive to climate change, innovative, differentiated, and focused on food supply, affordability, and safety.

Be sure to review RDAR’s Strategic Framework for reference.