Accelerating the Advancement of Agricultural Innovation
· This grant program supports applied research with a focus on innovation for public good.
· Eligible and ineligible applicants are listed in Sections 3.1 and 3.2 of the Terms and Conditions; applicant definitions are in Section 2.0.
· Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on this program web page for answers to common questions, and the Links & Other Resources.
The purpose of the Accelerating the Advancement of Agricultural Innovation Program is to support activities that demonstrate the feasibility and potential for real world application of innovations that are new to Alberta or new to the agriculture sector. This program is one of two in the Science and Research theme within the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Alberta.
There is limited funding in the Program. Applications completed to the satisfaction of the Minister will be considered for approval on a case-by-case basis, subject to Program eligibility criteria, assessment criteria and funding constraints. This web page provides Program highlights. Please refer to all Program documents for essential details and definitions.
Every project application must include knowledge transfer and translation (KTT). Projects that are solely for the purpose of KTT are also eligible in the Program.
The Program provides grants on a cost-shared basis to cover Eligible Expenses on approved Projects.
Non-capital eligible expenses shared 50% grant: 50% applicant.
Capital eligible expenses shared 20% grant: 80% applicant.
Maximum $250,000 grant per applicant in a fiscal year, April-March.
Maximum of $500,000 per Applicant during the Program term.
The program receives applications continuously.
Applications must be received by AF [or postmarked] on or before the dates specified.
The next Intake Due Date is May 8, 2019.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has priority areas of interest for activities and knowledge transfer and translation relating to science, research and innovation:
· Advance effective environmental stewardship
· Be a catalyst for economic development and competitiveness
· Provide domestic and international assurance/public safety
Eligible activities must include:
One or more of the knowledge transfer and translation (KTT) activities listed in section 3.3 of the Terms and Conditions for this Program:
a) Organizing, hosting, facilitating, attending or presenting at KTT events
b) KTT activities for mentorship, one-on-one, or peer-to-peer
c) Development and distribution of KTT products.
Eligible activities may include:
One or more of the applied research activities listed in section 3.3 of the Terms and Conditions for this Program:
a) Proof of concept activities that assess an innovation under specific conditions to evaluate its potential use for Alberta’s agriculture sectors;
b) Feasibility activities that assess the suitability of an innovation for Alberta’s agriculture sectors;
c) Prototype development to establish or validate performance characteristics of an innovation to function in Alberta;
d) Demonstration activities that will enable the showcasing of innovations (pre-commercial or commercial) with growth potential for use in Alberta agriculture; and
e) Pilot activities that scale up innovations with growth potential under Alberta specific conditions for use in Alberta agriculture sectors.
Am I eligible for this program?
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 producer boards or commissions, processor organizations);
d) Indian Bands;
e) Métis Settlements;
f) Post-Secondary Institutions; and
g) Municipal Governments
How do I apply for this program?
· Please review all Program documents and related links on this website for pertinent details.
· There is no Letter of Intent step in the Program.
· Determine if you are eligible to apply.
· The legal name of the ‘Applicant’ is required. This entity must be able to enter into a Grant Agreement with the Government of Alberta.
· The Application must be completed in full. When submitting the Application, include any relevant supporting documents such as letters of support, brief biographies, quotes with scope of contract services, and quotes for capital purchases.
· Applications are accepted by email (include scanned copy of the signed ‘Part G Statement of Certification’) OR by mail (include original signed ‘Part G Statement of Certification’). Please see the Application final page for details. Sign Part G by hand.
· Applications have continuous intake all year, with two Intake Due Dates which will be posted on the Program website.
· Note that eligible applications are reviewed after the Intake Due Dates, by external reviewers, according to the Program Assessment Criteria in the Terms and Conditions.
· To receive updates on the Program status, please go to www.cap.alberta.ca and click on the yellow icon to ‘Subscribe to Receive Program Announcements’.
If you have a question about the Application, please contact 310-3276 (FARM) to be put in touch with a person who may assist you. You may also email the Program team at AF.AccelAdapt@gov.ab.ca
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