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Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program (CBCAIP)

Grants to British Columbia IHEs, Food Businesses, and Agencies for
Research and Pilot Projects to Advance the Agricultural Industry

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Investment Agriculture Foundation (IAF) of British Columbia

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Deadline Date:

12/02/21 4:30 PM PST


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Grants to British Columbia food businesses, academic institutions, industry organizations, technology providers, nonprofits, and local governments for research studies and pilot programs designed for the food or agricultural sector. A letter of interest is required prior to the submission of a full proposal. Funded projects are intended to lead to the commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies, processes, and practices. The purpose of the program is to advance innovation, competitiveness, sustainability, productivity, and resiliency within the Province's agricultural sector.

The Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program (CBCAIP) will help B.C agri-food producers, value-added food processors, academia, and others in the agri-food sector to accelerate the pace of innovation along the innovation continuum. This five-year FederalProvincial cost-shared program, funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, supports the acceleration of agricultural innovation through late-stage research and pilot projects. 

The program meets commitments under the Science, Research, and Innovation priority area of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership by investing in projects that include the following priorities:

  • Investments in applied science for major commodities within the sector; 
  • Improved support for minor sector commodities and emerging and transformative areas, including agri-tech;
  • Enhanced efforts in clean growth, environment, and climate change;
  • Accelerating the growth of the sector, particularly in agri-food and value-added food processing sectors; and
  • Strengthening knowledge transfer and adoption activities of projects.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184349

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Term of Contract:

All project activities and expenditures must take place between April 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, applicants must be appropriately registered, licensed and/or certified to conduct business in British Columbia.
Eligible applicants may include:
- B.C. agriculture and agri-food sector producers and processors
- Industry associations/organizations
- Retailers, wholesalers and input, technology, and support service suppliers
- Primary Sector – other (e.g., auction yards, fairs, warehouse storage, transporters, importer)
- Processing Sector – other (e.g., distributors, warehouse storage, transporters, importers)
- Value Chains (e.g., producerprocessor-distributor)
- Research bodies, academic institutions and/or other research organizations
- Local governments
- Non-timber forest resource harvesters and wildcrafters
- NGO/non-profit groups
- Indigenous Peoples and other underrepresented groups

Your project may source services from outside of B.C. where those services cannot be obtained cost effectively in B.C. (e.g. specialized research and development services or prototype manufacturing services) or are part of a national effort. However, the intent of program is to benefit B.C.’s agriculture and agri-food sector and B.C. residents. Project benefits retained within B.C. will be considered in project review. Only B.C. based applicants are eligible to apply for this program.

For a list of ineligible activities and costs, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- SOI intake: Opens on August 31, 2021 and closes September 23, 2012 4:30 PM PDT
- Notification of SOI decisions: End of October 2021
- Application intake: Opens on November 9, 2021 and closes December 2, 2021 4:30 PM PST
- Notification of funding decisions: End of February 2022
- Active project period: April 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022

Applicants are required to complete a two-step application process. A Statement of Interest (SOI) must be submitted; shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete a full application.

SOIs and applications to the program will only be accepted through the IAF Application Portal.

The target ratios for cost-sharing are flexible up to a maximum of 75% CBCAIP funding. Target ratios are based on the level of broad benefits and the outcome of the due diligence process. You will be required to contribute more than 25% of the cash costs; the exact amount will be based on several factors.

The program contribution to a project will not exceed 75% of the cash costs of a project.

This is a reimbursement program; successful applicants will receive funding retro-actively.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

For assistance/questions on the SOI, please contact the IAF via:
- LiveChat (see icon in bottom right corner of URL for Full Text below)

For assistance with the IAF application portal, please contact the IAF via:
- LiveChat (see icon in bottom right corner of URL for Full Text below)

For general inquiries about funding contact:

Investment Agriculture Foundation
PO Box 8248
Victoria, BC V8W 3R9

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia;

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