By 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach 10 billion people, which will result in a significant increase in the demand for food and sustainable materials. This will add stress to the limited supply of natural resources available to us. In response to this, Alberta Innovates has launched a new program called Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program (ABIP). ABIP addresses global food security and the demand for sustainable materials by encouraging the development and implementation of technology to grow the agri-food and bioindustrial sectors.
The Program aims to invest in innovative solutions that will be used by agriculture and forestry industries across the globe. Strategic focus areas include: data and digital solutions; autonomous systems; agricultural biotechnology; food processing innovation; biofibre utilization; value-added biomass; and green construction. ABIP’s focal point is market and commercialization, and highly encourages industries, academia and the government to collaborate.
Type of Funding Available
ABIP will provide researchers and developers $10 million over three years to support projects that develop and advance technologies that increase productivity, enhance competitiveness, boost the value of agriculture and forestry commodities, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Applicants can be provided up to $500,000 per project and up to 75% of total project costs. The remaining funding will come from the applicant, project partners, or other funding agencies.
- The program will support innovators, technology developers and industry clients to accelerate technology development and deployment, as well as enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of the agri-food and bioindustrial sectors in Alberta.
- Small and medium-sized enterprises, industry organizations, research and development organizations, post-secondary institutions and government research laboratories.
- Applicants do not have to be based in Alberta, but they must demonstrate a clear value proposition for Alberta.
- Projects that will be researched, piloted, demonstrated and/or implemented in Alberta with long-term Alberta impact will be prioritized.
The program supports projects that:
- Sustain, grow and optimize productivity and reduce the cost of production of Alberta’s agri-food and bioindustrial industries.
- Add value to enhanced and new commodities in the agri-food and bioindustrial sectors.
- Increase environmental sustainability and social benefits for Albertans.
This is a continuous intake program with no deadline to apply, meaning that researchers and developers will have access to funding all year round.