If you have an agri-business and are working on innovative projects, you can apply for assistance. Apply for:
- A contribution for pre-commercialization R&D and knowledge transfer
- A repayable contribution to help get your agri-based products or services ready for the market
There are two streams within this program:
- Industry-led Research and Development Stream — you may receive a non-repayable contribution of up to $5 million
- Enabling Commercialization and Adoption Stream — you may receive a repayable contribution of up to $10 million
Business Opportunity Grant
As an agriculture producer in Alberta, you may be eligible for a grant to hire an expert to perform:
- Opportunity assessments
- Market research
- Business management consulting or coaching
- Business and marketing plans development
- Legal and financial responsibilities associated with forming new or unique business models
Alberta Bio Future Program – Equipment Utilization
The Alberta Bio Future (ABF) Equipment Utilization program was introduced March 12, 2015. Alberta Bio Future focuses primarily on projects that add value to biomass in agriculture and forestry. The ABF Equipment Utilization program is open to applications from companies and sole proprietors based in Alberta. Applicants may qualify for up to $100,000 in funding to access publicly funded equipment and technical expertise for the mechanical conversion of biomass. Visit the ABF Equipment Utilization web page to apply, and for more information about available equipment, eligibility requirements and other important details.
2015/16 Applied Research and Product Development Program
Launched on June 24, 2015, the program is designed to provide funding to researchers for applied research and product development in the area of food, with a focus on the development of value added ingredients, food products, and or beverages that are derived from Alberta crop or livestock commodities. The program helps to bring together academic researchers with food processors in a unique initiative that supports development of globally competitive new food innovations for entry into local, national or international markets. Researchers are invited to submit a Letter of intent (LOI) to the program as the first step in the application process for a non-repayable grant of up to $150,000. Click here for more information.
Alberta Innovation Voucher
In 2012, the Alberta Innovation Voucher program, which is managed by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures received support from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, to provide vouchers of up to $15,000 or $50,000 to eligible small companies, including agricultural and agri-food producers and processors, foresters, innovators in municipal solid waste or bioproducts, researchers with small companies and others in Alberta’s life sciences sector. Click here for more information.