Call for agri-science cluster EOI extended

Because of numerous requests over the past week, the call for expressions of interest (EOI) for proposals to the Agri-Science Cluster program of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has been extended to noon, Eastern Time, September 29.  The original deadline was September 15.

Applicants who already submitted may update their proposal if they want to, according to BioFuelNet Canada, which launched the call earlier in August.

The purpose of this new cluster is to engage Canada’s agricultural operators, industry, universities, government and other research and development organizations to sustainably increase food and biomass production, in the context of a changing climate.

This Call is open to companies incorporated in Canada at the federal or provincial levels, R&D organizations, universities, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals.

This call for EOI is focused on advancing the emerging technologies that will help agricultural producers across Canada sustainably meet the needs of Canada’s and the world’s growing population, and provide the biomass (crop residues, purpose-grown on marginal lands, animal residues) needed by the bioenergy and bioproducts industries.

The new cluster will bring together Canada’s considerable entrepreneurial and technological strengths to:

  • Extend agricultural production to northern latitudes, by using advanced greenhouse technologies such as biomass combined heat and power (CHP) to extend the growing season, CO2 enrichment and biologicals to accelerate growth and improve stress resistance in plants being grown locally as biomass for the greenhouse operation.
  • Increase agricultural production and reduce input costs by developing biologicals for Canadian applications on a range of important economic crops and biomass for bioenergy. The choice of biologicals must pass all government health and environmental assessment requirements.
  • Increase agricultural production and reduce input costs by accelerating the uptake of advanced information technologies, including novel instrumentation, remote sensing, automation, precision farming, use of “big data”, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things etc., to increase the profitability of food and biomass production for the agricultural sector.
  • Develop evidence-based agri-economic models, tools, and policies to enable the agricultural sector to benefit from the emerging carbon markets.

Applicants are also encouraged to include self-funded participants such as municipalities, government research labs, and international partners.

The Agri-Science Cluster program requires that the cluster be industry-led and that industry provide 25 per cent co-funding.

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