Attn Researchers And Extension Agents: BCRC Opens Two Calls For Letters Of Intent



The Beef Cattle Research Council and Alberta Beef Producers invites letters of intent (LOIs) for research projects as well as LOIs for technology transfer and production economics projects. The application deadline for these separate but concurrent calls is August 9, 2019 at 11:59 PM MT.

The purpose of these two targeted calls is to achieve specific objectives in the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy and the National Beef Strategy. These  calls for research and technology transfer LOIs, expected to occur annually for research and bi-annually for technology transfer and production economics, are made possible by the recent increase in the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off in most provinces.

Approved projects, funded by Canadian cattle producers through the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off, will be required to use the industry funding to leverage additional funds from government or other funding organizations to fulfill project budgets.

Through extensive consultation with research teams and industry stakeholders to identify critical needs and key areas where the BCRC and ABP can have the greatest impact, target outcomes have been clearly defined for both calls. Please refer to the target objectives listed within the documents linked below before deciding whether to submit a LOI. Continue reading

Attention researchers: SK Ministry of Agriculture is now accepting Letters of Intent

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOI’s) for research funding under the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

The Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) was created to fund research to help farmers and ranchers become successful. The core of ADF provides funding for basic and applied agriculture research projects in crops, livestock, forages, processing, soils, environment, horticulture, and alternative crops. It provides project funding of nearly $14 million per year on a competitive basis to researchers in public and private research and development organizations, selected on the basis of their research’s potential to create growth opportunities or enhance the competitiveness of the provincial agriculture industry.

Letters of Intent will be accepted until April 15, 2019.

The Agriculture Development Fund is an online application system. This system is located at: https://arb.gov.sk.ca/ and is best experienced using a modern browser (such as Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox).

More information on the Agriculture Development Fund. 

When seeking funding, researchers are encouraged to refer to the priorities and target research outcomes in the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy.

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Attn Institutions: BCRC Call for Proposals for Research Chairs

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) invites proposals from leading research institutions for the establishment of Research Chairs. The deadline is October 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM MT.

Currently, a shortage of scientific experts and research capacity in some areas of beef, cattle and forage research are hindering the ability to conduct priority research that supports improvements in productivity and demand and responds to emerging issues. To fill these gaps, the BCRC is exploring options to establish Research Chairs in key areas with investment of Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off funding in partnership with other funders.

To procure the strongest opportunities for capacity development and encourage matching investments, Research Chair concepts will be considered through an open call for proposals. The BCRC welcomes proposals that work towards the achievement of its three core research objectives: Continue reading

Attn Researchers and Extension Agents: Deadline for BCRC LOIs is 2 weeks away

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) announced in June that we invite letters of intent (LOIs) for research projects as well as LOIs for technology transfer and production economics projects. The application deadline for these separate but concurrent calls is August 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM MT.

Note: settings within the LOI forms have recently been improved. To ensure you use the latest versions, you may need to clear the cache memory on your computer before clicking the links to the forms below.  



Researchers should refer to the BCRC’s priority research outcomes before deciding to submit a LOI. Continue reading

Attention researchers: Genome Canada and AAFC funding

Genome Canada in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has recently launched the 2018 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition: Genomics Solutions for Agriculture, Agri-Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture (2018 LSARP).

This funding competition aims to support projects that will use genomics to advance the sustainability, productive capacity, and competitive position of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food & fisheries and aquaculture sectors, and thereby strengthen Canada’s economy and the wellbeing of Canadians. There is approximately $30 million available through Genome Canada, and up to $16 million from AAFC. Successful projects can receive up to $4 million from Genome Canada, and $3 million from AAFC over a maximum of four years, with a 1:1 co-funding ratio to Genome Canada’s contribution.

More information about the Request for Applications can be found on Genome Alberta’s website.

When seeking funding, researchers are encouraged to refer to the priorities and target research outcomes in the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy. Continue reading

Attention researchers: OMAFRA call for research proposals

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs New Directions Research Program has opened a call for proposals in the area of:

  • Innovation for Ontario’s Agricultural Systems and Soils to Reduce Phosphorus Loss
  • Sustainable Livestock Production Using Precision Technologies to Support Compliance and Assurance Systems
  • Disruptive Technologies

Letters of Intent are due Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. EST. More information is available at:
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/research/new_directions/ndresearchprogram.html 

When seeking funding, researchers are encouraged to refer to the priorities and target research outcomes in the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy. Continue reading

Attention researchers: A3GP call for research proposals

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Department (AAF) have partnered with Genome Alberta to announce the launch of the Alberta Applied Agricultural Genomics Program (A3GP). This funding competition aims to support the advancement of genomics-enabled research to address challenges and opportunities important to Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food sectors. The A3GP will provide funding for genomics-based research projects up to $250,000 over a period of 2 years.

More information is available at: http://genomealberta.ca/funding/new-alberta-applied-agricultural-genomics-program.aspx

When seeking funding, researchers are encouraged to refer to the priorities and target research outcomes in the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy. Continue reading

Attention researchers: SCAIDF and ABP call for research proposals

The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Industry Development Fund (SCAIDF) and Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) have partnered on a call for proposals related to animal health and welfare, as well as forage and grassland productivity. More information is available at http://www.albertabeef.org/page/research.

The SCAIDF has a separate Call for Research Proposal as well. This call is open to any research priority. More information is available at http://www.saskbeef.com/research–innovation.html

The deadline for both calls is April 20, 2018. 

A call was issued earlier this month from SK ADF. More information on the SK ADF call can be found here: http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/attention-researchers-sk-adf-call-for-letters-of-intent

Attention researchers: SK ADF Call for Letters of Intent

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOI’s) for research funding under the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). 

Their deadline is April 16, 2018. More information is available at https://arb.gov.sk.ca.

When requesting funding, researchers are encouraged to refer to the priorities and target research outcomes in the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy.

The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Industry Development Fund (SCAIDF) will issue a separate call for proposals in the coming weeks.

Attention researchers: SCAIDF call for proposals



The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Industry Development Fund (SCAIDF) has announced a call for proposals. The deadline to submit letters of intent is September 29, 2017. 

Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration. Most successful projects request a maximum of $50,000 per project, regardless of project duration. Projects can request more than this amount, provided they have also received or requested funding from other funding groups and can demonstrate the necessity of a larger request for funding.

More information about this call for proposals including priority areas and instructions for submitting an application are available at their website: http://www.saskbeef.com/research.html