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Attention Researchers and Extension Agents: BCRC Opens Two Calls for Letters of Intent

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) and Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) invite letters of intent (LOIs) for research projects as well as for technology transfer and production economics projects. The application deadline for these separate but concurrent calls is August 7, 2020 at 11:59 PM MT.

The purpose of these two targeted calls is to achieve objectives in the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy and the National Beef Strategy. These calls are made possible by the recent increase in the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off in most provinces, along with funds provided and administered by ABP. Producer check-off funds allocated to approved projects will need to be leveraged by other industry or government cash contributions. Match leverage funding does not have to be confirmed at the time an LOI is submitted but must be in place prior to BCRC contracting an approved project.

Target outcomes have been clearly defined for both calls 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. Please refer to the target outcomes listed within the Call for Letters of Intent documents linked below before deciding whether to submit an LOI.

All call-related information can also be found at on the Forms and Downloads page.

Research Funding Application

Research projects one to three years in length may be submitted. Projects will commence no earlier than April 1, 2021 and are to be completed by March 31, 2024. Extended durations are discouraged but may be granted on a case by case basis when a clear justification is provided. Researchers early in their career are encouraged to apply. Priority research areas include Beef Quality, Food Safety, Animal Health & Welfare, Antimicrobial Use, Resistance & Alternatives, Feed Grains & Feed Efficiency, Forage & Grassland Productivity, and Environmental Sustainability. Refer to the documents below for more information.

Technology Transfer and Production Economics Funding Application

This separate but concurrent call for LOIs is focused on technology transfer and production economics, and proposed projects up to three years in length may be submitted. The BCRC will provide a maximum of 50% of the project budget, with a maximum BCRC contribution of $50,000 per project. Projects will commence no earlier than April 1, 2021 and must be completed by March 31, 2024.  Refer to the documents below for more information.

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