Strategic Research and Development Program

The Strategic Research and Development Grant Program is designed to enable both basic (proof-of-concept) and applied research initiatives complementary to ALMA’s goals, as outlined in ALMA’s 2015-2018 Business Plan. These are: increased customer access and market development, enabled product differentiation, enhanced productivity and sustainable development.

Agriculture and Forestry is currently reviewing the proposals previously submitted to ALMA. New LOIs are not being accepted at this time, but soon the new Strategic Research and Development Program will open for new LOI submission.

Proposals submitted to the Strategic Research and Development Grant Program should include research activities with the following themes:

- Sustainable production

- Enhancing competitiveness and productivity

- Differentiated products

- Healthy animals and healthy food

- Enhanced market access

- Specific priorities for research as described in the published guidelines on targeted calls for proposals in which ALMA is a funder.

How to Apply

LOI and Full Proposal submissions for the Strategic Research and Development Program are to be made through the on-line electronic submission system. The on-line system can be found at Once the LOI portion of the process is complete, the full proposal form will be made available to those who have been approved to submit a full proposal.

Past Calls for Proposals


Agriculture Funding Consortium Call for Proposals opened April 1, 2016 and will close May 19, 2016.

The Agriculture Funding Consortium (AFC) is a voluntary body comprised of 13 organizations, each of which is responsible for its own priorities and investment mandate. The purpose of a collaborative one-window approach to funding agriculture research and innovation is to coordinate the proposal process, funding provided and stimulate private/public sector participation in Alberta’s agriculture and the food industry. Information on current areas of research and innovation investment is available from each individual organization or by going to

Antimicrobial Use / Antimicrobial Resistance Alberta Beef Producers/ALMA Call for Proposals (Deadline for submission is June 1, 2016)

The purpose of this $1.5 million targeted call for proposals is to focus on antimicrobial use and resistance research priority areas benefiting Alberta’s cattle producers. Antimicrobial stewardship is key to maintaining the Alberta beef industry’s social license to operate, and continued efficacy of products available to the cattle industry. Antimicrobial usage must be prudent, and used most effectively. The targeted priority areas have been established based on producer and expert analysis of significant knowledge and/or technology gaps that require additional research to inform sound decisions regarding the use of antimicrobials by producers in the beef industry and wider antimicrobial policy decisions. Addressing antimicrobial use and resistance issues will provide opportunities for the development of tools and management strategies to increase the competitiveness of the beef industry and aid in maintaining public confidence in the beef industry.

All proposals submitted to ABP must follow the guidelines outlined in the Instructions & Guidelines for Submitting a Letter of Intent & Research Proposal document, posted on the ABP website at

Linked Documents

 Program Contact:
Dr. Susan Novak

Director, Strategic Research and Development

Livestock Research and Extension Branch

Agriculture and Forestry

Phone: 780-643-2998