Past Calls for Proposals

For information on our past Targeted Calls for Proposals please click on the links below. For current calls, please refer to the Strategic Research and Development Program page.

  • 2015-2016 Agriculture Funding Consortium – 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 the Alberta’s agriculture and the food industry.  Information on current areas of research and innovation investment is available from each individual organization or through the following link: http://www.fundingconsortium.ca. Applications will be accepted beginning June 1, 2015.

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  • 2015-16 Sustainability Call - The Sustainability targeted call focuses on increasing the sustainability of Alberta’s livestock and meat industry by driving positive change in short-term decision making and long-term capacity and knowledge.  The aim is to strengthen industry’s social license to operate via full chain coordination and adoption of sustainable agricultural practices.  Within the Sustainability targeted call, the term “sustainability” is inclusive of environmental health, economic health and socially-responsible production practices.  Sustainable farms protect the biodiversity of the lands and foster healthy ecosystems.  Healthy and sustainable food systems set a solid foundation for food and agriculture production into the future. To read more, please visit the Sustainability Call Guidelines and Letter of Intent Template.

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  • 2015-16 Product Differentiation Call - The targeted Product Differentiation call for proposals is focused on creating and capturing opportunities to differentiate Alberta’s livestock and meat products.  This will strengthen Alberta’s competitiveness by enhancing quality, safety, value based attributes and activities that create better products.  The scope extends to projects that advance certification, verification, audit and traceability capacity.  ALMA supports innovation towards the differentiation of Alberta’s livestock and meat products and enabling the supply chain to deliver product authenticity and integrity to its consumers.  This may include differentiation within a product category or differentiation of attributes of Alberta’s products from other jurisdictions. To read more, please visit the Product Differentiation Call Guidelines and Letter of Intent Template.

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  • The IDeal Program - The Innovation and Delivery Program, also known as the IDeal Program, is intended to encourage collaboration among industry and Alberta universities and research organizations. The Alberta Prion Research Institute (APRI) and Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) invite applications for well-defined research and development projects undertaken by Alberta-based private-sector organizations or public-sector-based researchers and their private-sector partners. Direct project costs are shared by private sector partners and the funders. A private sector partner may be a company, an industry association, or similar body.
    Projects may range from one to three years in duration. APRI-ALMA IDeal Grants will generally be of an applied nature and will be directed at a specific challenge identified by the private sector partner and the industry. Eligible collaborations include focused projects with specific short- to-medium-term objectives, as well as discrete phases in a program of longer-range research and development. All proposals require evidence of detailed planning and sound budget justification, and must clearly spell out the underlying assumptions, intended approaches, milestones and deliverables. Funding will be conditional on proposed researchers having demonstrable evidence of capacity to carry out the research program. Read more: http://prioninstitute.ca/index.php?page=webpages&menucat=123&id=131&action=displaypage&side=1

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2014-15 Production Excellence Call: The Production Excellence call for proposals is targeted at research projects that will strengthen Alberta’s competitiveness by reducing livestock production costs, processing costs and labour requirements. The priorities are developing novel technologies and research on feeding efficiency, nutrient utilization, herd fertility and trait selection, animal health and performance, and animal well-being.

The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) will invest up to $2.0 million to support innovation delivering productivity gains and supply chain collaboration for improved knowledge transfer and profitability. To read more, please visit the Production Excellence call Guidelines.

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  • 2014-15 On-Farm Technology Adoption Call – The On-Farm Technology Adoption targeted call is focused on identifying and supporting investment in selected projects that attract demonstration of technologies and equipment not yet used in western Canada.  The targeted call will support these projects as demonstration projects with the purpose of shortening the duration of time between technological innovation and on-farm use in Alberta.  Submissions to the On-Farm Technology Adoption call for proposals should target production efficiencies that reduce labour costs and increase efficiencies, quality and/or safety of animals and workers. To read more, please visit the On-Farm Technology Adoption call Guidelines

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  • 2014-15 Sustainability Call - The sustainability targeted call focuses on increasing the sustainability of Alberta’s livestock and meat industry by driving positive change in short-term decision making and long-term capacity and knowledge. The aim is to strengthen industry’s social license to operate via full chain coordination and adoption of sustainable agricultural practices. The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) will invest up to $2.0 million to support innovation and development in the area of sustainability. Within this targeted call, the term “sustainability” is inclusive of environmental health, economic health and socially-responsible production practices. Sustainable farms protect the biodiversity of the lands and foster healthy ecosystems. Healthy food systems set a solid foundation for food and agriculture production into the future. Submissions to the sustainability call for proposals should target production efficiencies that reduce approaches that reduce the environmental footprint or of livestock production and/or antibiotic usage, and/or enhances animal welfare and that positively impact the competitiveness of Alberta’s livestock supply chain. To read more, please visit the Sustainability call Guidelines.

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  • 2014-15 Product Differentiation Call - The targeted Product Differentiation Call for Proposals is focused on creating and acting upon opportunities to differentiate Alberta’s livestock and meat products. This will strengthen Alberta’s competitiveness by enhancing quality, safety, value based attributes and activities that create better products. The scope extends to projects that advance certification, verification, audit and traceability capacity. The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) will invest up to $2.0 million to support innovation in areas that support the differentiation of Alberta’s livestock and meat products and allow the supply chain to deliver authenticity and integrity to consumers. Submissions to the Product Differentiation Call for Proposals should target creating new and innovative means for Alberta’s businesses to market products as superior to alternatives. To read more, please visit the Product Differentiation call Guidelines.

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  • Agriculture Funding Consortium- the Agriculture Funding Consortium (AFC) is a voluntary body that has no legal standing and is comprised of 13 organisations, 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 the Alberta’s agriculture and the food industry. Information on current areas of research and innovation investment is available from each individual organization or through the following link: http://www.fundingconsortium.ca. The same link can be used for information on the online application system and all the related templates.

 

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  • Applied Livestock Genomics Program 2 -Genome Alberta and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency partnered again to support genomic sciences in Alberta’s livestock and meat industry. In 2010, the organizations launched an ‘Applied Livestock Genomics Program (ALGP)’ that funded 9 projects, which are now delivering exciting results demonstrating the tremendous potential of genomics to make positive impacts in our multi-billion dollar livestock industry.

    The new program, ALGP2, has $3 million available for genomics research in the areas of sustainability and reducing carbon footprint, livestock health, production relating to climate change, food safety and nutrition, and translational challenges in technology uptake. There are two types of projects to be funded: ‘Rapid Opportunity Projects’ (ROPs) and ‘Strategic Opportunity Projects’ (SOPs). ROPs are focused on short term projects that will have immediate benefits to the sector while SOPs are longer term projects that will address significant research questions and industry issues. ALPG2 investments will ultimately develop projects providing significant benefit to the Canadian livestock industry, and the Canadian economy, through genomics-based innovations. For the Program Guidelines and Letter of Intent form, please visit: http://genomealberta.ca/blogs/the-applied-livestock-genomics-program-for-2014-algp2.aspx

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  • Funding Consortium - The Agriculture Funding Consortium is a general call for all research proposals; however, proposals should be aligned with the funding priorities of the Funding Consortium Members. ALMA is a member of the Funding Consortium and our funding priorities for research are on the current webpage. For more information, please follow this link to the Funding Consortium website: http://www.fundingconsortium.ca/ or the link to the on-line application system http://www.fundingconsortium.gov.ab.ca/

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  • 2013-14 ALMA Sustainability Call - The mandate of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) is to stimulate new thinking, new ideas and new approaches that enhance the reputation, competitiveness and profitability of Alberta’s livestock and meat industry. As a catalyst for change working on policy and fostering innovation, ALMA has launched the Sustainability Call to strengthen industry’s social license to operate by advancing capacity and knowledge in research through to full chain coordination of sustainable agricultural practices. The proposals must demonstrate a way forward for the industry as it responds a growing emphasis on sustainability, healthy food and transparency. The scope of sustainability is inclusive of environmental health, economic health and ethical production. Further details on ALMA’s priorities and on sustainability can be found in our Business Plan and the sources outlined in the Program Guidelines.

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  • 2013-14 ALMA One Health Call - The mandate of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) is to stimulate new thinking, new ideas and new approaches that enhance the reputation, competitiveness and profitability of Alberta’s livestock and meat industry.  As a catalyst for change working on policy and fostering innovation, ALMA has created the One Health call to focus on specific areas pertaining to the livestock and meat sector while recognizing this is a multi-stakeholder One Health conversation at the local, national and international levels. “One Health” can be defined as the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines - Working Locally, Nationally and Globally – to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment. Further details about the ALMA focus to One Health can be found on the One Health Roadmap. Further details are outlined in the Program Guidelines.

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  • APRI-ALMA Request for Application III for Specified Risk Materials, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Chronic Wasting Disease - The Alberta Prion Research Institute (APRI) and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) invited submission of research applications for this 2013 call.

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  • 2012-13 Food Safety Research and Innovation Program - Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, in collaboration with the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA), invited applications to the "2012-13 Food Safety Research and Innovation Program." This program will build on Alberta’s excellent reputation in food safety and contribute to the reduction of incidence of food borne illnesses. The results: improved health and well-being of Albertans and increase consumer confidence in the province’s food and agricultural industries.

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  • APRI / ALMA Request for Applications II for Chronic Wasting Disease, Specified Risk Materials, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy - The Alberta Prion Research Institute (APRI) and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) invited submission of research applications for this 2011 call. Read more at the Alberta Prion Research Institute.

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  • The 2012-2013 Funding Open Call was a general call for all research proposals; however, proposals should be aligned with the funding priorities of the Funding Consortium Members. ALMA is a member of the Funding Consortium and our funding priorities for research are on the current webpage. Link to the Funding Consortium website: http://www.fundingconsortium.ca/

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