Strategic Research & Development Program:

The Strategic Research & Development Program (SRDP) is designed to enable both basic and applied research initiatives aligned to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s (AAF) Business Plan and priorities. The SRDP provides targeted grant assistance for entities involved in Alberta’s crop and livestock industries.

Note: As of February 2018, the Strategic Research & Development program has revised Terms & Conditions (T&Cs) which expand the eligible applications and projects to crops; previously exclusive to livestock relevant projects. Please see the following T&Cs to determine eligibility.

Terms & Conditions

Additional information on priority areas are currently under development and will be updated in this space in the near future.

Agriculture and Forestry is currently reviewing the proposals submitted to the 2018-2019 AFC Open Call for Proposals. New LOIs are not being accepted at this time.

Letters of intent (LOI) and Full Proposals are reviewed for the SRDP program on an on-going basis. The review process typically takes between 3-4 months from submission of LOI to reach a funding decision by AAF. When submitting your LOI or Full Proposal, please note that only a pdf copy of the signature(s) is required. Signatures can be emailed to or submitted by fax (780-427-1057). All applicants will be notified of the status of their LOI by email. Only a successful LOI will be followed by a request for a Full Proposal.

How to Apply

LOI and Full Proposal submissions for the SRDP are to be made through the on-line electronic submission system. The on-line system can be found at Once LOIs have been reviewed, the Full Proposal form will be made available to those applicants with successful LOIs. The applications will be thoroughly reviewed internally, by external peer-review, and by an external technical review committee. The SRDP is a competitive, merit-based funding competition.

If you have previously submitted your LOI and/or Full Proposal through the Agriculture Funding Consortium (AFC), you do NOT need to resubmit the same proposal through the SRDP.

Current Calls for Proposals:

In partnership with Genome Alberta, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry (AAF) is pleased 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 of up to $250,000 over a period of 2 years. Genome Alberta and AAF will support 100% of eligible project costs, and research projects are encouraged to leverage this investment with other sources of funding. Research proposals where investigators are participating in larger national or international efforts are strongly encouraged.

Registrations for the competition will be due to Genome Alberta by:
Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 at 11:59 PM MDT.

Genome Alberta will be administering the A3GP call. For questions on project focus and eligibility please contact:

Niall Kerrigan
Program Coordinator, Genome Alberta
(403) 210-5252

The intake for the A3GP program will not be through RFOAS. Please see the following website for more details:

Past Calls for Proposals:

Agriculture Funding Consortium Call for Proposals opened March 1, 2018 and will close April 13, 2018.

The Agriculture Funding Consortium (AFC) is a voluntary body comprised of 12 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

The review of the 2017 full proposals received by the AFC is now complete. 2017-2018 year we received 182 letters-of-intent requesting $47.1 million. One hundred full proposals were requested, seeking assistance of $24.8 million in support for a total value of research exceeding $51.0 million in research projects. The average request per project was $251,000.

Linked Documents

Strategic Research and Development Letter of Intent Application Guide (Letter of Intent Template)

Strategic Research and Development Budget Spreadsheet

Interim Report Template

Final Report Template

Program Contact:

Dr. Susan Novak

Director, Strategic Research & Development

Livestock Research & Extension Branch

Agriculture & Forestry

Phone: 780-643-2998