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New Alberta Applied Agricultural Genomics Program

UPDATE: We had an excellent response to our call for registrations and here are the projects which have been asked to submit full proposals.

In partnership with the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Department (AAF), Genome Alberta has launchedthe 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. 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. Please see the Program Guidelines provided below for full details on the opportunity.

The agriculture and agri-food sectors have a strong history of using research to develop solutions to emerging issues. As one of many tools in the toolbox, genomics and other ‘omics can assist the sector in overcoming the challenges of the 21st century and positively impact global food security, safety and sustainability. For example, understanding stress response of crops at the genomic level offers a better understanding of adaptation strategies, while biomarker-informed breeding programs provides the strategy for delivering the appropriate traits to the right regions in support of a healthy ecosystem. Similarly, employing genomic tools in livestock production allows producers to select for animals that are more productive, require less resources, and produce less GHG emissions. Novel genomics-based diagnostic techniques are being developed and deployed for rapid responses to food safety concerns while also improving traceability, thereby increasing consumer confidence in the industry.

The application process for this competition has three steps: Registration, Letter of Intent, and Proposal.
If you are interested in applying you will need these documents to get you started:

Timelines for the competition:
  • Competition launch -  April 3, 2018
  • Registrations due - May 8, 2018
  • Letter of Intent due - June 4, 2018
  • Invitation of selected Letters of Intent for proposal development - June 18, 2018
  • Proposals due - July 31, 2018
  • Notification of Award to the applicants - September 14, 2018
  • Deadline for Projects to have met all award conditions - November 30, 2018
  • Start date for projects - January 2, 2019

If you would like more information please contact Nial Kerrigan at Genome Alberta.