Amount: $10,000,000 per year
The Agri Innovation program makes two types of investments: those that focus on R&D activities that bring innovation to the sector and those targeted at helping the industry bring the results of the R&D to market through adoption and commercialization. This is a five-year program which ends on March 31st 2018. All projects must be completed by this time. The program is divided into two streams: Industry-led Research and Development Stream (may receive non-repayable contribution of up to $5,000,000) and Enabling Commercialization and Adoptive Stream (may receive repayable contribution of up to $10,000,000).
Eligibility Criteria: Agri Innovation (AgriInnovation)
- Small to medium-sized Canadian for-profit companies involved in producing primary agricultural commodities
Eligible Costs: Agri Innovation (AgriInnovation)
- Pre-commercial demonstration – projects involving the demonstration of an agri-innovation for which all necessary testing and piloting has been completed and the innovation is within 24 months of market or commercial operation; and
- Commercialization – projects in which agri-innovations will be introduced to the market at the successful completion of the projects.
- Adoption – projects involving the adoption of innovative agricultural, agri-food or agri-based products, technologies, processes or services where recent innovations are adopted and adapted into recipients operations.
- Create an executive summary of the project
- Complete a detailed workplan (by activity)
- Submit required documents including copies of organization’s certificates or articles of incorporation as well as financial statements
- Submit letters of acknowledgement from potential research organizations and contributors
- Submit copies of quotes provided by contractors, completed template for project outcomes, financing plan and benefits etc.
Example of the Projects Approved by Agri Innovation (AgriInnovation) Program:
A&L Biologicals Inc. – Role of microorganism communities in corn productivity. Development of Terminal Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (TRFLP) technology as a quick, inexpensive and reliable diagnostic test for soil and plant health with farmers and agribusiness as target customers. The goal is to relate specific changes in microorganism communities to yield responses by examining the microbiota of corn plants at diverse sites across Canada. AgriInnovation Commitment: $1,190,000
BioAmber Sarnia Inc. — Production of BioBased succinic acid employing yeast at a new plant in Sarnia. BioAmber’s project involves the construction of a 30,000 metric ton nameplate capacity facility in Sarnia, Ontario to produce bio-succinic acid using a yeast fermentation process. BioAmber has developed a proprietary process to manufacture bio-succinic acid from corn sugar. Bio-succinic acid is a platform chemical that can be used in a broad range of markets, from high value niche applications such as personal care products and food additives, to large volume applications such as plasticizers, resins and coatings. The project represents a joint venture with Mitsui, a large Japanese company.
AgriInnovation Commitment: $10,000,000. Source.