Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program (ABIP) 2023-2024



This program is open to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), industry organizations, research and development organizations, post-secondary institutions, and government research laboratories. Applicants don’t need to be based in Alberta, but their project must demonstrate clear benefits for the province. We will prioritize projects taking place in Alberta with long-term positive impacts for the province.

We strongly encourage collaboration. Projects that include formal partnerships will receive additional, favourable consideration. Applicants not based in the province are encouraged to have Alberta-based partners. Applicants are also encouraged to collaborate with Alberta’s post-secondary and research institutions where appropriate.

Focus areas within the scope of this program include:

  • Data and digital solutions
  • Autonomous systems
  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Food processing innovation
  • Biofibre utilization
  • Adding value to biomass
  • Green construction

This program does not fund:

  • Bioenergy, biofuel, and biochar applications
  • Marketing and/or new agri-food product development

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please refer to the program guide


The Agri-food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program aims to support the development of technologies that provide solutions to the challenges faced by the agri-food and bioindustrial sectors in Alberta.

The objectives of the Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program are to:

  • Sustain, grow, and optimize productivity, while reducing the cost of production of Alberta’s agri-food and bioindustrial industries.
  • Add value to enhanced and new commodities in the agri-food and bioindustrial sectors.
  • Increase environmental sustainability and social benefits for Albertans.

The key outcomes (or measurable effects) of the program that will benefit Albertans are:

  • The development and advancement of innovations that will lead to strong agri-food and bioindustrial sectors and a value-added resource industry in Alberta, helping our province become a global leader in environmental, social, and governance performance.
  • Improved economic prosperity and social well-being in Alberta.
  • Mitigation of negative environmental impacts.

Funding Considerations

Successful applications can receive up to $500,000 in funding per project. We will only cover up to 75 per cent of total project costs. The rest (cash or in-kind) must come from the applicant, project partners or other funding agencies. We encourage co-funding with other agencies, with no limits on stacking contributions from other sources.


Agency Name: 
Alberta Innovates
Contact Name: 
Esther Ekpe Adewuyi
Grant Amount: 
Up to $500,000; 3 years
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Sunday, March 31, 2024
Internal Deadline: 
Sunday, March 17, 2024
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: