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Food, Farming, and Forestry Challenge

$40 million for innovation sourced from TIER fund: Apply by August 27, 2020

Today, the Government of Alberta's Minister of Environment and Parks, Jason Nixon, announced ERA's $40 million Food, Farming, and Forestry Challenge. This funding opportunity will accelerate innovation in support of long-term competitiveness and stimulate growth in the critically important agriculture, agri-food, and forestry sectors. It provides near-term capital to innovators, while also identifying opportunities and solutions for longer term economic recovery, investment attraction, and job creation. 

The $40 million Food, Farming, and Forestry Challenge will assist farmers, ranchers, industry, and innovators as they work to ensure sustainable food and fibre supplies and navigate the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Innovation will lead to lower production and processing costs for food and fibre, leverage nature-based solutions to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, and more.

ERA will fund up to $5 million per project. Funding is being sourced from the carbon price paid by Large Final Emitters (LFE’s) in Alberta through the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund

Apply by August 27, 2020


Register today for the Food, Farming, and Forestry Challenge informational webinar

Want to learn more about our latest funding opportunity? Steve MacDonald, ERA’s CEO, and Mark Summers, ERA’s Executive Director of Technology and Innovation, will host an informational webinar on Monday, June 29 at 1 p.m. (MT). They will provide an overview of the funding opportunity, including scope and eligibility of the call, the submission process, and timelines for decisions. Participants will also have the chance to ask specific questions to help prepare an application.

Register today

Contact Name: 
Stacey Leavitt
Grant Amount: 
$5 million per project
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Internal Deadline: 
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: