Alberta Bio Future
Alberta Bio Future, Lignin Pursuit

Alberta Bio Future (ABF) and its sub-programs focus primarily on projects that add value to biomass in agriculture and forestry, and create new and improved bioindustrial products and bioindustrial technologies.

The Alberta Bio Future, Lignin Pursuit sub-program is intended to serve as a pipeline for the development of applications and opportunities for deployment for lignin.

This program is closed to new applications. Seven proposals were approved and are underway.

About this program

Lignin is an organic polymer that forms the woody cell walls of plants and the cementing material between them. The lignin is removed during the pulping process to produce high-quality bleached pulp. This program is offered in collaboration with integrated forest products company West Fraser, to accelerate development and commercialization of new and improved products that utilize lignin. Each successful applicant will receive up to $300,000 and a quantity of lignin for their project work.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Researchers at Canadian institutions, companies or other organizations.

Project work must start on or after March 1, 2019, and be completed on or before January 1, 2022. Download 2018 ABF Lignin Pursuit Program Guidelines to find out more about eligibility requirements and other important information.

How to apply

This sub-program has a two-stage online application process: Letter of Intent (LOI) and Full Proposal. Letters of Intent will be accepted until December 5, 2018, 4 p.m. MST. Applicants will be contacted within two weeks upon receipt of their LOI. Those who are successful at the LOI stage will move to the second stage, and be invited to submit a Full Proposal. To apply for funding under the ABF Lignin Pursuit sub-program, go to the online application system. These sample forms can be downloaded as a reference to assist you in preparing your application:

These General Instructions for the Research Funding Online Application System are also provided for your reference.

Program Contact Information

Name: Steve Price
Title: Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation
Phone: 780-450-5570

Name: Christine Murray, PhD
Director, Agricultural Technologies

Name: Rebecca Bruce
Bioindustrial Innovation Development Partner