Alberta Bio Future
The bioeconomy holds significant potential for Alberta, a province with abundant biomass, advanced infrastructure and highly qualified personnel. The Alberta Bio Future (ABF) program is our flagship program to advance the bioeconomy.
ABF is aimed at diversifying the provincial economy and accelerating growth of Alberta’s bioindustrial sector by taking advantage of emerging opportunities.
The bioindustrial sector is also at the leading edge of clean technology. As such, ABF is focused on increasing sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint by promoting use of Alberta’s renewable resources.
Alberta Bio Future (ABF) was launched on March 12, 2015. Its purpose is to expand a competitive, sustainable and profitable bioindustrial sector (materials, chemicals and energy) through an integrated program with a strong industry focus.
ABF provides funding in three strategic priority areas: research and innovation, product and technology commercialization, and equipment utilization.
It focuses primarily on projects that add value to biomass in agriculture and forestry, and create new and improved bioindustrial products and bioindustrial technologies. Food, feed and pharma products are excluded from the ABF program.
This initiative also has been designed to encourage and support collaborations and partnerships – between industry, the academic community, government ministries and other funding agencies.
Alberta Bio Future is the name of the overarching program. It includes eight ongoing sub-programs launched at different times, with projects at various stages. Applications are currently under review in several newer sub-programs.
Available Funding Opportunities
Alberta Bio Future, Opportunities – Open with a continuous intake. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2019.
Closed to new applications
Alberta Bio Future, Lignin Pursuit
Alberta Bio Future, Equipment Utilization
Alberta Bio Future, Biomaterials Pursuit
Lignin Challenge 1.0
CNC Challenge 3.0
CNC Challenge 2.0
Alberta Bio Future, Research and Innovation
Alberta Bio Future, Product and Technology Commercialization