Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program

This program offers funding for technologies, processes and products that strengthen Alberta’s agri-food, forestry and bioindustrial sectors.

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Program at a Glance

Program Status: Active
Strategic Initiative: Agri-Food Innovation
Priority Area(s): Developing technologies to solve challenges facing the agri-food and bioindustrial sectors in Alberta.


Program Status: Active
Alberta-based: No
Organization Type: Academic Institutions & Researchers
Government or Public Entity
Multi-National Enterprise
Post-Secondary Students
Small to Medium Enterprise


With the world’s population projected to approach 10 billion people by 2050, the strain on our limited natural resources intensifies, creating a greater demand for food production. Simultaneously, the agriculture and forestry sectors face vulnerabilities arising from the impacts of climate change, which adversely affect both productivity and sustainability.

Alberta has a significant opportunity to address these global challenges by harnessing the power of technology. The provincial landscape is ideal for agri-food production, including the cultivation of grains, oilseeds, and pulses, as well as livestock farming. Further opportunities exist in value-added processing and a thriving technology sector.

The province is also home to an abundance of sustainable residual fibres, industrial crops, and underused hardwood resources from the forestry sector and as byproducts of the agri-food industry. The bioindustrial sector thrives at this intersection of agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, and construction by providing new opportunities for adding value to otherwise underutilized biofibres.

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.

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.

Open Intakes

Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program - Continuous Intake

Due date: Continuous

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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

How To Apply

Does this program sound like a good fit? We encourage you to reach out to one of our program contacts before beginning your application. We’ll help you assess project scope and alignment with program priorities. Then, to start the application process:

  1. Register on our online application portal, Smart Simple, linked below.
  2. Complete and submit the intake form.

We will invite selected applicants to submit a full proposal. The length of the review process may vary depending on the time of the year.

Please consult the program guide for full application details.

Watch the recorded ABIP Webinar for details on how to apply. Download the ABIP Slide Deck for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Evaluation Process

We review all applications to determine fit with program objectives and intended outcomes. Alberta Innovates staff and external expert reviewers evaluate submitted applications based on criteria described in Appendix B of the program guide.

Virginia Mulligan, PhD

Senior Manager, Agri-Food Innovation

Open and Upcoming Intakes

Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program - Continuous Intake

This program offers funding for technologies, processes and products that strengthen Alberta’s agri-food, forestry and bioindustrial sectors.

Funding History

We have a separate bioindustrial program called 'Building With BioFibre' with active projects until 2024. It is closed to new applications. Legacy funding initiatives have included the Advanced Materials and Chemical Program and the Alberta Bio Future Program (ABF).

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