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The Chronic Wasting Disease Research Program funds collaborative research related to understanding and managing Chronic Wasting Disease, a prion disease affecting elk and deer.
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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a prion disease caused by misfolded proteins in the brain that can affect elk, deer, and other cervids. CWD can be transmitted both by contact and through the environment in soil, water, and in plants. Its spread represents a threat to agricultural production and to animal health.
The Chronic Wasting Disease Research Program is designed to support collaborative research directly related to understanding and managing CWD. Our funding aims to help researchers find solutions to slow and prevent the spread of CWD.
The program will:
Information that emerges through the program has potential value for all levels of government and could inform the development of public policies regarding CWD. Findings can also support progress in understanding other types of prion diseases affecting other animals, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle. In order to maximize impact, projects which address more than one of the program areas are strongly encouraged.
Funding of up to $250,000 per project will be available with a total CWD Program offering of $1 million.
CWDR Program Guide
The program is open to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), industry organizations, research and development organizations, post-secondary institutions, and government research laboratories.
Research projects must be carried out by at least two investigators. Teams will select a nominated Principal Investigator (PI), who must be based in Alberta, to submit the application. Projects must also be supported by a cash contribution from another funder equaling at least 25 per cent of the amount from Alberta Innovates.
Successful applicants will receive awarded funds through their organization.
Does this program sound like a good fit? We accept applications in two phases: initial intake and then the full proposal. The intake form is intended to make sure you’re eligible for the program before a full proposal is submitted.
Please refer to the program guide for full details before you get started.
Following evaluation, applicants will be notified as to whether their application has been approved for support. Questions about the online application system can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-210-5229. Any program related questions should be addressed to Ron Clarkson at email@example.com or 780-429-9349.
View the webinar and accompanying slide deck linked below for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.
All applications are reviewed and evaluated to determine fit with program objectives and intended outcomes. Alberta Innovates staff and external expert reviewers evaluate submitted applications based on the criteria described on page 9 of the Program Guide.
Senior Manager, Agri-Food Innovation
Applications for the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Research Program are now open! The CWD Program funds collaborative research related to understanding and managing CWD, a prion disease affecting elk and deer.
Registration closed: August 14, 2023
Submit your registration by completing an intake form by August 14, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. MDT. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the intake form deadline of their suitability to submit a full proposal.
Full proposals are due by September 25, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. MDT. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their application in advance of this deadline.
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