EDMONTON, ALBERTA, July 8, 2021 – Alberta Innovates is pleased to announce a new round of funding is now available under the Smart Agriculture and Food Digitalization and Automation Challenge (SAFDAC).

SAFDAC supports projects that develop or advance smart technologies to increase productivity, reduce production costs or increase the value of Alberta’s agri-food commodities. Qualifying projects will provide solutions to challenges faced by the province’s agri-food sector and that clearly demonstrate social, economic and environmental benefits to Alberta.

Alberta Innovates is making up to $2 million CAD available in total for this round of funding, up to a maximum of $500,000 per project. The program is open to applicants including small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in either the agri-food or technology industries, industry associations, public and private research and development organizations, post-secondary institutions, and not-for-profit organizations.

Please visit our updated program page on the Alberta Innovates website for details and supporting documents.

Eight successful applicants in the first round of SAFDAC funding were announced in May 2021.

Alberta Innovates is the province’s largest and Canada’s first public research and innovation organization. For a century we have worked closely with researchers, companies and entrepreneurs – trailblazers who built the province’s industries and strengthened communities. Today we are pivoting to the next frontier of opportunity in Alberta and worldwide, driven by emerging technologies across sectors. We are a provincial corporation that provides seed funding, business advice, applied research and technical services, along with avenues for partnership and collaboration. Learn how Alberta Innovates.


Dwayne Brunner

Senior Manager, Media & Strategic Community Relations