Chronic Wasting Disease Research Program

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The Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Research Program supports collaborative research directly related to understanding and managing CWD, a prion disease that affects deer, elk and other cervids. The Program funds projects to find solutions to the challenges of CWD.

The CWD Research Program will result in a better understanding of the mechanisms of CWD and other protein misfolding diseases, develop innovative approaches that contribute to the diagnosis, prevention, cure, and possible elimination of the disease, and explore opportunities for new tests to be developed in Alberta. Projects could provide information useful to all levels of government for the development of public policies regarding CWD. Proposals that embody expertise and approaches including more than one of the Program theme areas are strongly encouraged.

How the program works

Eligible Applicants

The Program is open to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), industry organizations, research and development organizations, post-secondary institutions and government research laboratories.

CWD Research projects will be carried out by at least two Investigators from at least two different research institutions and/or small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). One Alberta-based Investigator is to be nominated as the Principal Investigator (PI) and will submit the application to the Program as the Applicant Representative.  The nominated PI must be based in Alberta.

Awarded funds will flow through the institution or SME of the nominated PI.


Funding of up to $1 million CAD is available over a two-year period (2022-2024), with a maximum of $250,000 available for individual projects.

CWD Research projects must include a cash contribution from a partner funder, external to the nominated PI’s organization, of at least 25% of the total amount contributed by Alberta Innovates. In-kind contributions are welcome but are not eligible to be counted against the partner’s cash contribution.

Application Process

Applications will be assessed in two phases – a Registration “Intake Form” and the “Full Proposal” submission.  The intent of the Intake Form is to register the project with Alberta Innovates (with a brief explanation of the project) so its eligibility can be reviewed. Applicants will then be asked to submit a full proposal.

Please see the Chronic Wasting Disease Research Program Guide for full program and application details and note the following steps:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the program guide.
  2. View the webinar recording and slide deck.
  3. Ensure you are an eligible applicant. Eligibility is defined in the program guide.
  4. Submit your Registration by completing an Intake Form by Friday, August 12, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. MDT using the Alberta Innovates online grant management system.
  5. All applicants must register by submitting an Intake Form to be eligible to submit a Full Proposal. Full Proposals are due by Friday, September 23, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. MST. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their application in advance of this deadline. Alberta Innovates will not accept partial or incomplete submissions. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  6. Following evaluation, Applicants will be notified whether or not their application is approved for support.
  7. Questions about the online application system can be directed to or 403-210-5229.
  8. Any program related questions should be addressed to Ron Clarkson at or 780-429-9349.

Projects must be completed by December 31, 2024.

Additional Information



View the application webinar below and download the presentation slides for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.