Smart Agriculture and Food Digitalization and Automation Challenge – Funded Projects

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The Smart Agriculture and Food Digitalization and Automation Challenge (SAFDAC) supports projects to develop or advance smart technologies to increase productivity, reduce production costs or increase the value of Alberta’s agri-food commodities.

Current Funding

Applications for the last round of SAFDAC funding closed on September 14, 2020. Eight projects were selected to share a combined $3 million in funding from Alberta Innovates.

  • SAFDAC’s 2020-21 round of funding launched in July 2020.
  • We received 49 Expression of Interests requesting a total of $20 million for projects worth $42 million.
  • Of these, 12 applicants were invited to submit a full proposal, and ultimately, eight projects were selected to receive grants between $39,510 and $500,000. Total value of the projects is more than $10.7 million.
  • Projects were selected through Alberta Innovates’ competitive review process.
  • Funding will be distributed on a milestone basis reflecting the progress of each project until completion.

2020-21 Projects

Dr. Edward Bork, University of Alberta
Using emergent technologies to pursue precision ranching of livestock on western rangelands
Alberta Innovates funding: $376,211

Ms. Si Dingani, Provision Analytics Inc.
Practice Manager
Alberta Innovates funding: $500,000

Dr. Godard, Verge Technologies Inc.
An interactive farm operation planning software
Alberta Innovates funding: $500,000

Dr. David Gust, Valo Networks Ltd.
Rural fibre optic broadband network design and self-install drops
Alberta Innovates funding: $39,510

Dr. Amina Hussein, University of Alberta
Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for in-situ soil analysis
Alberta Innovates funding: $498,000

Dr. Graham Plastow, University of Alberta
An analytic app for arm-chair ranching
Alberta Innovates funding: $481,000

Dr. Chandra Singh, Lethbridge College
Development of wireless monitoring and automated aeration control system for storing sugar beets in outdoor piles
Alberta Innovates funding: $236,083

Dr. Brad White, Precision Animal Solutions, LLC.
Development and validation of remote early disease identification (REDI) system for field application in commercial beef feedlot and backgrounding operations
Alberta Innovates funding: $402,490