Funding and support for Alberta’s bioeconomy
The bioeconomy holds significant economic potential for Alberta, a province with abundant biomass, advanced infrastructure and highly qualified personnel. The Alberta Bio Future (ABF) program is our flagship program to advance bioindustrial innovation and the bioeconomy.
The bioindustrial sector is also at the leading edge of clean technology. As such, ABF is focused on increasing sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint by promoting use of Alberta’s renewable resources.
We primarily focus on projects that add value to biomass in agriculture and forestry, and create new and improved bioindustrial products and bioindustrial technologies. Food, feed and pharma products are not included in this program.
How the program works
The purpose is to increase the value derived from our province’s rich, renewable biomass resource and grow a competitive, sustainable and profitable bioproducts industry (materials, chemicals and energy).
This program is also designed to encourage and support collaborations and partnerships between industry, the academic community, government ministries and other funding agencies.
The Alberta Bio Future program is currently closed to new applications.
Projects are ongoing in these ABF sub-programs:
- Alberta Bio Future, Opportunities
- Alberta Bio Future, Lignin Pursuit
- Alberta Bio Future, Biomaterials Pursuit
- Lignin Challenge 1.0
- CNC Challenge 2.0
- CNC Challenge 3.0
- Alberta Bio Future, Research and Innovation
- Alberta Bio Future, Product and Technology Commercialization
- Alberta Bio Future, Equipment Utilization
Who is Alberta Bio Future open to?
- Researchers based in Alberta, and researchers elsewhere conducting bioindustrial projects with a benefit to Alberta.
- Operating companies or industry groups based in Alberta.
Project work must be carried out primarily in Alberta, and completed by Dec. 31, 2020.
When applying for Alberta Bio Future funding, go to the online application system.
Refer to the resources below when applying for funding.
Prospective applicants must be familiar with program documentation prior to applying:
- Alberta Bio Future sample letter of intent template
- Alberta Bio Future sample full-proposal template
- General Instructions for using the online funding application system.
Alberta Forest Products Roadmap
Representatives from Alberta forestry companies met with Government of Alberta officials in 2010 to chart a course for the future of the sector. The Alberta Forest Products Roadmap is the result of that consultation.
Alberta Innovates led development of recommendations to advance Alberta’s bioeconomy, in collaboration with stakeholders in government, academia and industry. The focus was on the non-food, non-pharma bioindustrial sector. Released in May 2013, strategies arising from the BioE Initiative report may lead to new approaches to investments and alignment of resources in those areas of the bioeconomy with the highest potential.
BioEconomy Alberta is an informal network of representatives from the innovation system, government, academia and industry. The BioE team supports the development of Alberta’s bioindustrial sector by providing technical and business knowledge to new and expanding bio ventures. Led by Alberta Innovates, the team promotes the sector inside and outside the province.