The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing up to $65 million in grant funding under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) to support the development of agricultural knowledge and skills and improve the competitiveness and sustainability of Manitoba’s agriculture and agri-food sectors.

“Research and innovation drives the sustainable growth of the agriculture sector, and primary producers, agri-processors and others working in the industry know best how to lead this work,” said Manitoba Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson. “Our government is pleased to support their efforts by ensuring funding is available for the start of the 2024 growing season so that Manitoba remains competitive in Canada’s agriculture sector.”

Manitoba Agriculture’s Research and Innovation program provides project funding opportunities for basic and applied research and/or capacity building that accelerate sustainable growth in the agriculture and agri-food sectors. Funding will be cost-shared between the applicant and government depending on the funding stream and project cost.

Funding is available to a wide range of stakeholders including primary producers, agri-processors, industry organizations, academic institutions and research bodies, industry service providers, and Indigenous governments, communities and groups.

A call for letters of intent under the Research and Innovation program is now open for innovative industry-led research and development and/or capacity building project ideas for funding commencing in spring 2024.

Projects must improve sustainability, resiliency and competitiveness of agriculture and agri-food sectors by accelerating the development and adoption of technologies and products that enhance efficiency and sustainability across the sectors while addressing challenges such as climate change.