Financial Assistance

Research and Innovation


Grant funding for industry-led projects that contribute to the development of agricultural knowledge and skills and improve the competitiveness and sustainability of Manitoba’s agriculture, agri-food and agri-product sectors. 

Projects can fall under one of two streams of funding:

  • basic and applied research and development activities
  • research and innovation capacity building

Within each stream applicants can apply under six different focus areas:

  • Grain Innovation - Innovation in Manitoba’s grain sector (cereals, oilseeds, pulse and special crops), including:
    • crop breeding, production and handling technologies and practices to increase productivity and reduce production risk
    • innovations that increase the value and expand demand for Manitoba grain
  • Livestock Innovation - Improved productivity and solutions to emerging threats and new and improved product attributes in livestock industries.
  • Agri-Resource Innovation - New technologies and practices that improve the management of Manitoba’s agri-resources, and that mitigate or adapt to climate change.
  • Processing and Value Added - The advancement of the food and agri-product processing sector through the development of new products, by-product utilization and improved productivity.
  • Economic and Market Analysis - The advancement of knowledge in risk, market intelligence, industry benchmarking, economic impact, and consumer behaviour.
  • Other - Other research and development projects that enhance the growth, competitiveness and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Refer to the Terms and Conditions (PDF 334 KB) for more information.


Eligible applicants include:

  • agri-processors
  • farmers
  • industry organizations
  • researchers and industry service providers

Applicants may be from inside or outside of Manitoba, as long as the activities related to the application happen in Manitoba or have a positive outcome for Manitoba.


  • Total approved costs will be cost-shared 50/50 between the applicant and government.
  • Maximum government contribution is 50 per cent of the total approved costs.
  • Applicant’s contribution can be cash, in-kind contribution or a combination of both. Only 25 per cent of the total approved project cost can be in-kind contribution.

Refer to the Terms and Conditions (PDF 334 KB) for more information.


  • Submit completed applications by email to Manitoba Agriculture.
  • Refer to the Terms and Conditions before you complete and submit your application.
  • Download the application, complete it in full and ensure to attach all required documents.
  • Include the following documents with your application:
    • A letter of support from your funding partners
    • A communication plan explaining how you intend to share the results of your project

Terms and Conditions (PDF 334 KB)

All applications are subject to funding and intake availability.

Questions to Ask Yourself as You Prepare Your Application

  • Have you fully described your proposed project?
  • Did you clearly explain the project's benefits and do they meet the program's intended goals and objectives?
  • Do you have a mechanism to measure the performance of your project?
  • Did you include a communication plan that outlines how you will communicate the project results?
  • Have you considered all expenses associated with the project and have you included them in your proposed project budget?
  • Have you answered all of the questions on the application form?


This program is no longer accepting applications. 


  • Dr. Patti Rothenburger, Research Manager, Manitoba Agriculture, 204-822-2856
  • Dr. Chami Amarasinghe, Research and Development Specialist - Ag Genetics, Manitoba Agriculture, 204-823-2584
  • Dr. Getahun Gizaw, Research and Development Specialist - Livestock, Manitoba Agriculture, 204-823-0744 
  • Ms. Kim Wolfe, Research and Development Specialist - Ag Resource, Manitoba Agriculture, 204-871-4373



All applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • the project description and its alignment with strategic department objectives and goals
  • intended project outcomes
  • financial risk assessment
  • delivery risk assessment
  • client experience and project management
  • performance deliverables 

Application Decision Notification

  • All applicants will receive a decision letter from the program administrator.
  • Successful applicants must enter into a contribution agreement with the Manitoba government. The agreement lists the rights and responsibilities of all parties with respect to government funding, and it must be approved by the program administrator.