Financial Assistance

Ag Action Manitoba Program

Research and Innovation

The Research and Innovation activity provides grants to eligible applicants for applied research, capacity building and knowledge transfer projects that advance the growth and sustainability of the agriculture industry by fast-tracking the pace of innovation.
Who can apply?
Eligible applicants include: 
  • farmers
  • agri-processors
  • industry organizations
  • industry service providers
  • academic and research institutions
  • diversification centres
  • national research institutions
  • private researchers
  • research stations
When are the application deadlines?
Closed. Applications are not being received at this time.
What do we fund?
Funding streams include short-term basic and applied research and development projects, as well as investment related to research capacity building. The Manitoba Agriculture Research and Innovation Committee (MARIC) provides strategic direction for research priorities, funding recommendations related to research proposals submitted under the Research and Innovation Activity, and supports research extension and communication. The following priority areas are established by MARIC.  
Climate Change Adaptation
Developing disruptive innovation technologies and practices that help producers adapt to climate change. Priorities include:
  • Research to support economic valuation of benefits from Ecological Goods and Services including wetlands, biodiversity, shelterbelts, flood protection, etc., to assist in future policy decision making processes
  • Investigation of farming systems that sequester carbon and fix nitrogen including:
    • Enabling an increased prevalence of annual legume crops (e.g. peas, faba beans, lentils, soybeans) and perennial forages in crop rotations
    • Identification of best management strategies for livestock/crop integration that improve farm productivity and environmental performance
  • Efficient water use to improve resilience to climate change (e.g. drought, excess water) through identification of cost effective, best management strategies for water conservation technologies and energy efficiency
  • Crop diversity to improve cropping system resiliency, including:
    • Improvement of crop adaptation to abiotic and biotic stresses utilizing biotechnology (e.g. genetic manipulation of plants, clusters of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR), molecular markers)
    • Development of crop varieties (e.g. forages, sunflowers, buckwheat, flax, perennial grains) that are adapted to Manitoba’s changing climatic conditions
Environmental Sustainability
Identifying and utilizing food production and processing technologies and practices to improve environmental sustainability including:
  • Co-product utilization; recycling of nutrients (e.g. potato by-products being fed to cattle, phosphorus recycling)
  • Water utilization and efficiency
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation strategies
  • Precision agriculture for sustainable food production
  • Strategies to reduce the environmental footprint of livestock production systems
Food, Diet and Health
Identifying pathways of resource utilization that improve environmental sustainability, human nutrition, policy development and public trust of protein-based food production. Priorities include:
  • Identification and utilization  of high quality sustainable protein sources including:
    • Sustainable increase of protein sources
    • Identification of efficient and sustainable protein extraction technologies
    • Linking sustainable protein for improved health outcomes
  • Identification of personalized nutrition strategies for optimal health and disease prevention utilizing nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, and other technologies.
Sustainable Feed Grains Supply and Utilization
Increasing sustainability of livestock feed production and use. Priorities include:
  • Reduction of the impact of mycotoxins and other anti-nutritional compounds through breeding and production and post-harvest management.
  •  Variety development of barley, corn and forage to enhance feed quality.
  • Co-product utilization for livestock feed.
How much may we fund?
Government support cannot exceed 50 per cent of eligible expenses. There is no funding cap.

Making an Application:


Additional Information:
  • This request is for short-term Basic and Applied Research projects and Capacity Building project activities occurring between January 2022 and December 2022. This is the last call for proposals under the CAP Research and Innovation Activity.
  • Eligible activities under Capacity Building include equipment purchase for research purposes and training staff to utilize new equipment.
  • Information on co-applicants will be required for all projects where more than one individual or business are partnering to submit a joint application.
  • The applicant must provide a communications plan addressing knowledge transfer (meaning the transfer of expertise, learning and skills between parties) at the time of application.
  • Once a decision on the application has been made, the applicant will receive a notification letter on the status of their project.
  • Successful applicants must enter into a contribution agreement with the Manitoba government before any funding is provided. The agreement lists the rights and responsibilities of all parties with respect to government funding.
  • Submitted invoices must be from applicants to be eligible for funding.
  • Interim reports and payment requests may be made using the Interim Report Form.
  • Final reports may be submitted using the Final Report Form and Performance Indicator Report Form.
  • Reports and itemized receipts or other acceptable proof of payments will be required to make a claim.
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