Financial Assistance

Ag Action Manitoba Program

Research and Innovation

Update: Letter of Intent (LOI) March 2019 Intake

List of Projects Approved to Date 


The Ag Action Manitoba Program provides grant funding for researcher and 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
  • capacity building (equipment investment greater than $10,000)

Within each stream, applicants may apply under one of the five focus areas:

  1. Agri-Resource Management - research that helps to increase knowledge and leads to new technologies and practices that mitigate environmental risk associated with agricultural activities including:
    • climate change mitigation and adaptation
    • efficiencies in water management
    • improvements to water quality
    • land management to conserve and build soil health; and
    • land management to enhance biodiversity
  2. Economic and Market Analysis - Research that mitigates risk for the agriculture, agri-food and agri-product sector and aids in market development by advancing knowledge in risk mitigation, market intelligence, industry benchmarking, economic impact, labour markets and consumer behaviour.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  3. Grain Innovation and Crop Production - innovation in Manitoba’s grain sector (cereals, oilseeds, pulses and special crops), and crop sector (forages, potato, special crops, and vegetable/fruit), including:
    • crop breeding, production and handling technologies and practices to increase productivity and reduce production risk
    • grain and crop utilization innovations that increase the value and expand demand for Manitoba grain and crops
  4. Livestock Production - research activities that lead to innovation in growing Manitoba’s livestock sector, including:
    • technologies, practices and systems that increase productivity and reduce risk for livestock producers and the livestock sector
    • innovations that increase public trust in the livestock industry; and market value and demand for Manitoba’s livestock and livestock products
  5. Processing and Value Added - Primary research projects that contribute to the advancement of the food and agri-product processing sector related to:
    • through the development of by-products, co-products, and utilization of waste products
    • the development of new and innovative products that are superior to competitor products, will challenge or eliminate products that are imported; and
    • the improvement of existing processes or the development of new processes that lead to improved productivity, new product features, or cost savings for the applicant


Eligible applicants include:

  • Farmers
  • Agri-processors
  • Industry Organizations
  • Researchers and Industry Service Providers

Applicants do not need to reside in Manitoba, as long as the activities related to the application occur 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. In-kind contributions may not exceed 50 per cent of the applicant's share.

Refer to the Ag Action Manitoba Program - Research and Innovation Guidebook for more information on eligible and ineligible costs.


  • When there is a call for applications, the Research and Innovation activity will require applicants to submit a letter of intent (LOI) to Manitoba Agriculture for review.
  • Manitoba Agriculture will advise the industry on calls for LOI through our newsletter, website and social media channels, and through limited advertising.
  • Review the Ag Action Manitoba Program - Research and Innovation Guidebook before you complete your application form to ensure you meet all requirements for eligibility. On the application you will be required to state that you have read, understand and agree to abide by all the requirements set out in the guide.
  • The LOI must be submitted to the program administrator no later than the deadline and can be
    emailed to Manitoba Agriculture.
  • Once the LOI has been assessed for technical merit and program requirements, eligible applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
  • Co-applicant information will be required for all projects where more than one individuals or businesses 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. The contribution agreement will specify communication activities that are approved to proceed and also, the applicant’s obligations with respect to those communication activities.

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?


  • Check this website regularly for updates.  Deadline date reminders are stated in our monthly newsletter.


  • Email the program administrator or call 1-844-769-6224



Applications will be reviewed and assessed according to the following criteria (as applicable):

  • scientific merit and originality
  • research approach and methodology
  • communication plan and knowledge transfer
  • potential impact of project on sector
  • capability on research team
  • financial and delivery risk

Preference will be given to applications for basic and applied research.


Application Decision Notification

  • All applicants will receive a funding 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.    


  • The contribution agreement will detail program funding requirements, including the payment process, the budget, performance and financial reporting requirements.
  • To request a payment during the project, please use the Interim Report Form.
  • To submit a final report please use the Final Report Form.
  • Itemized receipts or other acceptable proof of payments can be sent to: Manitoba Agriculture, Ag Actions Manitoba Program Administrator, 810 Phillips Street, Portage la Prairie, MB  R1N 4A4