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Alberta Innovates launches Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program


The world’s population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion people by 2050, adding pressure on already limited natural resources and increasing demand for food and sustainable materials. To help address this, Alberta Innovates is launching a new program called the Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program (ABIP). ABIP’s continuous intake approach will provide researchers and technology developers access to funding for eligible projects all year round, with no deadline to apply.

Ten million dollars over three years will support projects that develop and advance technologies that increase productivity, enhance competitiveness, boost the value of agriculture and forestry commodities, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The program will invest in innovative solutions that will be used by the agriculture and forestry sectors for broad deployment in Alberta, Canada and beyond. Strategic focus areas include data and digital solutions; autonomous systems; agricultural biotechnology; food processing innovation; biofibre utilization; value-added biomass; and green construction.

“Developing and implementing technology to grow the agri-food and bioindustrial sectors is crucial for Alberta. From genetic yield improvement to automation and biofibres, these technologies will be important steps toward addressing global food security and demand for sustainable materials. Alberta Innovates is proud to introduce this new program and once again support innovative solutions to challenges faced not just in our province, but worldwide,” said John Zhou, chief cleantech officer and vice president, clean resources.

ABIP will support projects that:

  • Sustain, grow and optimize productivity and reduce the cost of production of Alberta’s agri-food and bioindustrial industries.
  • Add value to enhanced and new commodities in the agri-food and bioindustrial sectors.
  • Increase environmental sustainability and social benefits for Albertans.

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