Financial Assistance

Ag Action Manitoba Program

Research and Innovation



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
  • investment related to capacity building

Within each stream, applicants may be apply under six different focus areas:

  • Grain Innovation - innovation in Manitoba’s grain sector (cereals, oilseeds, pulses and special crops), including:
    • crop breeding, production and handling technologies and practices to increase productivity and reduce production risk
    • grain utilization innovations that increase the value and expand demand for Manitoba
  • Livestock Production - Improved productivity, containment  and solutions to emerging threats and new and improved product attributes in livestock industries.
  • Agri-Resource Management - Climate change resilience through investments in new technologies and practices.
  • Processing and Value Added - Primary research projects that contribute to the advancement of the food and agri-product processing sector through the development of new products, co-stream utilization and improved productivity.
  • 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.
  • Other -  Research and development projects that enhance the growth, competitiveness and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Refer to the Ag Action Manitoba Program Terms and Conditions 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. In-kind contributions may not exceed 50 per cent of the applicant's share.
  • Refer to the Terms and Conditions for more information on eligible and ineligible costs.


  • Check this website regularly for posted deadline dates. Deadline date reminders are stated in our monthly newsletter.
  • The Research and Innovation activity will require applicants to submit a letter of intent (LOI) when
    there is a call for applications, to Manitoba Agriculture for review.
  • Review the Ag Action Manitoba Program Terms and Conditions 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.
  • Once the LOI has been assessed for technical merit and program requirements, eligible applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
  • Manitoba Agriculture will advise the industry on calls for LOI through our newsletter, website and social media channels, and through limited advertising.
  • The LOI must be submitted to the program administrator no later than the deadline and can be
    emailed to Manitoba Agriculture.
  • 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.

Refer to the Ag Action Manitoba Program Terms and Conditions for more information.

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?


  • There are currently no calls for letters of intent.
  • Check this website regularly for updates.


  • Email the program administrator 
  • 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.