Science, Research
and Innovation

Research and Innovation

The Research and Innovation Program supports the development of science-based solutions and tools that address known challenges, prepare for potential disruptions and climate threats, and capture emerging opportunities in the agriculture and agri-food sector. The Program provides funding to eligible applicants for basic and applied research and capacity building projects that advance the growth and sustainability of the sector by fast-tracking the pace of innovation. This can include the development of new technologies and practices, new products, and the advancement of knowledge.

There are two funding streams available for research and innovation financial assistance:

  • Basic and Applied Research: includes basic discovery research that seeks to expand knowledge and projects that attempt to find practical solutions for specific problems.
  • Capacity Building: includes only the purchase of research equipment ($10,000 or greater) and equipment specific training to help build research and innovation capacity in Manitoba.

Intake Information

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Eligible Applicants

The Research and Innovation program is open to:

  • Agri-processors
  • Indigenous Government/Indigenous individuals, businesses, communities, and organizations, other Indigenous groups undertaking agricultural initiatives
  • Industry Organizations
  • Primary Producers
  • Research Institutions
  • Service Providers

All applicants who identify as a researcher (including academic institutions) or a Government of Canada department or agency will be required to identify at least one non-researcher, non-government co-applicant to be eligible for funding. In that case, the co-applicant must be either a primary producer, an agri-processor, an industry organization or a service provider (non-research).

Eligible Expenses

The following expenses are eligible for funding:

  • Provincial Sales Tax (PST)
  • incremental salaries, wages and benefits
  • subcontracted services
  • professional fees
  • knowledge transfer
  • facility and equipment rentals
  • materials and supplies
  • travel expenses (related to knowledge transfer and project activities which occur in North America)
  • overhead costs up to ten per cent of total approved expenses
  • purchase of research equipment ($10,000 or greater) and equipment specific training

Please refer to the program guide for more details on eligible and ineligible expenses.

Focus Areas

When applying for funding, applicants are encouraged to focus on one of the following areas:

  • Agri-Resource Management
  • Economic and Market Analysis
  • Grain Innovation and Crop Production
  • Livestock Production
  • Processing and Value-Added

Project Timeline

Up to three years.

Cost Share Funding

The R&I program projects are cost shared between government and the applicant. The cost share ratio varies depending on the funding stream, total project cost and if the project results in Intellectual Property (IP) or requests confidential results.

Funding Stream Project Cost IP or Confidential Results Cost Share
Basic and Applied Research The first $100,000 No 70:30
Yes 50:50
Over $100,000 No 60:40
Yes 50:50
Capacity Building Unlimited N/A 50:50

Please refer to the Program Guide for more details.

Application Process

Funding requests for this program are part of a two-stage review process:

Stage 1: Completion of a Letter of Intent.

Stage 2: Once the LOI review process is complete, applicants with eligible projects will be invited to submit a full proposal through the completion of an Application Worksheet (to be provided through the follow up invitation process).

Additional Information and Documents

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Terms and Conditions Program Guide