Innovation means the development of promising "new to B.C.” agriculture and agrifood products, practices, processes or technologies that might be adopted or commercialized by the sector.
The Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program is designed to accelerate the pace of agrifood related innovation to enhance the sector's competitiveness, sustainability, productivity and resiliency.
Innovation funding supports projects related to:
- Research and Development: late-stage research projects that develop innovative products, practices, processes and technologies with the potential to move to the pilot or demonstration stage within two years.
- Pilot and Demonstration: projects that focus on testing or demonstrating pre-commercial products, processes, practices or technologies from around the world. Projects should result in market-ready solutions ready for commercialization or adoption by the sector.
- Commercialization and Adoption: projects support activities that reduce the financial and business risks associated with early-stage commercialization and adoption of innovative products, processes, practices and technologies.
Priority for funding will be given to five areas of activity identified to advance innovation and competitiveness in B.C.
- Advancements in plant, animal and food science
- Energy and waste management
- New product development and commercialization
- Improvements in soil, water and air quality
- Climate change adaptation
- B.C. agrifood sector producers and processors
- Industry associations/organizations
- Retail and food service businesses
- Input, technology and support services providers
- Academic institutions and/or other organizations and private sector businesses
- Regional districts and local governments
Applicant organizations must have a head office or be registered to do business in B.C.