The Agriculture Funding Consortium (AFC) is a voluntary body that has no legal standing and is comprised of a number of organizations, each of which is responsible for establishing its own research and innovation priorities and investment mandate.
The purpose of the AFC is a collaborative one-window approach to coordinate the application, review and funding process for proposed agriculture and food research and innovation projects and stimulate private/public sector participation in Alberta’s agriculture and the food industry
The applicant and the project team may be comprised of qualified researchers from the following types of organizations:
a. Provincial governments and their public agencies;
b. Federal government and federal crown corporations;
c. Non-profit research institutions;
d. Academic institutions, including universities, colleges, and technical schools;
e. Industry associations serving the agriculture, food and beverage industry;
f. Existing or prospective companies and supply chain partners that can increase the value and sales of Alberta products; and/or
g. Other research institutions, firms or enterprises approved by the members of the AFC.
- Personnel – research team: Time for specific activities on the project, prorated at usual annual salary rates, only for investigators not already employed by the institution or the collaborating institution conducting the project.
- Personnel – consultants: Outside consultants justified as essential to the project.
- Administration and Management of Project Finances: Eligibility of “direct” or “indirect” costs will vary with the policy of the AFC
- Travel: Travel to project sites.
- Capital Assets/ Equipment: Purchase cost of equipment directly required for the project up to a maximum of 10-20%* of total project costs.
- Supplies: Cost of supplies directly required for the project.
- Communication, and Knowledge Dissemination (CDL): Audio-visual and other costs to support uptake of results; Costs relating to linkage and exchange such as costs of meetings, teleconferences, etc.; Publishing costs.