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AgriRisk Initiatives (ARI): Microgrants – Grant Funding


Must not exceed $25,000 per fiscal year in non-repayable grant funding (to a maximum of three years of funding).


Microgrants are available for academic research proposals that explore the development or improvement of alternative risk management tools and/or practices. The research needs to be relevant to the Canadian agriculture sector and be transferable beyond the applicant, resulting in a public good or benefit.

Note: AgriRisk Initiative (ARI) is a five-year program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership that supports the development of new risk management tools. It is divided into three program components:

  • ARI Research and Development (R&D) stream – contribution funding
  • ARI Microgrants – grant funding
  • ARI Administrative Capacity Building (ACB) stream

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are academic institutions with proposals led by an academic researcher with the capacity to undertake the research. Eligible applicants must be legal entities capable of entering into legally binding agreements.

Graduate students as well as domestic and international researchers may apply, through their academic institution with the support of their thesis advisor and/or department head.

All applicants, including researchers outside Canada, must clearly demonstrate how their proposal is relevant and will benefit the Canadian agricultural sector.

Eligible Expenses

Eligible project costs can include: overhead costs, researcher salaries, student stipends, travel, contracted services, and other direct project costs (such as consumable materials, translation costs, marketing costs, costs related to the dissemination of project results, etc.).

Project costs will only be eligible from the date a project is approved. Payments will only be made once a grant funding agreement is signed.

Deadline Date

  Continuous basis until program funds have been allocated. The program ends March 31, 2023.
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