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AgriScience Program – Clusters | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


The AAFC funding for a Cluster (combined contribution funding and collaborative research assistance) will not exceed $15 million and will be no less than $5 million over 5 years (combined Vote 1 and Vote 10).


The AgriScience Program, under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), aims to accelerate innovation by providing funding and support for pre-commercial science activities and research that benefits the agriculture and agri-food sector and Canadians.

The program has 2 components:

  • Clusters Component — supports projects intended to mobilize industry, government and academia through partnerships, and address priority national themes and horizontal issues
  • Projects Component — supports a single project or a smaller set of projects that would be less comprehensive than a Cluster.

Eligible Applicants

You must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible.

  • You are a not-for-profit organization (an organization that operate solely for social welfare, civic or collective improvement, pleasure or recreation, or any other purpose except profit)
  • You consent to share a summary of your proposal with other federal departments and other provincial and territorial governments
  • You are a legal entity capable of entering into legal binding agreements

Eligible Expenses

Eligible areas of research:

The areas of research identified below are subject to specific AAFC guidance.

  • Health claims and human clinical trials
  • Variety development
  • Pest and disease surveillance
  • Indigenous knowledge and science priorities

Deadline Date

  Closed. The program ends March 31, 2023.
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