In recent years, the agricultural community has expressed concerns about the status of capacity for crop-related research in Western Canada. Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) has made it a priority to support and impact research capacity through project and program funding as well as a targeted capacity-building initiative.

Phase 1 of this initiative was focused on expanding research capacity through human resources. WGRF has supported the Universities of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in their vision to establish Research Chairs.

WGRF is now initiating Phase 2 of this initiative, a competitive proposal-based process to expand the toolboxes (infrastructure and tangible assets) necessary to accelerate crop research for the benefit of crop producers in Western Canada. The WGRF Board has approved up to $20 million in funding for Phase 2.

The guidelines for this Call for Proposals are available below to assist research organizations in developing proposals. The deadline to submit a proposal to WGRF is midnight, February 7, 2020.

Registration during the early phase of proposal development is strongly encouraged to facilitate ongoing interaction between the applicant organization and WGRF. WGRF staff will assist in identifying any potential eligibility issues for the applicant or the assets proposed.

For more information, please contact:
Pat Flaten, MSc, PAg
Research Program Manager
Western Grains Research Foundation