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Accelerating food innovation in Alberta

July 7, 2015 - Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions has announced a new funding program entitled Accelerating Food Innovation in Alberta – 2015/16 Applied Research and Product Development Program.

The program is designed to provide funding for applied research and product development in the area of food, with a focus on the development of value-added ingredients, food products, and/or beverages that are derived from Alberta crop or livestock commodities.

The program helps to bring together academic researchers with food processors in a unique initiative that supports the development of globally competitive new food innovations for entry into local, national or international markets. The intent of the program is to support Alberta food and beverage producers and processors in their efforts to increase revenues from value-added food production.

The main applicant must be a qualified researcher or a team of researchers within academic institutions and/or provincial or federal research centres. The research must have a strong Alberta connection, with preference given to those projects that are led by an Alberta-based principal investigator. The qualified researcher must also have a company co-applicant that is willing to make a cash contribution of 25 per cent to the total cost of the project and is willing and capable of commercializing the end product.

Researchers are invited to submit a letter of intent (LOI) to the program as the first step in the application process for a non-repayable grant of up to $150,000.

Deadline for submission of the LOI is Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. MT. Late submissions will not be accepted.

To apply, follow the instructions and fill out the "Letter of Intent" form on the on-line application system.