Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) has announced that it is seeking research project proposals for consideration as part of the BioProducts AgSci Cluster under the next Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) policy framework (2018-2023).
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), a nationally focused not-for-profit organisation based in Sarnia, Ontario has announced that it is seeking research project proposals for consideration as part of the BioProducts AgSci Cluster under the next Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) policy framework (2018-2023).
The BioProducts AgSci Cluster is a nationally focused science and technology commercialisation cluster under AAFC as part of their Agriscience policy framework initiative. The goal of the BioProducts AgSci Cluster is to create unique and growing opportunities for Canadian farmers and the agriculture sector.
BIC envisions the projects within the Cluster as being defined by the following themes:
- Bioproducts processing
- New support for transformative industries
- Environmental focus and/or combatting climate change
- Support for existing agricultural commodities
Examples of project focus that fit the criteria include the following sub-areas:
- Biofuels & Bioenergy
- Biochemicals & Co-products
- Biomaterials & Biocomposites (incl. Biochar and bio-based soil amendments)
- Supply to Bioproducts (e.g. feedstocks, logistics)
As a requirement, projects are to have collaboration with an industry or other partner, with an anticipated 30- 40 percent of funding to be provided by these partners. For proposals that do not currently have a collaboration partner, BIC will leverage its network to connect interested parties.
The deadline for project proposals is 31 March 2017. Submitted to BIC, the proposal should consist of a 2-page project synopsis, including summaries of technical details, market and commercialisation potential, estimated timeline to market, a 5-year projection of annual funding required, and identification of collaborative support (if any).