Canadian Agri-Science Cluster for Horticulture 4

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is actively preparing for the opportunity to establish a fourth Canadian AgriScience Cluster for Horticulture under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) next agricultural policy framework for 2023-2028. AgriScience Clusters are intended to mobilize industry, government and academia through partnerships, and address priority themes and horizontal issues that are national in scope.

In recent months, the Canadian Potato Council provincial member organizations have consulted with industry members to update the National Research and Innovation Strategy (pdf) 2023-2028 for potatoes. Included in the Strategy are the industry Research and Innovation Priorities, 2023-2028 (pdf).

At this time, we are seeking Expressions of Interest from Canadian researchers who would like the opportunity to participate in the Canadian AgriScience Cluster for Horticulture 4 addressing the above Research and Innovation priority areas (including but not limited to) for the horticulture industry.

Note: the EOI Form is available in English only, however we will accept forms completed in French.

Please complete the Expressions of Interest Form and return it to CHC by end of business February 28, 2022, via email to: cluster4prep@hortcouncil.ca with the subject line: COMMODITY – EOI – YOUR NAME

All Expressions of Interest will be reviewed by the Canadian Potato Council Research Working Group in March 2022. Activities selected to move forward to the Request for Proposal stage will be contacted in late March-early April.

It is important to note that funding will be pending AAFC’s announcement of the next AgriScienceCluster program, expected in late 2022. There is no guarantee of funding at this point.

In the interests of improved coordination, collaboration and funding efficiency, CHC reserves the right to share LOIs with other research funders and/or Clusters.

Please feel free to share this information to other interested researchers and industry contacts.

If you require any assistance in preparing your EOI or have any questions regarding the Cluster application process, please do not hesitate to contact:
Amy Argentino, Manager, Projects and Programs
aargentino@hortcouncil.ca