NSERC-SSHRC Sustainable agriculture research initiative

Supporting research to initiate or accelerate the development of solutions that will be required for a sustainable, resilient and profitable agriculture sector in a net-zero economy

How to apply

Each applicant and co-applicant must create an account in NSERC's online system if they do not already have one. All applicants and co-applicants must complete and submit a form 100A, following the relevant instructions to be included in the application. Social sciences and humanities researchers may use research subject code 8000 when indicating their expertise. For more information on this topic, please consult NSERC's frequently asked questions.

Preparatory funding: Preparatory funding request applications will be accepted until May 8, 2023, at 8:00 pm (ET). Only one application for preparatory funding can be submitted per team.


  1. Log in to NSERC's online system and choose Create a new form 101.
  2. Select Research partnerships programs, then Alliance grants.
  3. For the Proposal type field, select Letter of intent.
  4. For the Type of call field, select Preparatory funds for sustainable agriculture from the drop-down menu.

Taking into account the information for preparatory funding as outlined in the Funding section, complete the other required sections of your application. Your request for preparatory funding should include:

  • your summary for public release and ten keywords
  • details on fit to the initiative, and the team, including the names of two or more co-applicants and potential partners (maximum 2 pages)
  • a list of other sources of support and the amounts provided (if applicable)
  • how the funds will be used (budget and budget justification)
  • a form 100A and CCV for the applicant

Full project applications: Full project applications to this funding opportunity will be accepted until November 8, 2023, at 8:00 pm (ET).

You are limited to one application as the applicant, but you can be a co-applicant or collaborator on more than one application. There must be no duplication of funding; each grant must cover distinct expenses.


  1. Log in to NSERC's online system and choose Create a new form 101.
  2. Select Research partnerships programs, then Alliance grants.
  3. For the Proposal type field, select Full proposal.
  4. For the Type of call field, select Sustainable agriculture from the drop-down menu.
  5. Following the instructions for completing an Alliance grant application, fill out the proposal template and complete the other sections of your application. Delete the Public impact value proposition section from the proposal template. It does not apply to the Sustainable agriculture research initiative.
  6. Submit your completed application and supporting documents, including a personal data form with CCV attachment for the applicant and all co-applicants, via NSERC's online system. Your partner organization's contact person will be invited through the online system to provide information about their organization following the Alliance grants partner organization instructions.

NSERC's funding will be provided as an Alliance grant; therefore, Canada's National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships apply to NSERC-funded applications that involve one or more partner organizations from the private sector, including when they participate alongside other partner organizations from the public and/or not-for-profit sectors. These guidelines provide a framework through which researchers, research institutions and Canada's granting agencies can undertake consistent, risk-targeted due diligence to identify and mitigate potential national security risks linked to research partnerships.

No further information is required at the time of application. If your proposal includes substantial content in the natural sciences or engineering fields and includes one or more partner organizations from the private sector, you and your postsecondary institution will be contacted at a later date by NSERC and asked to complete the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships' Risk Assessment Form. Instructions for completing and submitting the form will be provided at that time.

By submitting your application, you and your co-applicants agree to the terms and conditions of applying for applicants. By participating in your application, your partner organizations agree to the terms and conditions of applying for partner organizations. You also agree that any information contained in your proposal will be shared between NSERC and SSHRC and may be shared with AAFC for purposes consistent with the program objectives.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

NSERC and SSHRC are acting on the evidence that achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to advance knowledge and understanding, and to respond to local, national and global challenges. This principle informs the commitments described in the Tri-agency statement on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

You are encouraged to consider sex, gender and diversity in the project's research design. Diversity and gender equity should also be considered when developing the research team and considering how to promote and support a variety of forms of mentoring to ensure students' and postdoctoral fellows' equitable participation and growth. Refer to the Guide for applicants: Considering equity, diversity and inclusion in your application for more information.

What's next?
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Application deadlines
Preparatory funding: May 8, 2023, by 8:00 pm (ET)
Full project funding: November 8, 2023, by 8:00 pm (ET)

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