Call for Letters of Intent: Swine Innovation Porc - Swine Cluster 3 (2018- 2023)


Swine Innovation Porc (SIP)


Swine Cluster 3

For More Information

Background on SIP, Swine Cluster 3 and details about this call for Letters of Intent can be found on the Swine Innovation Porc website.


  1. Swine Cluster 3 - Guidelines for LOI
  2. LOI Form
  3. LOI Budget Summary Form


Swine Innovation Porc (SIP) is a national organization that consists of nine members, including the Canadian Pork Council and eight provincial pork organizations. The main goal of SIP is to be recognized as the ‘go to’ organization in Canada that facilitates swine-related research and knowledge transfer initiatives. SIP supports the renewal of another Canadian Agri-Science Clusters Initiative, part of AAFC’s next agricultural policy framework. In the anticipation of another potential round of funding, SIP is currently putting together the five-year Swine Cluster 3 research program covering the period of 2018-2023.

This call for LOIs will allow the research community to submit innovative and integrated projects that will be relevant and beneficial to the competitiveness, profitability and sustainability of the pork industry. In this regard, projects in any field are encouraged. However, preference will be given to LOIs that fall within research priorities identified by Swine Innovation Porc.

The Swine Cluster 3 research program will be based on projects that:

  • Support innovation, increase productivity and reduce production costs in swine herds
  • Enhance efficiencies in the pork value chain
  • Improve pig health and control diseases by implementing new approaches and strategies
  • Develop quality attributes of fresh pork
  • Promote the development of highly qualified people through funded research projects
  • Promote multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaborative efforts that significantly impact the success of Canada's swine industry.

Maximum Project Value

Maximum research project budget for a five-year term - $2 million

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Two to five years


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Please note that the letters of intent must be submitted to the sponsor no later than January 20, 2017 at 11:00pm Pacific time. This coverts to January 21, 2017 at 1:59am Eastern Time.

How to Apply

This is a two stage application process:

  1. Letters of intent (LOI). Researchers must complete and submit the LOI  no later than January 20, 2017 at 11:00 p.m. Pacific Time (or January 21, 2017 at 1:59 a.m. Eastern Time) in accordance with the sponsors submission instructions. Researchers are not required to submit their LOI to the Office of Research for approval before submission to the sponsor. Researchers are asked to send a copy of their proposal to the Office of Research for information purposes only (no OR-5 required at the LOI stage). Researchers will be notified by the sponsor by March 2017 if they have been invited to submit a full proposal.
  2. Full Proposal.  Those invited to submit a full proposal must submit the proposal, along with an OR-5 to the Office of Research two weeks in advance of the sponsor's deadline.  The sponsors tentative deadline for submission of full detailed proposals is May 2017.

Information For Co-applicants

If you are part of an application or team that has been invited to submit a full proposal but are not the lead, please contact the Office of Research as soon as possible.

For Questions, please contact

Swine Innovation Porc
Marie Vachon

Office of Research

Angela Vuk, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x55026

Meghan Grimes, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x54807

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