Call for Letters of Intent: Swine Innovation Porc - Swine Cluster 3 (2023-2028)


Swine Innovation Porc (SIP)


Swine Cluster 4


Swine Innovation Porc (SIP) is a national, not-for-profit organization made up of nine members, including the Canadian Pork Council and eight provincial pork producer associations. SIP’s mission is to provide national leadership in research, development and knowledge transfer to enhance the competitiveness of the Canadian swine sector. Their main objectives are to:

  • Determine national research priorities.
  • Develop multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary R&D programs.
  • Act as coordinator for the research community and industry partners.
  • Deliver timely and effective knowledge transfer programs.
  • Encourage the development of highly qualified personnel and research skills.
  • Leverage producer dollars.

Their current national research program Swine Cluster 3: Innovating for a Stronger Pork Sector, was designed to accelerate the pace of innovation, drive sustainable growth and strengthen competitiveness and maximize resilience of the swine sector. 

SIP supports the renewal of another Canadian Agri-Science Clusters Initiative, as part of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada’s next policy framework. In the anticipation of another potential round of funding, SIP is currently putting together a five-year Swine Cluster 4 research and knowledge transfer program, starting in 2023. Please see the Call for Letters of Intent Guidelines for more information. 

Funding Availability

Maximum project budget for a 5-year term: $2 million.

  • Equipment purchase: Maximum of $5,000 per piece of equipment.
  • Maximum overhead fees: 15% of the total budget.

Matching funds

If approved for funding, SIP will provide up to 70% of the project budget, and a minimum of 30% of the total project budget is requested to come from industry/other partners. Eligible funding partners may include:

  • Industry associations and networks, not-for-profit organizations.
  • For-profit business enterprises.
  • All government (except Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), up to a maximum of 15% of overall budget.

Please note that in-kind contributions from industry/other partners are eligible but must not exceed 10% of the total budget.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

  • Project start date: April 1, 2023 (or later).
  • Project completion date: December 31, 2027 (or earlier).
  • All activities should be completed and funds spent by December 31, 2027.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


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

External Deadline

Completed LOI forms should be sent to

How to Apply

This is a two stage application process:
1/ Letter of intent – please complete all sections. This form may be found at: Completed forms should be sent to deadline to submit is February 21, 2022 at 4 pm EST. Please note no OR-5 is required at LOI stage. 
2/ Full proposal- Those invited to submit a full proposal must submit the proposal, along with an OR-5 to the Office of Research one week in advance of the sponsor's deadline.  Anticipated final decisions on accepted projects is expected in Spring 2023.

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

For more information regarding this call for LOIs, please contact Marie Vachon by email at or by phone at (418) 650-4317.

Office of Research

Devon Staaf, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office

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