Call for letters of intent: Western Grains - Canadian National Wheat Cluster 2018-2023


Western Grains Research Foundation


Canadian National Wheat Cluster 2018-2023

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Letter of Intent Guidelines and Template Form

Background on the Canadian National Wheat Cluster 2018 - 2023 and details about this call for Letters of Intent (LOI) can be found on the Western Grains Research Foundation website.


Funding organizations from across Canada are participating in the development of a Canadian National Wheat Cluster for submission to the next federal Agriculture Policy Framework (APF), the successor to the current Growing Forward 2 programming. The current National Wheat Improvement Program (NWIP), funded by many of these organizations and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Growing Forward 2 AgriInnovation Program, is a $25.2 million five-year investment into wheat improvement that ends in March 2018. The funding partners wish to build on this successful venture for the next APF and are initiating a Request for Letter of Interest (LOI). The next APF is expected to be accepting funding applications by the summer 2017 and to be fully launched by April 1, 2018.

The Funding Organizations supporting this Request for LOIs include the Alberta Wheat Commission, the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (whose members include Grain Farmers of Ontario, Producteurs de grains du Québec, Atlantic Grains Council, and SeCan Association), Ducks Unlimited, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Saskatchewan Winter Cereals Development Commission, Western Grains Research Foundation and Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc.

The Funding Organizations have met to discuss the research issues of greatest importance to producers. The eligible research areas defined below are intended to provide researchers with the scope of research that is of interest for the Canadian National Wheat Cluster.


Eligible researchers include those in universities, not-for-profit research institutions, and federal and provincial research organizations.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Research funding may be secured for up to five years from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2023.


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

External Deadline

Please note letters of intent must be submitted to the sponsor no later than December 15, 2016. 

LOIs are not required to be submitted to the Office of Research. Applicants invited to submit a full proposal must contact the Office of Research, as a full proposal along with a signed OR-5 will be required before the full application can be submitted to the Sponsor.

How to Apply

The process will be carried out in two stages:

  1. Letter of interest
  1. Full proposal
    Those invited to submit a full proposal must submit their full proposal to the Office of Research two weeks in advance of the sponsor's deadline, along with a signed OR-5.

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

Western Grains Research Foundation
Gina Feist, Research Program Manager (WGRF)
(306) 975-0201

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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