The Canadian Horticultural Council is currently exploring the opportunity to establish a third Agri-Science Cluster under the federal government’s upcoming agricultural policy framework for 2018-2023.


The purpose of the program is to help industry-led agricultural organizations pull together national scientific and technical resources to establish clusters in support of innovation and research. Projects for the program must focus on the pre-commercialization development of new agri products, practices and processes in Canada that will make agriculture more profitable and competitive.

To date, the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) has undertaken a number of activities to gather input from members, including commodity groups establishing their national research and innovation strategies and priorities in collaboration with their value chain partners.

The CHC is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from research in Canada who would like to participate in the Canadian Agri-Science Cluster for Horticulture 3 in the following areas of priority for the field of vegetable industry:

  1. Optimize Production Practices
  2. Improve Pest and Disease Management Practices
  3. Optimize Post-Harvest and Storage Practices
  4. Plant Breeding, Variety Development and Evaluation
  5. Research on the Health Benefits of Vegetables

Project Duration

Up to five years from April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2023

Helpful Links


CORIS Internal Deadline for Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Checklist Deadline May 19, 2017
Submission to Sponsor May 26, 2017 Return EOI form by the end of business day to Amy Argentino via email at: with the subject line: Vegetable – Expression of Interest

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.

External Contacts

Might you have any further questions about this opportunity, please contact Amy Argentino, Manager of Projects and Programs at the Canadian Horticultural Council.