Funder’s website

The funder’s website can be found HERE.

Funding Value and Duration

$500,000 to $2,000,000 per year up to 4 years.


This initiative is a joint effort between the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

Contributions from all economic sectors are required to meet the Government of Canada’s ambitious climate mitigation targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 40–45% below 2005 levels by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050. In the agricultural sector, Canada has made commitments to reduce emissions from fertilizer use to 30% below 2020 levels by 2030 and to support the Global Methane Pledge by reducing global methane emissions to 30% below 2020 levels by 2030.

Agricultural emissions from primary production account for approximately 10% of Canada’s total emissions. Agricultural practices release GHG emissions from biological sources and from the combustion of fossil fuels. Agriculture is also in a unique position to further climate change mitigation by using nature-based solutions that can remove and sequester carbon from the atmosphere.

While some solutions (beneficial management practices and technologies) are available and being developed to help reduce these emissions, improving current production systems will not be enough to meet the long-term ambitious objectives of decarbonizing the economy. In that context, NSERC, SSHRC and AAFC are collaborating to support research to initiate or accelerate the development of transformative innovations, practices, technologies, products, land uses and inputs that will lead to a sustainable, profitable and resilient agriculture and agri-food sector in the uncertain climate and net-zero economy of the future.

Budget 2022 included a commitment for immediate action towards climate mitigation in support of the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: Canada’s Next Steps for Clean Air and a Strong Economy to support farmers as partners in building a clean, prosperous future. This initiative will help reinforce, coordinate and scale up Canada’s domestic research capabilities through partnerships between universities, colleges and organizations from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors.

This initiative will fund multidisciplinary, collaborative networks of researchers to address specific research objectives by initiating or accelerating the development of truly transformative solutions, and by mobilizing expertise, technologies and research in social sciences, natural sciences and engineering and in areas that broaden the traditional network of agriculture research partners. With the objective of amplifying long-term adoption, this funding will support both fundamental and applied research to accelerate the knowledge base for transformative alternative practices, technologies, and their adoptions, as well as to build reliable and consistent measurement tools and performance metrics. To significantly increase the speed at which proven technologies and practices are adopted within the sector, proposals should clearly define a plan for knowledge translation and transfer to the sector.

Grant support from this initiative will range from $500,000 to $2,000,000 per year, for four years. NSERC and SSHRC will provide support for 100% of the eligible costs of research. Although partner organizations do not need to provide cash contributions to participate, they must actively play a role in the research project and support it through in-kind contributions.

Applicants are not only encouraged to propose multidisciplinary research teams but to also collaborate with knowledge users (such as agronomists, producers, smart farms, etc.) to support knowledge mobilization.

Eligibility Criteria

Canadian university researchers from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences or engineering fields, may apply for this funding opportunity. Specifically, eligible Canadian university researchers must apply as part of a team with two or more eligible co-applicants. To be an applicant or co-applicant, you must be working in a research area supported by NSERC or SSHRC and you must meet NSERC’s eligibility requirements at the time of application. College faculty who meet NSERC’s eligibility requirements may participate as co-applicants. Other researchers (e.g., from academia, the public, private or not-for-profit sectors) can participate as collaborators. Refer to the Tri-agency guide on financial administration for more details on the eligibility of expenses you may incur in support of such collaborations. You are limited to one application as the applicant, but you can be a co-applicant or collaborator on more than one application.

NSERC and SSHRC will review all proposals to determine which agency’s research areas they fall under. NSERC will provide funding for research primarily in the natural sciences and engineering fields, while SSHRC will support research primarily in the social sciences and humanities fields. NSERC funding will be provided as an Alliance grant, while SSHRC funding will be provided as a Partnership-type grant.

NSERC and SSHRC encourage the participation of early career researchers (ECRs) as applicants or co-applicants on grant applications. While applications led by ECRs will be assessed using the same evaluation criteria, the merit indicators used for the assessment include provisions for cases where the applicant’s experience in managing projects or mentoring trainees is nascent.

Grants awarded as part of this initiative will support large-scale proposals, and so applicants are encouraged to involve researchers across several universities, colleges and disciplines, and to include multiple partner organizations in their application. To maximize the potential impact, benefits and knowledge mobilization of the research, at least one partner organization is required, however, collaboration with additional partner organizations is encouraged. Even though NSERC and SSHRC will cover 100% of the project’s eligible costs, you must include at least one partner organization (from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors) whose cash contributions would have been recognized for cost sharing (see Alliance grants: Role of partner organizations for more details).

Internal Contacts

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss this funding opportunity with their Faculty Research Facilitator.

VPRI Resource Contact: Kate Swan


English sessions (WebEx):

1) Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern Time (ET)
Click here to join the meeting
Meeting number: 2341 786 5578
Password: SSHRC2023
Join by phone:
1-613-714-9906 Canada Toll (Ottawa)
1-844-426-4405 Canada Toll Free
Access code: 2341 786 5578

French sessions (WebEx):

1) Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET)
Click here to join the meeting
Meeting number: 2339 969 5386
Password: CRSH2023
Join by phone:
1-613-714-9906 Canada Toll (Ottawa)
1-844-426-4405 Canada Toll Free
Access code: 2339 969 5386


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Deadline (Approval Form and Application) May 1, 2023 (LOI)

November 1, 2023 (Application)

Submission to Sponsor May 8, 2023 8:00PM EST (LOI)

November 8, 2023 8:00PM EST (Application)

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
    For a user’s guide on submitting an Approval Form, click HERE.
  • Step 2) Submit an external application to the granting agency
    Submit an external application to the corresponding grant or award agency. To navigate to the funder’s website, click HERE