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ABP and SCA call for research letters of intent

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Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) and the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) are pleased to invite applications of research and development in areas that address targeted industry priorities.

The purpose of this $150,000 targeted call for proposals is to focus on specific priority areas benefiting Alberta and Saskatchewan’s cattle producers.
The targeted priority areas have been established based on producer and expert analysis of significant knowledge and/or technology gaps that require additional research.
Targeted Research Priorities:
• Investigate cost effective and practical technologies or management practices to mitigate the adverse animal health and welfare effects of mycotoxin infected feed.
• Quantify the economic and agronomic benefits of integrated annual crop, forage and beef production systems, including mixtures of conventional and non-conventional annual forages.
Research proposals will be evaluated for their likelihood to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of Alberta and Saskatchewan’s cattle producers over the short and long term, based on five criteria:
• Relevance to the identified research priorities stated above;
• Scientific merit, including statistical power calculations and economic analysis where applicable;
• A clear communication and technology transfer plan to facilitate the uptake of research by the beef industry, and to communicate results to the public and policy makers;
• Potential for impact on profitability, productivity and/or sustainability,
• Inventiveness and originality for one-off projects, or an explicit explanation of how the project fits into a larger research program.
Projects may be between one and three years in duration, with a maximum of $50,000 per project, regardless of project duration, requested from ABP and SCA.
Note that projects submitted to SCAIDF that relate to these targeted priorities will be considered under this call, projects will not be eligible to receive funding from both SCAIDF and this call.
All proposals submitted must follow the guidelines outlined in the Instructions and Guidelines for Submitting a Letter of Intent and Research Proposal document, posted on the ABP website at page/research.
Deadline for submission is June 2.
Questions about the application process can be directed to 403-451-1173.

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