CAP: Plant Health: Applied Research, Pilot Projects and Demonstrations

Purpose of Project Category:

Projects will focus on testing and demonstrating new plant health practices, technologies and solutions at a scale that enables conclusions to be drawn regarding their technical feasibility, applicability and economic viability. Projects therefore establish an essential link between research and the market. This project category is meant to incentivize practical innovation to build solutions to plant health issues encountered by the industry. Through knowledge and technology transfer and translation, these projects advance understanding of the industry at large. 

Target Audience – Who should apply?

  • Producer/processor organizations and collaborations of partners across the value chain with a focus on testing and demonstrating practical solutions in support of plant health priorities

Eligible Projects

Projects must address pest and disease management practices and/or address resistance management practices. Projects can encompass one or more of the following and must include a demonstrated knowledge translation and transfer plan:

  • Applied research
  • Testing of new technologies
  • Validation studies/proof of concept
  • Pilot projects
  • Demonstration projects

Examples of projects

  • Validating alternative chemical and non-chemical pest control options
  • Conducting pest risk assessments (e.g., Predicting Invasive Insects/Diseases/Weeds)
  • Developing and/or validating predictive tools (e.g. Growing Degree Day)
  • Developing and/or validating best practices for emergency management, resistance management, biosecurity

Project Category Priorities

Projects that are highly valued include those:

  • That focus on new emerging pests or emerging crops
  • That involve small or emerging agriculture sector organizations
  • That address a specific new market opportunity or mitigate risks that require additional data or validation prior to implementation
  • With impact and benefits beyond their specific commodity
  • That involve more than one commodity or sector
  • That promote sustainable practices in agriculture
  • That address pest and disease management practices
  • That address resistance management practices

Funding Available

  • Up to 50 per cent cost-share funding of total eligible costs
  • Requests for funding above 50 per cent must clearly demonstrate how project addresses the Innovation Rating Criteria and Project Category Priorities in order to be considered for up to 75 per cent funding of total eligible costs

Project Length

  • Projects approved from December 2018 onwards, to finish by December 1, 2020
  • Where strong rationale is provided, to support critical components of projects approved from December 2018 onwards, project end dates may be extended to December 1, 2021 and final claims, final reports and project results surveys must be submitted to AAC no later than January 3, 2022

Eligible Costs

  • Costs directly related to the activities noted below that are also consistent with Section F  
  • Costs associated with specialist staff (e.g., entomologists) providing services to support the completion of project activities
  • Requests for higher capital costs reimbursement will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Eligible Activities

  • Activities that are consistent with Section H
  • Disseminating best practices, outcomes and learnings derived from pilot projects, validation studies and demonstrations.
  • Investigating methods, processes or applications to mitigate plant pests and pest related risks
  • Demonstrating market benefits, risk mitigation or enhanced competitiveness as a direct result of project implementation
  • Enhanced efficiencies and new technologies to capture and share data related to traceability
  • Supporting plant health, or related public health, pest management and biosecurity monitoring systems, and that demonstrate benefit to the sector or society at large

Ineligible Costs

See a list of general ineligible costs in Section G

Ineligible Activities

  • See a list of general ineligible activities in Section H
  • Activities not related to improving plant health or public health
  • Piloting and demonstrating solutions or systems that are not in alignment with existing codes of practice