Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative

Genome Canada is launching the Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food Systems genomics initiative which is investing $30M in interdisciplinary, collaborative, and cutting-edge genomic research and innovation to reduce the carbon footprint of Canada’s food production systems.

Funding for Interdisciplinary Challenge Teams 

The Interdisciplinary Challenge Team Funding Opportunity is the first of the programs to be launched under the Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative.   Projects should involve multidisciplinary teams including GE3LS researchers, must focus on the use of genomic approaches to develop tools and technologies, and demonstrate significant potential to achieve impact in reduction the footprint of Canada’s food systems.


All applicants must be led by an academic researcher based in British Columbia 

Eligible research themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Increasing production efficiencies to existing food systems while reducing environmental footprints
  • Carbon sequestration (cultivars, soil microbial communities etc.)
  • Sustainability in food production systems e.g., with decreased use of water, fertilizers, and pesticides; improving fish feed
  • Cellular agriculture (e.g., tissue engineering, precision fermentation techniques, etc.)
  • Controlled environment agriculture

See examples of Eligible Research Areas here.

How to apply

The application process comprises three steps: registration, Letter of Intent (LOI) and full application. Both the LOI and full application steps will include an element of portfolio review.

  • Early June 2022 (TBD). Deadline for submitting draft registration to Genome BC. 
  • Early August 2022 (TBD). Deadline for submitting draft Letter of Intent (LOI) to a Genome Centre. 
  • November 2022 (TBD).  Deadline for submitting draft full application to a Genome Centre


Guideline: Climate-Smart Ag and Food Systems Interdisciplinary Challenge Teams Funding Opportunity

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