NSERC-SSHRC Sustainable Agriculture Research Initiative

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). 

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 rnage 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 organization 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. 


Canadian university researchers from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences or engineering fields, may apply for this funding opportunity. Eligible applicants 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. Even though NSERC and SSHRC will cover 100% of the project's eligible costs, you must include at least on partner organization (public, private, not-for-profit) whose cash contributions would have been recognized for cost sharing. 

You are limited to one application as the applicant, but you can be a co-applicant or collaborator on more than one application. Applications for projects less than four years will not be accepted.


Preparatory funding is available to NSERC and SSHRC eligible researchers. Up to $50,000 can be requested to support application related expenses. 

Full application funding will be $500,000 to $2 Million per year for four years. 


Preparatory funding: May 8, 2023 at 5 pm PST 

Full Application: November 8, 2023 at 5pm EST




Please contact ors@sfu.ca for any issues, concerns, or questions regarding this funidng opportunity.

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