Project Funding

CAAIN doesn't provide grants. Our process is to reimburse up to 40% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $3 million for any one team. We do not respond to unsolicited requests for financial support, regardless of how good the concept might be. We reimburse only those applicants who successfully respond to one of our funding calls.

When you respond to a CAAIN funding call, all the information you'll need will be included in the relevant program guide. You can also click here to review the Guidelines for Eligible and Ineligible Costs for Ultimate Recipients.

SME stands for "small and medium-sized enterprise," which for our purposes we define as any company with fewer than 500 employees.

Part of our mandate is to grow the Canadian agri-food industry. To do so, we must support projects that will generate skilled private-sector employment, which, in turn, depends on the success of small businesses that are the backbone of our nation's economy. Hence our requirement for the active involvement of at least two SMEs. That said, there's nothing saying major corporations, academic institutions, and research organisations can't get in on the action. In fact, we encourage such collaboration.

CAAIN reimburses up to 40% of eligible costs incurred by projects that have been approved through one of our funding calls. At the moment we do not accept unsolicited requests for financial support. But stay tuned to this site, and if things change, we'll provide an update. Better yet, become a member and be the first to know.