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.