Introduction

The 2022 Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) Competition for the Smart Farms Program has been developed to extend the convergence of agriculture, equipment manufacturing and technology into real-world application. Smart farms provide a physical platform to showcase the integration and application of new technologies in agriculture.

The goal of this funding call is to support research and development to accelerate the adoption of automation and robotics in Canada’s agriculture sector.

With support from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), CAAIN is dedicating $5 Million to projects that:

  • Test and validate new agricultural technologies in Canada under operational conditions
  • Demonstrate applications of technology to local producers, consultants, vendors, investors, etc.
  • Educate and train the skilled workforce needed to use, maintain and extend the technologies

Application Process

Smart Farm Program applicants must complete a three-stage application process:

  1. Project Registration Form (PRF): Outlines the criteria and eligibility requirements, providing applicants and their project partners a clear understanding of the competition’s parameters.
  2. Expression of Interest (EOI): Provides a more detailed description of the project and includes a simplified financial workbook.
  3. Full Project Proposal (FPP): Provides a detailed project description, full financial workbook and relevant supporting documentation.

Note that submissions at the EOI and FPP stages of the competition are by invitation only; no unsolicited EOIs or FPPs will be accepted.

Application Timeline

Program opens June 2, 2022
PRF due OPEN
Invitation to submit EOI     2 weeks after submission of PRF
EOI due OPEN
Invitation to submit FPP Quarterly (March, June, September, December)
FPP due 8 weeks after FPP invitation
Notice of decision 8-10 weeks after submission

To Apply

Download and review the Program Guide.

Download, fill out, and submit the Project Registration Form.