Advancing Canada’s Livestock Producers & Primary Processors

The 2022/23 Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) competition for the Livestock Innovation Program has been developed to foster technological advances in livestock production and primary processing. The goal of this program is to support research and development to enhance efficiency in livestock agriculture and includes the adoption of automation such as implementation of robotics and automation, data-based decision making, and validation of new technologies through smart farms. The competition is categorized into three broad topic areas:

  1. Animal production and efficiency
  2. Animal food safety and quality
  3. Sustainable production

Specific projects may include but are not limited to research and/or innovations in:

  • Environmental sustainability (ESG, GHG emissions, carbon capture and storage)
  • Genomics/ bioinformatics/artificial intelligence
  • Production efficiency
  • Traceability
  • Transportation
  • Animal welfare
  • Food safety and quality
  • Animal Health
  • Primary processing of meat
  • Meat science and cold chain management
  • Feed and forage research related to animal production

Animal species eligible for this competition include bovine (beef and dairy cattle, bison), porcine, poultry, ovine, caprine, bees and alternate livestock species (elk, deer, moose), and production of their primary products. Secondary food products, packaging, sensory science and aquaculture, are not eligible project topics for this competition.

With support from Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED), CAAIN is dedicating $5 Million to projects in this livestock call.

Application Stages

The application process for this call involves 3 stages:

  1. Project Application Form (PAF): 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.

Click here to download the complete Program Guide.

Application Timeline

Program launch Nov 1, 2022
PAF due Jan 3, 2023
Invitation to submit EOI Jan 16, 2023
EOI due Feb 13, 2023
Invitation to submit FPP Mar 27, 2023
FPP due May 23, 2023
Notice of Decision July 2023