Since April 2020, Protein Industries Canada is again accepting Expressions of Interests (EOIs) for technology projects to advance Canada’s value-added processing sector with a focus on plant protein.
This is a continual call, meaning there is no closing date for EOIs to be submitted. Consortium’s may submit projects on a timeline that works for them and their organization. EOIs will be accepted starting April 20, 2020 and will continue to be accepted through to the Fall of 2021. EOIs will be evaluated on a regular basis during the submission period or until the remainder of Protein Industries Canada’s co-investment fund of at least $30 million is committed. Projects will be accepted in all four categories of create, grow, make and sell with no maximum investment amount. It is encouraged that organizations consider projects that strengthen the Canadian supply chain and supports Canadian companies in sourcing more product and co-products domestically while accelerating Canada’s position as an exporter of value-added ingredients and food products. Examples include improving protein quality and quantity, new technologies to track and improve crops, creation of new ingredient and food products, evaluating human nutrition benefits of plant protein products and co-products, and high value uses for co-products.
All projects must be submitted by a consortium consisting of at least two Protein Industries Canada members, one of which must be a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME). Projects must demonstrate collaboration between organizations to leverage strengths, address gaps and incent innovation to accelerate the processing of plant protein products and co-products. Collaborations between the private and public sector are encouraged.
For more information on how to submit an Expression of Interest or to become a member of Protein Industries Canada, click here.