Research funders – What are CARP and CAP?

All research projects are collaborative efforts. From the time and effort of a co-investigator, to the agreement to use field sites in other provinces, to the funder bodies that provide the financial support to pay for the plots, equipment rentals or laboratory analysis, completed research is the result of a network working together successfully.

Agronomic research projects featured on the Canola Research Hub may have multiple funding sources and may have been funded through a variety of funding programs or consortiums. Two programs which have supported many of the completed and ongoing projects hosted on the Hub are the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) and the Canola Agronomic Research Program (CARP).

The Canola Agronomic Research Program (CARP) is funded by the three provincial canola grower organizations – Alberta Canola, SaskCanola and the Manitoba Canola Growers – and administered by the Canola Council of Canada. Additional funds are provided for some CARP projects by the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF).

The focus of CARP is increasing canola yield and profitability, reducing production risk and enhancing sustainability with effective technology transfer, which is apparent by the studies that have been funded through this program. There are projects on improved phosphorus fertilizer management, an ongoing project on canola root morphology, a study on swede midge population dynamics and a clubroot patch management project, amongst many, many more.

Also, as suggested by the name, the five-year investment by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is combined with contributions from industry, including Alberta Canola, SaskCanola, the Manitoba Canola Growers and the Canola Council of Canada to collaborative fund a long list of canola production-related studies. Browse the blackleg, sclerotinia, flea beetles, cabbage seedpod weevil or nitrogen use efficiency projects administered through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in the Hub library today!

If that piques your interest, you may also want to check out this research completed through the Growing Forward program or the more recently completed Growing Forward 2 projects, which include topics such as the environmental footprint of canola, the feasibility of bag storage systems or new threats to Prairie canola production.

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