Grower-funded agronomic research
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. Projects are selected for funding by canola growers.
Additional funds for selected projects are provided by the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) and other occasional funding partners.
Since 1985, CARP has supported canola agronomic research focused on increasing yield and profitability, reducing production risk and enhancing sustainability with effective technology transfer. Results are integrated into information tools such as the Canola Research Hub, Canola Digest, Canola Watch, the Canola Encyclopedia and extension presentations.
Five new canola research projects focused on developing and evaluating disease resistance, abiotic stress resilience and integrated pest management received funding under the Canola Agronomic Research Program (CARP) in 2023. Learn more about the projects on the Canola Research Hub.
Letters of Intent (LOI) submissions for 2024 CARP are now closed.
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How projects are selected
CARP will consider research in the disciplines of agronomy, genetics and germplasm development, prioritizing those research areas that have been identified through consultation with expert steering groups, the canola value chain and insights from the annual Canola Week.
CARP proposals are reviewed by the research committees of Alberta Canola, SaskCanola, Manitoba Canola Growers and Western Grains Research Foundation, with additional agronomic input and support from the Canola Council of Canada’s crop production and innovation team and other experts in the canola industry. Prior to submitting an LOI or Full Proposal, it is strongly encouraged that applicants read this article on Treatment Lists. Collaboration among organizations and partnership with other funding agencies is welcomed.
To learn about the most important areas of focus for project submissions, please see the research priorities of:
WGRF may participate in funding of projects selected by the grower organizations that align with their research priorities.
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Principal Investigators of a CARP project must complete the following reports on behalf of their research team and submit to Ellen McNabb:
CARP annual report (.doc template)
CARP final project report (.doc template)
CARP final abstract report (.doc template; to be completed and submitted with the final report)