Canola Agronomic Research Program

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.

View previously funded CARP projects.

2023 CARP

The application period for 2023 CARP letters of intent (LOIs) will be open from June 6th to July 18th, 2022. If you wish to subscribe to our mailing list and receive CARP and research updates, please fill out our mailing form.

Send any 2023 CARP questions to Angela Brackenreed.

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 Discovery Forum. Collaboration with multiple organizations is welcome and encouraged.

For reference, this template was used for LOI submissions for 2022 CARP.

CARP proposals are reviewed by the Alberta Canada, SaskCanola, Manitoba Canola Growers and Western Grains Research Foundation research committees, 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.

To learn about the most important areas of focus for project submissions, please see the research priorities of:

Alberta Canola


Manitoba Canola Growers

Canola Council of Canada

WGRF may participate in funding of projects selected by the grower organizations that align with their research priorities.


To receive notifications about requests for letters of intent and other research-related information, please subscribe to the “Crop Production Research Notifications” email distribution list.


The lead researcher 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)

Funding partners

CARP areas of focus

Increasing yields and profitability

Reducing production risk

Enhancing sustainability