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Organic Science Cluster III

Call for Letters of Intent

The Organic Federation of Canada in collaboration with Dalhousie University's Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada are pleased to announce the Call for Letters of Intent for research in Organic Science Cluster III (2018-2023).

This Letter of Intent process is being conducted in anticipation that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) next Agricultural Policy Framework will include another Science Cluster Initiative. The organic sector has been consulting with AAFC regarding projected timelines and criteria for the next Science Cluster program. As such, the organic sector is working towards being prepared for the next call.

Please find in the links below:

1.       Letter of Intent Guidelines for Researchers. Please read this document carefully, as it provides details of the application process, priority research areas, and further guidance about what should be included in a Letter of Intent.

2.       Letter of Intent Submission Form. Please use this form for submitting a Letter of Intent, following the noted page limits and instructions.

For the latest updates and details related to Organic Science Cluster III, please see:

Should you have any questions about this Call for Letters of Intent, or other Organic Science Cluster III related questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Margaret Graves - Program Manager, OACC: 902-896-3481,
Nicole Boudreau - Organic Federation of Canada: 514-488-6192,
Andy Hammermeister - Director, OACC: 902-893-8037,

The deadline for submission of Letters of Intent is April 10, 2017.

We invite you to share this Call for Letters of Intent with fellow researchers and colleagues.





Canada's Organic Science Cluster II

With support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Growing Forward 2 (GF2) program and over 65 industry partners, the Organic Science Cluster II spans the country and will continue to strengthen the science behind organic agriculture in Canada.

The Organic Science Cluster II is an industry-supported research and development endeavor initiated by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada at Dalhousie University in collaboration with the Organic Federation of Canada. 

Its outcomes are centered on competitiveness, market growth, adaptability and sustainability. This will be accomplished through science and innovation in the following Themes:

A. Field crops: Optimizing productivity and competitiveness through adaptable systems for field crops

B. Horticultural crops: Advancing the science of vegetable, fruit and novel horticultural crops

C. Crop pests: Innovation in sustainable pest management strategies

D. Livestock: Optimizing animal health and welfare for productivity and quality

E. Value Adding: Adding value to capture markets through innovative processing solutions


Innovation is needed for the organic sector to be competitive and to grow and prosper. Innovation in OSCII will address barriers constraining production, increase efficiency of production by reducing cost, and facilitate the capturing of new opportunities.

Examples of innovation in OSCII include:

  • crop breeding for improved cultivars,
  • reduced tillage systems under organic management,
  • use of biological soil amendments to improve plant health,
  • development of new management products and practices for crop pests (insects, diseases and weeds) in field and storage as well as diseases and parasites of livestock,
  • technological advances in greenhouse and high tunnel production,
  • optimization of the nutritional value of crops,
  • advanced processing techniques to develop value-added products,
  • improved methods of meat preservation,
  • and the use of waste byproducts to enhance productivity.

OSCII will also help producers capture opportunities by supporting the development of emerging and juvenile organic production in Canada responding to market demand including: hops, nutraceuticals, sprouts, ornamental potted plants, and poultry.

For more information, please contact Nicole Boudreau,  for the Organic Federation of Canada or Dr. Andrew Hammermeister, andrew.hammermeister@dal.cafor OACC, Dalhousie University.




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