Program Changes in Response to COVID-19

Protein Industries Canada has made the following available to any technology project that incurs eligible project expenses between now and March 31, 2021. We are hopeful that these changes will help our project consortiums navigate the current situation and ensure that research and innovation continue.

  • Protein Industries Canada’s contribution towards eligible project salary and wage expenses will increase to 75 per cent, for the fiscal year April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
  • Advance Model: Protein Industries Canada will provide monthly or quarterly advances of Protein Industries Canada’s expected portion of eligible project expenses based on cash flow projections of projects. This means that projects will be able to receive Protein Industries Canada’s portion prior to incurring the expense.
  • Companies may choose to defer payment of the four per cent Project Administration Fees. Projects will still be invoiced for Project Administration Fees throughout the year, but the payment due date will be the earlier of the project end date or March 31, 2021.

Turning An Idea Into A Project

Protein Industries Canada will co-invest in collaborative consortia that leverage strengths, address gaps and incent innovation across the value chain. Chosen projects will align to the four priority areas (create, grow, make and sell) and will demonstrate impact up or down the value stream.

The Supercluster’s contribution, both in magnitude and in proportion, to an approved project, will be determined by how, and the extent to which, project outcomes are aligned with its program areas and ISI themes, and the potential for transformation.

Projects can be both solicited and unsolicited. There may be instances when PIC issues a specific call for projects to fill an identified gap; however, members are encouraged to put forth projects at any time that are aligned with and contribute to the objectives of advancing the processing of plant protein.

Protein Industries Canada staff are available to support project consortia throughout the project proposal development process.

The project application process is made up of two parts:

  1. The Expression of Interest (EOI)
  2. The Project Proposal

Before you start, read through the Program Guide. This outlines the eligibility requirements and information on the scoring of EOIs and Project Proposals.

Once you have reviewed these, give us a call to discuss your project, any support you may require and together we will work through the Expression of Interest process.

Expression of Interest

Once you have reviewed the Project Eligibility Requirements, you can complete the EOI. Each project should only have one application and consortia members must work together. The EOI template is a maximum of 10 pages.

Protein Industries Canada Staff are available to provide support and assist in the development of the EOI as necessary. The EOI is an iterative process and PIC Staff are available to provide review and feedback consortia prior to submission. Once the EOI is finalized, it is submitted through the member portal.

Project Proposal

Once an EOI has been approved, it moves to a full Project Proposal. Successful applicants will be notified by email and will be invited to attend a kick-off meeting held via conference call. Project Proposal development will be collaborative between Consortia Members and PIC Staff, and PIC will monitor progress regularly.

The Project Proposal may be submitted via the member portal. Projects will be evaluated as they are submitted.

Proposals will be prepared using the provided Word and Excel templates. The Word template will not exceed 40 pages. Both parts of the application must be completed for a project to be evaluated. The proposal will provide information in greater detail than for the EOI.

Eligible Projects

PIC will co-invest in collaborative consortia that leverage strengths, address gaps and incent innovation across the value chain.

Chosen projects will align to PIC’s four priority areas (create, grow, make and sell) and will demonstrate impact up or down the value stream.

PIC’s contribution, both in magnitude and in proportion, to an approved project will be determined by how, and the extent to which, project outcomes are aligned with its program areas and ISI themes, and the potential for transformation.

Eligibility Requirements

For a project to be considered eligible for investment, it must:

  • Be submitted by a consortium of at minimum two (2) PIC members, at least one of which is a Small or Medium Enterprise (SME) as defined by Statistics Canada as a business with 499 or fewer employees and less than $50 million in gross revenues;
  • A consortium may include academic or research institution(s). This is not mandatory, but is encouraged;
  • Two industry members are minimum for a consortium, but more are encouraged;
  • Each member of the consortium must contribute to the project in a meaningful way;
  • At least two members of the consortium must contribute financially to the project. PIC will reimburse up to 50 per cent of eligible approved project costs.
    • It will be up to the consortium members to determine the amount and nature of their respective contributions.
      The contribution of each consortium member does not need to be equal.
  • At least two partners must be Canadian companies or multi-national corporations who are legally entitled to do business in Canada with a significant Canadian business operation. Non-Canadian entities can participate in consortium, based on approval by Protein Industries Canada.
  • The project must be aligned with the objectives of Protein Industries Canada and the Innovation Supercluster Initiative.
  • All Projects are required to pay a project administration fee to PIC. This fee will be four per cent of the total eligible reconciled project cost.
  • The initiative must be incremental to the regular business of the participating organizations, meaning that the project:
    • Is not approved nor in progress and that financial commitments to it are distinct from investments that would have
      otherwise occurred;
    • Would not be possible without the participation of consortium partners; and
    • Is new or would not be undertaken at the same scope or scale without the co-investment provided by the Supercluster.

The Eligible Project Selection Committee

The Eligible Project Selection Committee includes four independent industry experts plus Protein Industries Canada CEO and Chief Technology Officer. The Eligible Project Selection Committee evaluates and makes the final decision regarding co-investment into a project. The Eligible Project Selection Committee may approve the project, deny a project, approve with conditions or requests for further information, or approve only a portion or specific aspect of the project.

At no time prior to, during, or following a project evaluation, may a member of a consortium attempt to influence or have a conversation about their project with any member of the Eligible Project Selection Committee. Doing so may result in the project being disqualified. All members are expected to comply with the Code of Member Conduct and the Eligible Project Selection Committee-Applicant Interaction Policy.

Independent Industry Experts

Woody Galloway

Experienced commodity marketing and supply chain management professional who adds add-value to companies, organizations, and associations. Woody thrives on developing innovative solutions to business/industry challenges and is a strategic thinker with a passion for team building and success.

Experience includes Director of Oilseed Processing and Director of Supply Chain for Bunge Canada.

Woody has served on several industry boards including the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange, Canola Council of Canada, Canadian Oilseed Processors Association, Animal Nutrition Association of Canada, and the Freight Management Association of Canada.

Dr. Linda Malcolmson

Food Industry Consultant bringing 20 years of diverse industry experience and 30 plus years of research and development expertise. Former Director of Special Crops, Oilseeds and Pulses at the Canadian International Grains Institute and former professor in Foods and Nutrition at the University of Manitoba.

Stephen Morgan Jones PhD

Dr. Morgan Jones has been University Professor and Government Scientist. He has a strong publication record and is well respected by industry. As a senior manager in the Federal Government, he managed more than $100M/yr of federal research investment in the Western Canadian Prairie Research Centres and was a key member of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s management team for the selection of Growing Forward innovation projects (Industry driven clusters and innovation projects). He has extensive experience in the development and selection of large crop research projects through his work with producer groups. More recently he has completed large project review work in crops and livestock for Genome Prairie, Genome Alberta and the National Research Council. He is currently a member of the Alberta Agriculture and Food Technical Review Committee that recommends crop and livestock project approval and served a three-year term on the National Science and Engineering Council Strategic Project Review Committee.

Mark Roe

Senior Operations Executive and Director with over 35 years of experience in the Food Industry/Agribusiness. Mark has extensive experience in strategic/operational planning, project development, approval and execution. He has served on a number of Industry Boards. Since 2017, he has been providing strategic advice, operational management expertise and engineering support to the food industry and agribusiness organizations looking to grow and achieve operational excellence.

Project Evaluation

All Project Proposals will be evaluated within 10 weeks of being received and assessed as complete.

PIC will work to review the projects as quickly as possible within the evaluation process, taking the time necessary to complete our due diligence.

More details on the evaluation process can be found in the Program Guide.