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Manitoba research funding agency boosts cap

The Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council (MRAC) has revised its funding guidelines to allow eligible applicants to access a maximum $300,000, up from $200,000, in federal ag innovation funds.

MRAC, which administers funding in Manitoba for the federal Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) program, said in a release that some projects may qualify for additional MRAC funding of up to 85 per cent (up from 50 per cent) of cash costs for projects “with broad industry influence.”

The new guidelines take effect immediately and apply to all project proposals submitted by the current MRAC project intake deadline: this Saturday, Sept. 15.

MRAC’s last intake round saw 10 projects approved for $806,756 in funding.

“Applicants are looking at larger projects than in the past,” said MRAC chair Linda MacNair in a release, adding that the new guidelines will encourage “higher levels of ag innovation” in Manitoba.

ACAAF, launched in April 2004, pledged $240 million to innovation in the ag sector over five years.

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