The purpose of the BC Wine Grape Council is to coordinate and facilitate research on viticulture and enology to broadly benefit the BC wine grape industry and to represent growers on a variety of agriculture related issues.
We facilitate research by leveraging funding provided by Federal and Provincial programs on behalf of our industry members. Programs that we are actively engaged in include those supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) such as Growing Foward 2, the Agri-Innovation Program, and the AAFC Industry-led R&D Stream
Research priorities are reviewed and determined on an annual basis by the R&D Committee. New, short-term (1-2 year), projects are reviewed each November by the R&D Project Review Committe, a sub-set of the R&D Committee comprised exculsively of Industry Members. Funding comes available for these projects in April. Projects may or may not leverage additional funding through organizations such as NSERC, MITACS, and the Investment Agriculture Foundation.
Multi-year projects faciliated under AAFC or similar programs are typically reviewed every 5 years and are coordinated through research institutions including the University of British Columbia and Summerland Research & Development Centre.
2017/2018 Annual Funding Update, October 15, 2017
The BC Wine Grape Council Research & Development Project Review Committee, comprised of a broad spectrum of industry members, has decided that it will not be opening a call for annual projects in 2018. Research priorities are being addressed under the upcoming federal funding policy framework and the committee has confirmed its decision to focus funding efforts under those initiatives in order to maximize the contribution amount available to research. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information on this decision.