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 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.

An overview of BC Wine Grape Council Research Funding Guidelines for Short-Term (1-2 Year) Projects is linked below along with the 2017 Research & Development Priority List.

The project review process is as follows:

  Process for review:  

  • All letters of intent must be received                –  November 1, 2016
  • Initial response sent to researchers                  – December 1, 2016
  • Full proposal received for review                       – January 15, 2017
  • Final decision to researchers                            – February 15, 2017
  • Funding begins                                                – April 1, 2017

Letters of Intent are due by November 1, 2016 and should include:

  • Project Name
  • Researcher Name
  • Research Institution Name
  • Key Participants and Funding Partners
  • Abstract
  • Project Background
  • Project Overview
  • Project Timeline
  • Project Budget
  • References

Please contact Kate Durisek, for more information or to submit your LOI.

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