Call for Proposals


The Alberta Land Institute invites interested researchers to submit a proposal for our following research initiatives:  

1) Sustainable Agriculture: Soil Health

(a) A maximum of $75,000 for a one-year period. The expected date of completion is July 2023. (Funding for continuation of the research may be available in subsequent years depending on the potential policy implications and the proposed approach).

(b) A maximum of $150,000 for up to two-years. The research will be funded in partnership with RDAR (Results Driven Agricultural Research). For more information on RDAR, see (All applications in this stream are subject to pre-approval).

​​2) Open Category

A maximum of $50,000 for one-year projects. (Funding for further research may be available in subsequent years depending on the potential policy implications and the proposed approach).  

All prospective applicants are encouraged to contact ALI’s research director, Eran Kaplinsky  to discuss their proposal before submitting a formal application.



ALI is seeking proposals for research that can assist decision-makers in enhancing stewardship efforts, ​​increasing understanding of social and economic barriers to improving soil health, and improving environmental and policy outcomes for soil health. Key gaps that need to be addressed include soil health information and education, regulation and policy, and funding and incentives.

ALI is particularly interested in proposals focused on exploring the linkages between agricultural practices, policies, and soil health. Proposals taking an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approach are welcome. 


Proposals will be considered in the Institute’s other areas of study:

  • Land Use, Resilience, Environmental Risk

ALI is seeking proposals for research that can assist decisionmakers to minimize and mitigate environmental risk and promote more resilient settlement and land use policy in Alberta. ALI is particularly interested in a better understanding of: the environmental risks, their patterns in Alberta, and the potential responses to such risks; the regulatory framework and the policy and economic incentives which affect public and private land use decisions; and the dissemination of relevant information within government and to the public.                

  • Ecosystem Service Markets

The Institute will consider new research proposals focusing on ecosystem service markets and market-based instruments for conservation.

Key documents:

Applicants (i.e., Principal Investigators) must be eligible to apply for Tri-Agency funding (i.e. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) through their academic institution.  

The DEADLINE for receipt of applications is APRIL 29, 2022.  Applications can be forwarded to  The entire application, including the application form, personal data forms and any supplementary material, should be provided as a single PDF file. We expect that successful applicants will be notified by MAY 20, 2022.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Alberta Land Institute at / 780.492.3469 


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