Request for Proposals in Lentil Aphanomyces Resistance Development
March 08, 2021
One of SPG’s long-term (to 2030) R&D goals is the mitigation of root rot in lentils, which will be achieved through a multifaceted approach that includes genetic resistance to Aphanomyces and other root pathogens.
Background and Overview: Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) is the producer organization representing registered growers of pulse crops in Saskatchewan. Our Vision is for Saskatchewan pulse growers to nourish the world with profitable pulse production. The Mission of SPG is to provide leadership and create opportunities for profitable growth for Saskatchewan pulses.
Investment into pulse research, development, and breeding has provided Saskatchewan growers with new opportunities to increase their productivity and profitability. Research and development (R&D) is a key pillar of SPG’s overall strategy and levy dollar investment. Our recently refreshed pulse R&D strategy is focused on delivering solutions to growers’ biggest production barriers.
Goal of RFP: To provide financial contributions to R&D projects towards increasing genetic resistance in lentil to Aphanomyces euteiches, thereby contributing to increased profitability and sustainability of the Saskatchewan pulse industry, and the Canadian pulse industry as a whole.
Both public research and research with commercial potential are encouraged.
Project Proposal Requirements:
In addition to the requirements in the SPG Project Application Form, applicants must adhere to the following:
- Applicant eligibility: Researchers in universities, as well as in federal and provincial research institutions are eligible to apply for funding. Companies that are conducting research that will benefit the Saskatchewan pulse industry are also eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to undertake proposed research.
- Collaborative research: Collaboration among various scientific disciplines is encouraged. Applicants are also encouraged to leverage financial contributions from other sources, including federal and provincial governments, and industry.
- Application deadline: The deadline for submission of research proposals is May 31, 2021. Applicants must complete the attached SPG Project Application Form. If the project involves industrial partner(s), a Letter of Support from the partner(s) must accompany the application.
- Application evaluation criteria: Project proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Benefits to Saskatchewan pulse industry - 25 points
- Technology transfer and communications plan - 15 points
- Capability of researcher(s), institute and collaborators - 15 points
- Rationale for research and literature review - 20 points
- Research plan - 15 points
- Budget & ability to leverage other funders - 10 points
- Notification of Applicants: Applicants will be informed of the funding decision on or before July 31, 2021
- Collaborative Funding Agreement: Successful applicants will be asked to enter into a contract with Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. The Collaborative Funding Agreement contains the terms and conditions of the research project and must be signed by August 31, 2021.
- No guarantee of funding: Applicants must note that submission of the research proposal does not guarantee funding approval. Saskatchewan Pulse Growers reserves the right to fund proposals as determined by the evaluation criteria outlined and subject to available funding.
- Contact information: All correspondence pertaining to the RFP must be directed to:
- Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
- Attn: Allison Fletcher, Research Project Manager
- 207 – 116 Research Dr., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 3R3
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (306) 668- 0591
- Fax: (306) 668-5557
Download the application form here.