Farm Adaptation Innovator Program
The Farm Adaptation Innovator Program (FAIP) delivers funding for farm-level, applied research projects that help producers adapt to the impacts of climate change, such as hotter and drier summers and increasing and shifting pest populations.
Research takes place on diverse farm sites throughout the province to study issues faced by farmers in BC agriculture sectors, including berry, cattle, forage, dairy, tree fruit, vegetable and wine grape.
The projects bring together researchers, farmers, industry associations, educational institutions, technical experts and others to address climate change issues by:
- demonstrating and evaluating innovative practices on working farms;
- developing informational resources, such as fact sheets and workbooks; and
- sharing knowledge through workshops, field days and other activities.
Projects run from two to four years to allow methods to be tested over multiple growing seasons and under a variety of weather conditions.
Active & Past Projects
$1.4 million has been invested across 10 active projects running from spring 2019 to January 2023.
From 2014-2018, $1.75 million was invested in 15 past projects that included 60 partners and over 80 individual producer co-operators.
How FAIP is Funded
Funding for FAIP projects is provided in part by the governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, and is administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC and the BC Agricultural Research & Development Corporation.
FAIP projects also have other co-funders and in-kind partners, identified in each project’s detailed description.
How FAIP Works
FAIP prioritizes multi-year field research projects that include effectiveness monitoring and a knowledge transfer plan. It also strives to ensure a diversity of projects, serving multiple regions and sectors of the province, are selected in each round of funding.
The application process includes the following steps:
- Applicants submit expressions of interest that briefly summarize their project concept, its relevance to climate change adaptation and the capacity of the project team.
- Applicants without a complete project team are connected with industry, academic or other experts to ensure they can better develop their idea and execute the project.
- A committee composed of both government and industry representatives reviews the expressions of interest and invites a small number of applicants to submit full applications.
- The committee evaluates the full applications and selects which projects will receive funding based on:
- the project’s potential to respond to climate change impacts identified as industry priorities;
- the rigour of the research design;
- the project team’s ability to effectively share results with producers; and
- the capacity of the project team.
FAIP funding has been fully allocated for the period of 2018–2023.