Call for Poultry Science Cluster Letters of Intent (LOI): Environmental and Climate Change Research Projects

The Science Cluster Program was originally introduced in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Growing Forward Agricultural Policy Framework more than a decade ago.  CPRC is presently administering the third Poultry Science Cluster supported by the national poultry organizations, which established the Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC) more than 20 years ago. AAFC has not confirmed that the Science Cluster Program will be renewed for the Agricultural Policy Framework presently being discussed between AAFC and its provincial government counterparts; however, CPRC expects that there will be a program in the next agreement due to take effect April 1, 2023.


CPRC is issuing a call for research projects covering the following topics:

  • Net Zero Farming
    • For example: basic concepts, strategies, innovation, barn construction, byproduct/end product utilization, benchmarks
  • Alternative/renewable energy sources
    • For example: renewable energy (wind, solar, heat transfer technologies, manure, etc.)
  • Production methods
    • For example: Assess production methods and technologies/equipment to reduce environmental emissions/contaminants, improving decontamination and filtration systems. See below for further details.
  • Manure Management
    • For example: common practices, nitrogen and ammonia management, economic value. See below for further details.
  • Data to improve environment sustainability
    • For example: data capture, economic analysis, predictive analytics, benchmarking, reporting.
  • Feed efficiency
    • For example: novel feed ingredients/supplements/vaccination strategies enhancing efficiency, animal health, growth, nutrient excretion to reduce the impact on the environment and determine if there are influences on bird and manure emissions.
  • Soil management and carbon sequestration
    • For example: improvements to soil management to increase carbon capture.

 More specifically, CRPC members have identified detailed areas of research associated with the topics above. These detailed areas include:

  • Manure Management: In order to create a research focus that is geared to address the Government of Canada’s objectives of reducing emissions from fertilizer use by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, there is an opportunity to improve ways to optimize the use of organic fertilizer (poultry manure) across Canada’s poultry farming sectors. 
    • CPRC seeks research proposals that:
      • Examine the economic value of poultry manure as a resource
      • Contribute to a better understanding of manure composition and fertilizer value:
        • Understanding the differences in the nutrient value a range of poultry settings: sector, stocking density, litter type, feed type, geographical location, etc.
        • Carbon and nitrogen dynamics in different ecological poultry-growing zones in Canada
        • How feed nutrient management influences manure composition and its emissions into the atmosphere.
      •  Assess the environmental performance (and economic value) of Canada’s existing poultry manure management practices
      • Identify manure management practices and technologies having the greatest emission reduction potential and scalability. (e.g. precision agriculture methods) and can lead to an overall reduced dependency on chemical fertilizers
      • Assist in credibly measuring changes in environmental performance over time

 Poultry Barn Air Inlet Protection Systems:

  • The Government of Canada’s objectives for research topics in this current Science Cluster include enhancing the resiliency of farming systems in the face of Climate change.  Global migratory bird behavior and range are reported to be impacted by Climate Change. In Canada, birds have been found to be migrating earlier in Spring and some are delaying their departure in Fall. This change in migratory patterns may be placing the Canadian poultry sector at increased risk of avian influenza virus transmission, which in turn can negatively impact poultry health and welfare, and the poultry farming sector resiliency as a whole.
  •   In recent months, Canadian commercial poultry farms have experienced widespread incursions of highly pathogenic avian influenza through infected waterfowl populations migrating northward. Scientifically based barn biosecurity practices are well established and embedded into on-farm programs. These practices are proven to protect the health of poultry populations and, in this case, to reduce the likelihood of introducing contaminated feces from waterfowl into a barn setting. One domain of biosecurity that has not been addressed though current mitigation measures is the potential role of air in distributing the avian influenza virus though poultry barn ventilation inlets. At this time, sufficient scientific evidence exists to support a role for contaminated fecal dust derived though air intakes as a potential source of infection to poultry.
    • Consequently, CPRC is seeking research proposals for:
      • The design and assessment of novel filtration/decontamination systems for air inlets of commercial poultry barns
      • Attention should be given to the following attributes in the design:
        • Effective for a range of particulate matter sizes
        • Effective for decontamination claims (with regulatory approval)
        • Sector-adapted to various barn types (chicken, turkey, table egg and broiler breeder barns)
        • Seasonally adaptable system for biannual migrations.
        • Durable under Canadian temperature and weather conditions
        • Affordable to Canadian farmers


Details of the cluster call, application instructions and description of review process are available here.

The LOI application is available here.

Please submit your completed LOI in Word format to by 5:00 pm EST June 24, 2022. You will receive an email notification of receipt with two days of submitting your application. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact us.