Research drives the cattle industry forward
The saskatchewan CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT FUND
The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association administers the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association Industry Development Fund (SCAIDF) to be used for research, development and promotion of the beef cattle industry in Saskatchewan. The Research committee, chaired by Michael Spratt and Ryan Beierbach, as well as the Board of Directors, ensure that producer check-off money is spent responsibly on effective projects that enhance the competitiveness of all production sectors of the Saskatchewan beef cattle industry. The Research committee and the Board of Directors adheres to and follows The Cattle Development Plan Regulations, The Agri-Food Act, 2004 and its regulations, and all applicable board orders.
For details on the 2016 SCAIDF research projects, click here.
For details on research proposals funded in 2017, click here.
The next research proposal intake deadline is April 20th, 2018 for both the ABP & SCAIDF Joint Call for Letters of Intent, as well as the SCAIDF Call for Research Proposals
FAQs: Research applications
Where do I send my application?
Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or fax it to 306-585-2334. Feel free to include additional information that may better describe your project outline. If you have questions, we strongly encourage you to call our office at 306-585-2333 and speak with Office Administrator Leann Clifford or Beef Production Specialist Marianne Possberg.
How are research projects chosen?
Research proposals will be evaluated by the Research Committee and staff for their likelihood to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of Saskatchewan’s cattle producers over the short and long term, based on five criteria:
The Research Committee reserves the right to require applicants of larger funding requests to attend a face-to-face meeting. This will be conducted within 1 month of the application deadline.
The Research Committee will provide their recommendation(s) to the SCA’s Board of Directors in advance of these meetings. The Board may request the committee to reconsider any application (this process to happen immediately upon request). Special meeting(s) to review applications could be called by the SCA Board of Directors at any time, if deemed appropriate.
The Research Committee reserves the right to request additional pertinent information from applicants, if needed. They also reserve the right to contact peer reviewers to assess proposals.
What is a reasonable funding request?
Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration. Most successful projects request a maximum of $50,000 per project, regardless of project duration. However, researchers may request more than this amount, provided they have also received funding from other funding groups and can demonstrate the necessity of a larger request for funding.
Any unused monies remaining from a project (completed or otherwise) must be returned to SCAIDF to be used for other applications.
SCAIDF requests for funding after project approval must be made within one calendar year of the terms laid out in the approval. At that point, funds will no longer be available without reapplication to the fund.
are research proposals shared?
The SCA, Alberta Beef Producers, and the Beef Cattle Research Council regularly communicate with other beef research funding bodies. When similar titled proposals are submitted by the same research team to other beef research funders, the SCA, ABP, and BCRC will share proposals and associated peer reviews.
The SCA also reserves the right to share proposal titles and/or content with other interested funding organizations. The purpose of this policy is to improve communication and coordination of research priorities among funders, minimize duplication of effort, and ensure the most strategic and efficient use of beef research funds.
What are the post-funding obligations?
The reporting process is dependent on the project size. One-year projects need to submit a progress report at the six month point of the project followed by a final report. Multiple year applications need to provide a progress report on an annual basis followed by a final report at project completion.
Financial statements for a one-year period are required with each application. The committee may require applicants of multiple year projects to provide more than one year’s financial information.
Final reports must be submitted within three months of project completion.
Researchers are expected to communicate their results with Saskatchewan producers through participation in SCA fact sheets, videos, newsletters, etc.
Should I apply to both the SCA and the Saskatchewan Ag Development Fund?
The SCA also shares research proposals with the Agricultural Development Fund, and views their letters of intent and research proposals as well. However, to be considered for funding from the SCA, please also submit a research proposal to this organization, even if you have already supplied a research proposal or letter of intent to the Agricultural Development Fund, as the SCA’s research proposal requires different information for approval.
RESEARCH PRIORITIES 2018
Priority will be given to research projects with the potential to improve the producer's efficiency, lower the cost of production and to ensure a sustainable beef industry. Projects designed to improve the adoption of technology, enhance government programs, or develop industry programs are also encouraged. Further economic research priorities are noted within other research areas below.
Animal Nutrition and Management
The SCA believes that continued research in animal health, nutrition and management is important from the perspective of animal welfare, beef quality and public safety and producer’s profitability. Priority areas include:
One of the greatest challenges facing the growth of the beef industry is the need to adapt to evolving government environmental regulations and the need to enhance the public perception of the effects of the industry on the environment.
Forage and By-Products
Forages create value; in economic and environmental terms. There is a clear link between forage and livestock. The forage industry is the foundation for much of animal agriculture, and investment in forage research, development and technology transfer will be of mutual benefit to both sectors. Long term funding is critical for effective forage research since a one or two-year commitment is not long enough to allow forage research projects to be completed.
ABP & SCAIDF Joint Call Documents: