Research Clusters and Priorities

The Canadian pulse industry has established research priorities in order to achieve the 25 by 25 market development strategy.

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Achieving 25 by 25

Pulse Canada and our member associations are working collaboratively to identify short and medium to long-term research required to support the pulse industry’s ’25 by 25’ market development strategy. 

Research gaps have been identified related to increasing demand for:  

  • Canadian peas, lentils, faba beans in value-added flour and fraction processing
  • Canadian pulse ingredients (protein, flour, starch, fibre) in high-volume/value food and industrial applications
  • Canadian peas and faba beans in feed
  • Canadian bean domestic consumption in retail products and in foodservice

Pre-competitive research

 A recent survey of food manufacturers and pulse processors found that pre-competitive research demonstrating benefits and addressing broad technical questions was extremely important and valuable. Having a Canadian pulse research network and community is a major asset to the domestic processing industry. 

Every year, we review and address these priorities through partnership opportunities with the Canadian scientific community and other funders of research.

For more information on these priorities, view the National Research Strategy or contact us.

Pulse Science Research Clusters

Since 2010, the Canadian pulse industry and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) have jointly invested over $44M in three Pulse Science Research Clusters in AAFC’s Growing Forward, Growing Forward II and Canadian Agricultural Partnership agricultural policy frameworks. Funding for these research clusters was provided by the Alberta Pulse Growers, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers, Ontario Bean Growers, and Pulse Canada and has addressed multiple Canadian pulse industry priorities such as achieving stable yield gains through genetic improvement, reducing agronomic constraints in production, expanding utilization of pulse ingredients in foods, and highlighting stakeholder awareness of the health benefits of pulse consumption.

The Canadian pulse industry is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) for possible inclusion in a fourth research cluster, within AAFC’s newest agricultural policy framework, for the period of 2023-2028. The due date is January 28, 2022. Please view the documents below to learn more:

Request for Letters of Intent (LOI)

Information Session Recording

National Research Priorities

AAFC Guelph Statement

Pulse Cluster LOI Application Form (Due date: January 28, 2022)