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Early Intervention Strategy Small Scale Research program

Deadline: Apply for funding by February 10, 2023

About the program

The Early Intervention Strategy for Spruce Budworm (EIS) is designed to reduce the risk of a spruce budworm (SBW) outbreak in Atlantic Canada by treating “hotspots” (small areas with low and growing SBW populations) early in the outbreak cycle before damage has occurred to forests.

The EIS Small Scale Research (SSR) program supports scientific research addressing key science needs underpinning the development, deployment, efficacy, and impact of SBW management activities. The objective of the SSR program is to improve knowledge and tools to address current and future SBW outbreak development and spread.


The Eligible Recipients under the SSR program are Canadian research institutions and organizations, such as universities, colleges, and not-for-profit organizations that specialize in forest research, and insecticide operations applicators.

Types of projects funded

Projects supported under this funding opportunity includes research that will address:

  • SBW biology and ecology
  • SBW dispersal and migration
  • Detection of SBW and SBW damage
  • SBW management under EIS
  • Ecological impacts

Examples of SSR activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Targeted science, research and/or development activities, including collaborative research activities that contribute directly to the eligible projects
  • Research papers related to new/enhanced technology or advancement in sciences directly related to the eligible projects
  • Dissemination of publications and research findings where the primary focus of the project is research contributing directly to the eligible projects

How to apply

Step 1: Read the SSR Applicant Guide to understand its purpose and eligibility conditions.

Full instructions on completing and submitting the application package can be found in this guide.

Step 2: Complete the application package, which will consist of:

  • Application Form [434 kb Word, 280 kb PDF], signed by duly authorized officer, including:
    • Applicant attestation (pdf) dated and signed by a duly authorized officer
    • Attestation (pdf) for affiliations with any country or individual against which Canada has imposed economic sanctions under the United Nations Act, Special Economic Measures Act or the Justice for Victims of Foreign Corrupt Officials (Sergei Magnitsky Law)
  • Budget Overview (excel spreadsheet, included in application package) [19 kb Excel]
  • Proof of Incorporation or Registration, if applicable
  • Proof of secured funding of the proponent’s share of total project costs

Step 3: Email the complete application package to the EIS team

Applicants may also choose to submit their documentation by courier or registered mail, postmarked by 23:59 Eastern Daylight Time, February 10, 2023 to:

Early Intervention Strategy Program
Natural Resources Canada
Canadian Forest Service - Atlantic Forestry Centre
1350 Regent Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 5P7

The application review and decision process can take up to 120 days. NRCan will acknowledge receipt of all application packages. If your funding application is approved, NRCan will send a funding decision email to confirm and provide next steps in the funding process.

Contact us

For questions about the EIS Small Scale Research program, and to send the application, email the EIS Team.

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