Pôle bioalimentaire


Facilitating the transition to sustainable and resilient food systems

“Joining forces to drive innovation in sustainable food”.

This major initiative will be developed through a cross-functional and systemic approach to the issues facing the sector in Quebec. All levels of the industry will be addressed, from food production to consumption, through cross-sectoral activities carried out in collaboration with local partners.


The Pôle bioalimentaire represents a research and innovation lever that combines intersectorality and internationalization to bring out solutions aimed at accelerating the transition to sustainable and resilient food systems.

Financially supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec-Nature et technologies (FRQNT), this cluster is unique, both in its design and in the innovative research, training and knowledge mobilization activities it offers. Bringing together the driving forces of various strategic groups in Quebec, the Pôle’s objective is to develop concrete responses to a range of issues facing today’s food systems, such as :

  • Adapting to climate change,
  • Preserving biodiversity,
  • Limiting food loss and waste,
  • Mitigating labor problems,
  • Increasing food self-sufficiency.

The cluster’s activities will enable its scientific members – researchers, professionals and students alike – to team up with the user community of the biofood ecosystem, enabling innovative, concrete projects with strong socio-economic and environmental spin-offs. Artificial intelligence, the circular economy and the development of localized food systems are just a few examples of the tools that will be put to good use.

The Pôle will also be focusing on an international mission with up-and-coming students to take stock of current knowledge and document best practices in sustainable food on an international scale.

Board of Directors

Membre de l'INAF - Daniel Normandin



Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology

CERIEC | Centre d’études et de recherches intersectorielles en économie circulaire

Membre de l'INAF - Nathalie De Marcellis-Warin

De Marcellis-Warin


Artificial intelligence specialist


Membre de l'INAF - Michel Lesage




Réseau des CCTT

Membre de l'INAF - Nathalie De Marcellis-Warin

De Marcellis-Warin


President and General Manager


Membre de l'INAF - Sophie Maccario



Team manager - climate change adaptation science coordination


Membre de l'INAF - Olivier Bahn




Groupe d’Études et de Recherche en Analyse des Décisions (GERAD)

Membre de l'INAF - Michel Leblanc



President and General Manager

Réseau des CCTT

Axes and projects

The Biofood Cluster supports strategic pilot projects involving multidisciplinary teams.

To provide a framework for the development of these interdisciplinary, cross-sector and cross-order teams, 3 axes have been identified, along with 7 cross-functional projects:


  • No1: Sustainable production systems
  • No2: Sustainable transformation systems
  • N03: Sustainable consumption


  • No1 : Quality and acceptability of the food supply
  • No2: Food transition
  • No3: Localized food systems
  • No4: Decarbonation and adaptation to climate change
  • No5: Circular economy and fight against food waste
  • No6: Supporting supply chain competitiveness
  • No7: Inclusion, social acceptability and combating misinformation

Affiliated researches

Find the best people to make your projects a success

With the aim of developing teams made up of different specialties and locations, we will shortly be making available to you the different profiles of the researchers taking part in the Pôle bioalimentaire, including their fields of expertise.

In the meantime, we invite you to get in touch with our coordinator, Marie-Ève Bernier, who will be able to help you find the right profiles for your team, as well as plan future meetings.

Consult list

Call for projects

We invite you to consult the various projects open to you, and to contact the person in charge if you are interested.

Call for projects "New Teams"

This call for pilot projects by the Pôle Bioalimentaire is designed to initiate and stimulate new research partnerships between the Pôle Bioalimentaire’s co-investigator/co-researcher (COCC) members on subjects that fit in with the different axes and projects.


  • Generate preliminary data or convincing results around innovative concepts, in line with the Biofood Cluster’s priorities and projects, with a view to the transition to sustainable food systems;
  • Initiate and stimulate new collaborations between the COCC members of the Biofood Cluster in the areas and fields covered by the Cluster;
  • Encourage collaboration between COCC members working in different disciplines/sectors and strategic clusters (SC) (university and college members);
  • Have the potential to forge partnerships with local organizations to meet concrete needs.

Eligibility criteria

  • The project must be led by a regular COCC member of the Pôle Bioalimentaire;
  • Apart from the regular COCC member, the project must include at least one other COCC member from another RS. The project team must therefore include at least two Pôle COCC members from 2 RS. The team of 2 Pôle COCC members may also include research members from Québec SRs whose complementary expertise is needed to carry out the project. In order to comply with FRQNT rules, these research members will become COCC members of the Pôle. Information sheets on the names, affiliations and keywords describing the research activities and expertise of the Pôle Bioalimentaire’s COCC members are available by clicking on the following link.
  • The research carried out by the COCC members of the project team must fall within the scope of at least two of the cluster’s three axes. A project in which all three areas are represented is an asset;
  • The proposed project must fit in with one of the cluster’s seven projects;
  • The inclusion of one or more community partners is not mandatory, but is an asset;
  • The inclusion of an international collaboration is permitted. The transfer of funds to the international establishment is not permitted.

Presentation of requests

Applications must include all the following information:

  1. The title of the project, the team members, their institutional affiliation and their complementary expertise/research program;
  2. A short summary of the project (to be published on the Pôle tab) (max. 6 lines);
  3. A description of the project (context, issues, objective(s), methodology and timetable) (max. 2 pages);
  4. Relevance of the project in relation to the Cluster’s axes and projects, and the expected spin-offs in terms of advancing knowledge and meeting a need expressed by the community (provide the name and contact details of one or more potential partners from the user community) (max. 1 page);
  5. A detailed budget and breakdown of funds for each COCC member (max. 1 page);

The deadline for submitting the application in PDF format (with all sections merged if applicable) is March 8, 2024 inclusively to Marie-Ève Bernier at the following e-mail address: marie-eve.bernier.7@ulaval.ca

Need help putting together a team? You can send an e-mail to Marie-Ève Bernier and/or attend one of the two information and networking sessions proposed on the following dates.

  • February 12 from 1 to 2 p.m.


  • February 13, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.


One or other of these sessions will be an opportunity for you to present a project idea and/or express your interest in being part of a team, if you so wish.

Evaluation of requests

Evaluation procedure

Eligible applications will be forwarded to an evaluation committee made up of COCC members of the Cluster who have not submitted a project to this competition. The evaluation committee’s recommendations will be submitted to the cluster’s scientific committee, which will make the funding decisions. The four evaluation criteria listed below will be assessed. For a project to be accepted, a minimum score of 80% must be achieved.

Evaluation criteria

  • Team quality (complementarity of research expertise) and pooling of resources (30 pts);
    Scientific relevance to the Cluster’s priorities and projects (20 pts);
    Societal relevance of proposed research (20 pts)
    Potential benefits for the advancement of knowledge and for the user community (20 pts);
    Project feasibility (objective(s), methodology, schedule and budget) (10 pts).

Results announcement

The competition has a total budget of $250,000. The results will be announced in mid-March 2024. A spin-off report will be submitted at the end of the project.

Type of financial support

  • Maximum funding per project is $30,000.
  • Eligible expenses include laboratory supplies, analytical costs, salaries and scholarships (students, research professionals, trainees), as well as inter-laboratory and partner travel expenses for team members.
  • Funding is granted for a period of 12 months and is non-renewable.

Call for projects 2 (coming soon)

Coming soon


Our coordinator, Marie-Ève Bernier, is available to help you launch projects within the Pôle bioalimentaire.

She’ll help you find the right people to form your teams, as well as assist you with the steps involved in launching and maintaining your research projects. She’s a real asset to your organization. Don’t hesitate to contact her.


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Major partner
Thank you for your support

Some quotes

For 20 years, the FRQNT strategic cluster program has encouraged multi-institutional collaboration in over 35 scientific disciplines. Strategic clusters are now recognized as catalysts for research, innovation and training, with a level of excellence and technical platforms of international scope. Thanks to the support of the SQRI2, the FRQNT is pleased to announce this new initiative for strategic clusters, which will work together in a new way to transform Quebec's bio-food sector.


Janice Bailey

Scientific Director, FRQNT

We are extremely excited about the launch of this large-scale project. We're immensely proud of the work accomplished and the spin-offs to come. The targeted themes are perfectly aligned with the current economic, social, cultural and environmental challenges facing the Quebec biofood sector. By fostering links, cross-disciplines and an unprecedented level of collaboration, the cluster will facilitate the search for solutions and pave the way for a new era in sustainable food. All for the benefit of health, communities and the planet!


Alain Doyen and Renée Michaud

Scientific Director and General Manager, INAF