The Barley Council of Canada (BCC) will lead the next five-year Canadian National Barley Research Cluster on behalf of Canadian barley farmers and industry. The BCC is currently working with potential funders, potential research applicants, other commodity clusters, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to develop a solid foundation from which to create an application once the new framework and programs are announced.The Alberta Barley Commission has already received a grant from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriInnovation Program (AIP). They will receive up to $8 million to fund a national barley research cluster April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2018. The goal of the cluster project is to accelerate the development of all classes of barley varieties through the adoption of best practices in technology, agronomic methods, crop management, breeding and genetic techniques, and the development of new value-added market applications. Alberta Barley, the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF), the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI), Rahr Malting Canada and the Atlantic Grains Council contributed up to an additional $3 million into the cluster project.