The governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting agri-food innovation through an investment of up to $1.85 million in research to help Ontario develop new cutting edge technologies, practices and solutions to tackle modern-day industry problems.
The new Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative is now accepting proposals for advancing research in food safety, trade, market and growth opportunities, automation, and bio-based production systems, with a maximum of $150,000 funding allocation per project.
To be eligible, applicants must have demonstrated capacity to perform quality research and be:
- A university or college
- A research organization, institute, or foundation
- An industry organization or business
- A non-government organization
- A government or government agency
Federal and provincial government researchers are eligible to collaborate on projects.
Agri-food research is important to help bring new technologies and processes to market and develop new practices for on-farm solutions. This investment in agri-food research will benefit all Ontarians by helping to provide more safe and healthy food while increasing trade opportunities for Ontario grown and made food items. This investment boosts rural economic opportunity by making agri-food businesses more profitable and competitive.
- The deadline to submit proposals is January 23, 2020. More information is available on the Ministry’s website.
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sectors.
- The Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario provides strategic advice, advocacy and leadership in Ontario’s agri-food research and research infrastructure such as this initiative.