New Directions Research Program
This program offers funding for research that stimulates the sustainable growth and competitiveness of Ontario's agri-food, agri-business and rural sectors.
Program status: This program is currently closed.
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The purpose of the New Directions Research Program is to stimulate the sustainable growth and competitiveness of Ontario's agri-food and agri-business sectors, and to strengthen rural communities. The development of new and alternative products provides potential to increase the diversification of agriculture. New knowledge and new technologies help Ontario's agri-food and agri-business sectors address challenges, expand market opportunities at home and abroad, and support thriving rural communities.
Priorities for this program can shift annually and reflect key opportunities and challenges facing the agri-food sector and rural communities. Priorities for the 2018-19 call are:
All applicants must clearly indicate how the proposed research will address the program priorities. Proposals may not be funded in all priority areas. See Section Three of the call document (accessible in the Research Management System) for full details about the priority areas or the 2018 additional details webpage.
Researchers with demonstrated capacity to perform quality research from the following organizations can apply:
Applicants outside the province of Ontario can apply but must indicate how their proposed research will benefit Ontario's agri-food and agribusiness sectors and rural communities.
Note: you are ineligible to apply as Lead Applicant if you are:
Note: The call for proposals for the new research Directions Program 2018 will be the subject of a two-stage proposal process (letter of intent and full proposals).
For questions about the program contact:
Stacy Favrin (firstname.lastname@example.org) 519-826-5178
For questions about the Research Management System contact:
For more information: