New Directions Research Program

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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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Program overview

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.

Research Priority Areas

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:

  • Innovation for Ontario's Agricultural Systems and Soils to Reduce Phosphorus Loss
  • Sustainable Livestock Production Using Precision Technologies to Support Compliance and Assurance Systems
  • Disruptive Technologies

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.

Who is eligible?

Researchers with demonstrated capacity to perform quality research from the following organizations can apply:

  • businesses and industry
  • colleges and universities
  • government - municipal, provincial (non-Ontario) and federal
  • hospitals
  • non-governmental organizations
  • research institutes and foundations

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:

  • staff from Ontario provincial government
  • a researcher who has received prior funding but has an outstanding progress report

Funding amount and duration

  • maximum funding per project - $200,000 Canadian (includes a maximum of 25% indirect costs)
  • project duration - Up to three years (36 months) in length

How to apply

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 ( 519-826-5178

For questions about the Research Management System contact:

RMS Administrator

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For more information:
Author: Daphne Tot, Research Analsyst/RIB
Creation Date: 10 December 2013
Last Reviewed: April 12, 2018