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 not currently accepting applications.

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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.

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 in length

How to Apply

* researchers who register in the RMS with a Research Office need to allow time for their internal approval process
* the RMS does not allow submissions past the deadline


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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Author: Daphne Tot, Research Analsyst/RIB
Creation Date: 10 December 2013
Last Reviewed: 12 May 2017