Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative

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The Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative offers funding for research that stimulates innovation to support the growth and competitiveness of Ontario's agri-food sector, promotes food safety and strengthens rural communities.

The new research initiative combines and builds on the success of OMAFRA's former New Directions and Food Safety Research Programs. The new Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative will be jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) strives to fund demand-driven research that has ready receptors in policy, programs or the marketplace. New knowledge and technologies help Ontario's agri-food sector businesses address challenges and expand market opportunities locally and globally.

Research Priority Areas

Priorities for this can shift annually and reflect key opportunities and challenges facing the agri-food sector and rural communities. Priorities for the 2019-20 call are:

  • Food Safety
  • Global Market Analysis
  • Automation - Barriers and Adoption by the Sector
  • Bio-Based Production Systems

Please review the details of the above priority areas to ensure that your proposal is within scope and addresses one or more of the specific research questions.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to receive funding you 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*
  • Lead applicant must be located in Ontario. Researchers outside the province of Ontario may collaborate on research projects

* Federal and provincial government researchers are not eligible to receive funding; but are eligible to collaborate on projects.

Researchers with an outstanding progress report for previous OMAFRA-funded research are not eligible to receive funding under this initiative until outstanding reports are submitted.

How to apply

Applicants can submit full proposals by completing the application template in OMAFRA's Research Management System (RMS). If you have not used the RMS in the past, you must register to obtain login information. If you are registered but have not used the most recent version of RMS, you will be required to use the "forgot password" feature to update your password. For any problems registering or logging in, please contact the RMS Administrator at RMS@ontario.ca.

Deadline for submission: January 23, 2020.

Town Hall: An information session (webinar and in-person) will be held at 1 Stone Road W, Guelph (Conference Centre 1) on December 11, 2019 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. to provide information about the application process and priorities. Please RSVP to research.omafra@ontario.ca.

Contact Us

For more information about this initiative, email us at research.omafra@ontario.ca.

Related Information

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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 19 November 2019
Last Reviewed: 25 November 2019