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 accepting applications at this time. The date for the next call for proposals is to be determined.

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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.

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 apply on-line using OMAFRA's Research Management System (RMS)
  • those with a username and password can login to their Researcher Workbench to access program documentation and complete an on-line application
  • view program guidelines here and on the researcher workbench when calls are active


For questions about the program contact:

Stacy Favrin


Phone: 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: 17 November 2016