2017-18 Quebec-Ontario Cooperation for Agri-Food Research Competition

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This program offers funding for joint Ontario-Quebec projects supporting climate change research issues of interest to both provinces

Program Status: This program is currently closed.

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Purpose of the competition

One of the aims of the Ontario-Quebec Trade and Cooperation Agreement is to improve the competitive position of the agriculture and agri-processing sectors. Both provinces recognize the mutual benefits of developing common responses to the challenges facing these sectors.

The Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture. Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) have therefore developed a joint research competition on research topics of mutual interest to both provinces.

The competition objectives are as follows:

  • develop solutions to agri-food issues shared by Quebec and Ontario
  • encourage partnerships between Quebec and Ontario researchers
  • enhance graduate student training through internships in the cooperating province

Research Priorities

The focus of this call for proposals on climate change. Proposals are solicited that will generate new knowledge and/or technologies in the following areas:

  • Research to evaluate climate change impact on soil health and develop best practices
  • Research to determine climate change impacts on food processing and food safety including development of adaptation and mitigation strategies

Who May Apply

Universities and non-profit, non-governmental applied research centres are eligible to apply. Each application must be submitted jointly by a research institution based in Ontario and another based in Quebec.

Other public or private research institutions and organizations can contribute to the project as research team members or partners/co-funders. This includes colleges, government, industry associations and businesses.

Project Funding

Awards of up to $250,000 per project are available (to be shared equally between an Ontario and Quebec applicant). Projects can be up to three years in length.

How to Apply

The competition consists of a two-stage application process, and each project requires a co-lead from an Ontario and Quebec institution.

Program contact

For questions about the program contact:

Stacy Favrin

Email: stacy.favrin@ontario.ca

Phone: 519-826-5178

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For more information:
E-mail: research.omafra@ontario.ca