2014-2015 Quebec-Ontario Cooperation for Agri-Food Research Competition

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This program offers funding for joint Ontario-Quebec projects supporting water management and integrated pest management research issues of interest to both provinces.

Program Status: This program is not accepting applications at this time.

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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

It is expected that the outcomes of the joint projects will be greater than can be achieved by projects undertaken independently in each province. Therefore, proposals must clearly describe the value of the collaboration between the two provinces (e.g. may relate to identification of common sector issues, data sharing, knowledge transfer, complementary expertise, validation, expanded networks and partnerships etc.).

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.

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
Author: Stacy Favrin, Senior Research Advisor/RIB
Creation Date: 25 April 2014
Last Reviewed: 3 October 2014