Research Priorities - OMAFRA Research Advisory Network (ORAN)OMAFRA Research Advisory Network (ORAN) is a defined and flexible approach to research priority setting, and allows participation and input from a broad array of stakeholders and institutions. ORAN reflects OMAFRA's commitment to ensuring that information flows among all partners in the agri-food research system.
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The OMAFRA Research Advisory Network (ORAN) is a network of advisory bodies that provide long-term, strategic guidance for research program development as well as identification of short-term and emerging research priorities in seven research theme areas:
The seven research themes build on traditional strengths and expand research focus into areas of opportunity for industry and enhancement of the public good. Research priorities established under ORAN inform calls for proposals for research programs funded under the OMAFRA - University of Guelph Partnership as well as other open, competitive research programs.
The Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO)
ARIO is a government agency reporting directly to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Its membership broadly represents the agri-food industry in Ontario. ARIO advises the Minister about strategic directions for OMAFRA funded research.
Expert Panels meet at longer intervals (every 5 years or more) to develop strategic, long-term priorities for ministries' funded research and identify long term trends, issues and barriers in the seven research theme areas. Expert Panels were convened last in 2008.
Theme Advisory Groups
Theme Advisory Groups (TAG) are a group of ministry and external individuals with broad knowledge of the research theme areas. They meet yearly to evaluate ministry and stakeholder input and identify emerging research issues. TAGs monitor research progress and advise on research priorities for annual calls for proposals for OMAFRA-funded research programs. Key individuals in the Theme Advisory Groups include:
A broad range of stakeholders provide valuable input to the priority setting process. Stakeholders contribute to the priority setting process by:
Researchers from government and academic institutions contribute to the priority setting process as described above, but are also key in responding to calls for research proposals and ensuring that research is conducted that meets government and sector needs.
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