Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Research and Innovation Cluster call for proposals

The Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance (COHA) in partnership with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) seeks proposals from researchers to develop industry focused applied science projects in the theme of “Efficient Water and Nutrient Management”.  Successful proposals will be included in COHA’s application to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agri-Science Cluster program.

Projects of 1 to 5 years in duration are sought that will enhance the economic growth, productivity, competitiveness, adaptability and sustainability of the ornamental horticulture sector. Further information about the RFP is attached below.

Awards are expected to be in the range of $50,000 to $100,000 per year with increased funding potentially available for multidisciplinary collaborative projects in priority areas.  All researchers are strongly encouraged to find additional industry partners (cash + in-kind).  Proposal submission information is attached below.

All researchers MUST contact one of the following industry representatives to discuss their applications ASAP and in advance of submitting their proposal to the Office of Research:  

·         Flowers Canada : Jamie Aalbers,

·         Fédération interdisciplinaire de l'horticulture ornementale du Québec : Guillaume Grégoire,

·         Canadian Nursery Landscape Association : Rita Weerdenberg,

Please note that all applications must be submitted electronically by the researchers directly to the Tania Humphries at VRIC. 


March 4, 2013, 9:00am        Submission to Office of Research

March 11, 2013                     Submission to Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Research and Innovation Cluster

Questions? Contact:

Tania Humphrey, Research Strategy and Programs Manager, VRIC Tel: (905) 562-0302 Ex. 623

Jon Hureau, Research Contracts Officer, UofG, Tel: (519) 824-4120 Ex. 54807

AIP - R&D Stream - Agri-Science Cluster - Activity Budget.xls413 KB
AIP - R&D Stream - Detailed Workplan by Activity Template-2.doc59 KB
Annex A - Consent to Disclose Personal and Third Party Business Information Form.pdf650.84 KB
Ornamental HorticultureRFP-Water Feb 2012.pdf195.96 KB
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