Moving Research Innovations into the Marketplace

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The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance is a highly productive, entrepreneurial community of people dedicated to finding solutions that improve life. Commercialization involves transferring our research and innovations into the marketplace in a way that improves the lives of the people of Ontario while also enhancing business productivity and creating jobs.

The Alliance has a funding program that accelerates the development of new products, processes and technologies based on innovative research results, which will benefit the Ontario agri-food and rural sectors. 

Gryphon’s LAAIR accelerates the adoption of innovative research

Gryphon’s LAAIR (Leading to the Accelerated Adoption of Innovative Research) is a program funded by OMAFRA and the U of G designed to support the commercialization of research findings. The Gryphon’s LAAIR funding program aims to take the best research and use it to develop new products which should attract private sector funding, create jobs and make Ontario more competitive.

Two types of grants are available to help University of Guelph researchers turn their ideas into marketable products or services.

  • Market Validation Grants help researchers conduct market research to determine the size and quality of the market opportunity for a new and promising technology, product or service.
  • Product Development Grants help researchers create prototypes, perform field trials, remove any barriers to a market launch and optimize a minimum viable product that best meets the needs of customers, all in support of the Ontario agri-food economy. 

For more information contact:

David Hobson, Manager, Technology Transfer & Entrepreneurship, Research Innovation Office
519-824-4120, Ext. 58859

A town hall information session was held on Nov. 3, 2020. View or download the presentation.

The Call is open from Wednesday, October 14, 2020 until Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.


Online Application System 

The Alliance Research Program uses the Research Management System (RMS) for receiving and adjudicating research proposals. 

RMS is available at: If you have not used the RMS since October 2019, select “Forgot Password” on the RMS login page and enter your email address. Please contact if you experience any difficulties logging in. 

Gryphon's LAAIR Showcase and Pitch Competition

Each year, the University of Guelph hosts a showcase and pitch competition featuring companies with roots in U of G research through programs such as Gryphon’s LAAIR. The event highlights University research and innovations to key stakeholders, mobilizes knowledge, shares U of G success stories, and inspires further impact. Visit the showcase and pitch competition event page for more information.