Moving Research Innovations into the Marketplace
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 at
519-824-4120, Ext. 58859 or
Interested applicants are invited to attend a town hall information session profiling the Gryphon's LAAIR funding grants on:
- Monday, October 18, 2021 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Join the Microsoft Teams Meeting here
Call Status: OPEN Tuesday, September 28, 2021
The Call is open from Tuesday, September 28, 2021 until Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
Online Application System
The Alliance Research Program uses the Research Management System (RMS) for receiving and adjudicating research proposals.
RMS is available at: https://omafra2.smartsimple.ca. If you have not used the RMS since October 2019, select “Forgot Password” on the RMS login page and enter your uoguelph.ca email address. Please contact email@example.com if you experience any difficulties logging in.
Details on using the RMS are available in the Gryphon's LAAIR Funding Program Guide, 2021-22.
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. Details on how to register for the pitch competition coming soon.