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 x58859

Call Status

Closed: Applications were accepted up to noon on Friday 15 March 2019.

Online Application System 

The Alliance Research Program uses a web-based application process called Research Management System (RMS) for processing research applications and project reporting.

You must be a registered user in RMS before you can prepare an application. You do not need to register again if you have previously used RMS or submitted a letter of intent (LOI) or full proposal to an Alliance program.  

OR-5 Form Required 

All applicants must submit a completed OR-5 form at the time of application. The completed form must be signed by the Chair of your Department and the Dean of your College and be attached to your application in RMS. OR-5 templates and instructions can be found on the Office of Research website. 

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.