Apply for Project Operating Funding (Tier I)

The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance Research Program invests in research that aligns with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) priorities that support strong rural communities, keep our food safe and develop a prosperous, environmentally sustainable agri-food sector in Ontario.

Call status: OPEN (October 5 to December 2, 2020)

Eligible U of G researchers interested in applying for research project operating funding may do so through the Tier I Research Program Call for Proposals.

Please see the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance's Tier I Program Guide for complete details on the 2020-21 Call, including program changes and application instructions.

Research Priorities

For 2020-21 there are 11 research priorities that are aligned with the Ministry's three core businesses: Protection and Assurance, Stewardship, and Economic Development. Review the document detailing the 2020-21 OMAFRA Research Priorities for more information. Research proposals must address specific research questions identified in the priorities document.

Town Hall

A town hall information session was held on Thursday, October 15. This session provided information about 

  • Application, award and reporting processes
  • OMAFRA research priorities
  • Tips for completing a proposal

Download the Town Hall slide deck (PDF).

How to Apply

The Call is open from October 5, 2020 until December 2, 2020.


  • General project information and suggested peer reviewers due November 16, 2020 as part of the intent process (see below for more information). 
  • Full proposals due Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm. 

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.

A Word version of the Full Proposal application, as well as an Excel version of the application budget, are also available for applicants to create and edit  their proposals outside of the RMS. However, this information must be entered into the fields in the RMS to be submitted.  See 'File attachments' at the bottom of the page for the documents and additional documents such as the Value Assessment Plan, that may be required for some research questions. Please contact if you require these materials in an alternate format.

Single-Stage Call and Intent Process

There is no Letter of Intent (LOI) stage in this year's Call. Applicants will only submit a Full Proposal for review. 

An intent process is being employed as part of the single-stage Call. The intent process requires all applicants to start an application and complete the 'General' and 'Peer Review' tabs in the RMS by November 16, 2020. This will help support peer review and committee planning in advance of Full Proposal submission. 

Research Station Fees

Researchers proposing to use the research stations must include the appropriate Research Station Fees in their proposal budgets. 

OMAFRA subsidizes 92 per cent of the applicable Research Station Fees for Tier 1 projects. 

See our Research Station Fees Price List for more information.