Gryphon's LAAIR Projects Funded in 2021

The Gryphon’s LAAIR (Leading to the Accelerated Adoption of Innovative Research) program is designed to support the commercialization of research findings. The Gryphon’s LAAIR funding program, which is supported by the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, 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.

Research funding supports the University of Guelph’s critical mass of faculty, technical staff and graduate students engaged in high-quality research and training opportunities focused on the agri-food needs of Ontarians. Funding for individual GLAAIR projects is awarded through an annual competitive program. Applications are rigorously reviewed based on scientific merit, innovation, technology readiness, contributing partners and potential benefits.

The University administers the Alliance Gryphon’s LAAIR program and makes recommendations on funding awards to OMAFRA.

This page includes Gryphon’s LAAIR projects awarded in 2021. See projects awarded in previous years.

Food Safety

Market validation of a portable hydroxyl-radical unit for surface decontamination of food and non-food surfaces and shelf-life extension of fruit & vegetables

Research Summary

Developing a portable hydroxyl-radical sterilization unit.

Lead Applicant

Keith Warriner

 

Protection and Assurance

Nanopect-RNA adducts for therapeutic and vaccine delivery in animals and humans

Research Summary

Demonstrating that RNA-Nanopect adducts can be safely and efficiently be delivered into mammalian cells.

Lead Applicant

Gopinadhan Paliyath

 

Validation and certification of engineered slow-release carbon-sequestering fertilizers

Research Summary

Enabling negative-carbon emissions in the agricultural sector, through the mitigation of greenhouse gases and sequestration of carbon, with innovative-engineered slow-release carbon-sequestering fertilizer.

Lead Applicant

Rafael Santos

Developing Ontario lager yeasts

Research Summary

Expanding on genetic diversity in lager production to provide an advantage for marketing lagers with an increased locally produced brand.

Lead Applicant

George van der Merwe

Gaslift pumps for moving heavy fluids and mixtures in food systems

Research Summary

Testing the gas lift pump for use in transferring fish/shrimp and cleaning fish tanks at three aquaculture facilities.

Lead Applicant

Wael Ahmed

Market validation through customer focused sensory analysis of functional bakery goods

Research Summary

Developed a ready-to-use dry sourdough bread mix using local ingredients

Lead Applicant

Lisa Duizer