Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT) Projects Funded in 2020/21

The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance administers a Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT) funding program to advance research in the field of KTT and to accelerate the transfer of research knowledge into use. 

Funding for individual projects is awarded through an annual competitive program. Applications are reviewed based on strength of the team, methodology, contributing partners, and potential benefits to intended KTT audiences.

The University of Guelph makes recommendations on funding awards to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

This page includes KTT projects awarded in 2020 that fit within one of two streams:

  1. KTT Research Funding: projects that advance the science of knowledge translation and transfer in agri-food and rural sectors.
  2. KTT Mobilization Funding: outreach and/or engagement activities that connect end-users with existing research.

Learn more about the KTT funding program or learn about applying for a KTT mobilization initiative (rolling applications accepted).

Protection and Assurance

Look before she leaves: Improving cull dairy cow welfare through better on-farm decisions

Research Summary

Developing online and hands-on training workshops on best management practices in cull cow welfare for dairy producers and assessing their utility.

Lead Applicant

Todd Duffield


Enhancing the dissemination of beef research through development of a beef research network for more effective knowledge translation and transfer

Research Summary
Developing a beef research network at the University of Guelph to improve knowledge-sharing among stakeholders on and off campus.
Lead Applicant
Jessica Gordon

Delivering training to dairy producers for disbudding pain control, and improving our understanding of barriers to adoption  

Research Summary
Improving on-farm pain management for dairy calves by providing hands-on training for producers, and exploring barriers to best management practice adoption.
Lead Applicant
Charlotte Winder

Stewardship

Development of interactive table-top tools and digital-products to illustrate the principles of water movement and soil function in natural/tile drained lands

Research Summary
Helping stakeholders understand soil systems using visual and interactive tools.
Lead Applicant
Prasad Daggupati

Cover crops: Moving the strategy forward for Ontario

Research Summary

Enhancing cover crop knowledge using a decision tool, how-to recipes, and field tours.

Lead Applicant
Laura Van Eerd

Knowledge transfer on long-term influence of Ontario biomass crops on soil carbon, health and GHG emissions in several grower fields

Research Summary

Disseminating new knowledge related to biomass (plants to be used as fuel) crops influence on soil health and organic carbon sequestration potentials to biomass growers and grain crop producers using a variety of strategies.

Lead Applicant

Naresh Thevathasan

Overcoming agricultural barriers in northern Ontario: Demystifying the North through education, promotion and engagement

Research Summary
Disseminating toolkits related to enhancing agricultural development in northern Ontario to farmers, municipalities and provincial agencies.
Lead Applicant
Sara Epp

Economic Development

Development of nutrient deficiency pictorial guides for hops and industrial hemp

Research Summary
Developing visual guides for diagnosing nutrient deficiencies in hops and hemp.
Lead Applicant
Rene Van Acker