Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
The purpose of the New Directions Research Program is to stimulate the sustainable growth and competitiveness of Ontario's agri-food and agri-business sectors, and to strengthen rural communities. The development of new and alternative products provides potential to increase the diversification of agriculture. New knowledge and new technologies help Ontario's agri-food and agri-business sectors address challenges, expand market opportunities at home and abroad, and support thriving rural communities.riorities for this program can shift annually and reflect key opportunities and challenges facing the agri-food sector and rural communities. Priorities for the 2018-19 call are:
- Innovation for Ontario's Agricultural Systems and Soils to Reduce Phosphorus Loss
- Sustainable Livestock Production Using Precision Technologies to Support Compliance and Assurance Systems
- Disruptive Technologies
All applicants must clearly indicate how the proposed research will address the program priorities. Proposals may not be funded in all priority areas.
Public and private sector applicants with capacity to perform quality research in the program priority areas are invited to apply.
Maximum Project Value
Maximum $200,000 per project (including 25% indirect costs)
25% Indirect Costs are eligible
Up to three years (36 months) in length
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Pre-Submission Consultation. Please see "Special Notes" section for detail on how to register.
Please submit your Letter of Intent (LOI) online in the RMS and email your signed OR5 form to Research Services at firstname.lastname@example.org before noon on May 23, 2018.
Letter of Intent due to OMAFRA. Electronic submission via the RMS system will be completed by the Office of Research Services.
How to Apply
Researchers apply using the on-line Research Management System (RMS).