2024 Advancing Research Impact Fund - Knowledge Mobilization


Food from Thought (FfT) originally funded in part by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) and managed by the University of Guelph


ARIF will engage University of Guelph researchers to extend the reach and impact of the project(s) to additional audiences or respond to novel opportunities. This fund is meant to share research-based knowledge with decision makers and to support implementation or adoption by government, community organizations and industry.

The ARIF will provide up to $30,000 for projects up to 1 year in duration that support the exchange of knowledge between researchers and receptor communities from industry, government and not-for-profit organizations to the benefit of the environment, society and/or economic development. This knowledge sharing can happen through multiple and complementary avenues, including collaborations and partnership to host events, develop tools or products that share and mobilize knowledge with decision makers. This fund is reserved for projects relating to agri-food, biodiversity, or other Food from Thought research priorities, though it is not a requirement that the project be otherwise funded by Food from Thought programs. Researchers from any department are welcome to apply.

See the Program Guide and Application Form attached.


The Research Innovation Office, through the Advancing Research Impact Fund (ARIF), in collaboration with Food from Thought, offers funding for knowledge mobilization activities that help move research in FfT priority areas outside of the university.

Food from Thought priority areas of impact:

  • Agricultural solutions to the biodiversity and climate crises
  • Emerging issues in food safety and pathogens
  • Building resilient supply chains


See Eligibility criteria in Program Guide.

Funding Availability

Program Funding: $120,000 total

Maximum Project Value

Max. Project Value: $30,000

Indirect Costs

There are no indirect costs charged (overhead is zero).

Project Duration

Projects should be one year or less in duration.

Projects may start as early as September 1, 2024, but must be completed by September 30, 2025.

Final project reports are required, and progress reports may also be requested.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

How to Apply

All documents, aside from the Project Budget form (in Excel), should be submitted as a single PDF. Complete applications for the Advancing Research Impact Fund must include:

  • Application (template provided)
  • Completed OR-5 Form
  • Letters of Support signed by industry partner(s) demonstrating interest or committing cash or in-kind (if applicable)1
  • Budget spreadsheet (in Excel – template provided)

Complete applications must be submitted electronically to Valerie Hruska, vhruska@uoguelph.ca and Michelle Stringer, ebling@uoguelph.ca by noon (12pm) on May 31, 2024.


For Questions, please contact

Valerie Hruska, vhruska@uoguelph.ca and Michelle Stringer, ebling@uoguelph.ca

Office of Research

Valerie Hruska, Knowledge Mobilization and Communications Coordinator
Research Innovation Office

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