Dairy Farmers of Canada - Call for LOI: Nutrition Research Funding


Dairy Farmers of Canada


Please visit Dairy Farmers of Canada Research Funding for additional program information. 



Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has been funding research for over 30 years. DFC is proud to support Canadian research in the areas of nutrition, food science and health and to contribute to the development of a Canadian network of experts in those fields. DFC funds research in order to respond to research gaps related to the role of dairy products in nutrition, health and sustainability.  

DFC considers those applications that have nutritional and health implications for Canadian dairy products and are relevant to Canadian dairy farmers. Of specific interest to DFC are research proposals which feature milk products in their entirety, demonstrate technological innovation and utilize a multidisciplinary approach, whenever possible, to address fundamental and applied research questions. Applied human randomized, controlled trials and mechanistic studies in humans are of particular interest.

Review the current research priorities and areas of interest.


  • Investigators proposing to undertake studies relevant to human health and who hold an academic appointment in a Canadian university or affiliated institution are eligible to apply to DFC.
  • Students and trainees are normally not eligible to act as co-investigators. Postdoctoral fellows may act as a co-investigator but will not be eligible to draw funds from the grant in such a case.

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

Internal Deadline

Submit the Letter of Intent along and OR-5 form to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

Letters of Intent must be received by the DFC no later than December 1, 2019. Researchers are responsible for submitting their Letter of Intent to the Sponsor in accordance with the Sponsor's submission guidelines.

Researchers invited by DFC to submit a full, detailed grant proposal should contact the Office of Research Service immediately.

How to Apply

This is a two-stage application process:

  1. Letter of Intent
    Letters of intent must be received by DFC no later than December 1, 2019. 
    Researchers will be notified by DFC if they have been invited to submit a full proposal.Once notified, please contact the Office of Research Services immediately.
  2. Full Proposal
    Only successful applicants will be asked by DFC to provide a full, detailed grant proposal for consideration.  Those invited to submit a full proposal must submit their full proposal to the Office of Research one week in advance of the sponsor's deadline.
For Questions, please contact

Christiane d’Aragon
Administrative Assistant,
Research Funding Program
Dairy Farmers of Canada
1010 de la Gauchetiere West, Suite 1300
Montreal, QC H3B 2W2
Tel. :514 284-1092 # 258 Fax: 514 284-0449
E-mail: christiane.daragon@dfc-plc.ca

Office of Research

Kristin Gibson, Awards and Agreements Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x56257

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