Dairy Farmers of Canada - Nutrition Research Funding Program 2024-25


Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC)


Nutrition Research Funding Program


Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is launching its Call for Proposals for the 2024–2025 competition as part of the Nutrition Research Funding Program, for consideration for funding starting January 2024.

DFC’s Nutrition Research Funding Program offers financial support for research projects on the role of dairy products in human nutrition and health, and sustainable diets. Studies are peer-reviewed and selected by an expert committee comprised of renowned Canadian researchers with expertise in various areas of food science, nutrition, health and medicine.

The objective of the Nutrition Research Funding Program is to gain a better understanding of the specific role of dairy products in attaining and maintaining optimal health as well as their contribution in a sustainable diet. DFC considers proposals that have nutrition and health implications for Canadian dairy products, are relevant to Canadian dairy farmers, and address at least one of DFC’s research priorities.

Of specific interest to DFC are research proposals which feature milk products in their entirety (milk, cheese and yogurt, including regular fat versions), 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. Refer to DFC research priorities at the link above. 


Investigators proposing to undertake studies relevant to human nutrition and health addressing at least one of the research priorities and who hold an academic appointment in a Canadian university or affiliated institution (a "Research Institution") are eligible to apply to the Program.

The principal investigator (the "Principal Investigator") is responsible for the complete direction of the approved study (the "Study") and other activities associated with its efficient execution. The role of the co-investigator(s) in the Study must be clearly defined. Students and trainees are normally not eligible to act as co-investigators. Postdoctoral fellows may act as a co-investigator, but their salary will not be eligible for payment by the grant in such a case.

A researcher cannot hold two grants simultaneously under this Program for which he/she is the Principal Investigator. However, the same researcher can be co-investigator of no more than one additional grant (as defined hereinafter).

DFC encourages submissions primarily from Canadian scientists. Non-Canadian scientists could be considered as co-investigators or collaborators. 

Maximum Project Value

DFC supports Studies in the range of $50,000–$70,000 per year. For projects that require greater than $70,000 per year, it is strongly recommended that other sources be identified. 

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

The funding under the program is for a maximum of two (2) years.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your LOI, along with an OR-5 Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

The applicant submits the LOI by email.

Internal Deadline

If invited to submit a full application, PI to submit a copy to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

The applicant submits the full proposal (if invited) to DFC by email. 

How to Apply

See Guidelines for DFC Nutrition Research Funding Program

For Questions, please contact


Annik L’Espérance

Program Coordinator / Coordonnatrice du programme



Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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