Dairy Farmers of Canada's Nutrition Research Funding Program 2023-2024


Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC)


Nutrition Research Funding Program 2023-2024

For More Information

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

Letter of Intent Form

Full Program Guidelines


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.


  • 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.

Maximum Project Value

$50,000 - $70,000 per year.
For projects that require > $70,000 per year, it is strongly recommended that other sources be identified.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

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 the complete Letter of Intent along with a signed OR-5 form to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

The Letter of Intent must be submitted on the Letter of Intent Form at dairyresearch@dfc-plc.ca.

Internal Deadline

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the Letter of Intent in February 2022.
Full Proposal By Invitation Only: Please submit the complete Grant Proposal Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

Grant Proposal Form to be completed and submitted at dairyresearch@dfc-plc.ca.

How to Apply

a) Letter of Intent:
The Letter of Intent must be submitted on the Letter of Intent Form found on the webpage program. The same investigator can submit more than one Letter of Intent. However, regardless of how many Letters of Intent are approved, only one Grant Proposal per Principal Investigator can be submitted for final review. Letters of Intent will be considered according to their scientific merit, significance for the dairy sector and their alignment with DFC research priorities.

b) Grant Proposal:
Upon approval of the Letter of Intent, DFC will provide a Grant Proposal Form to be completed and submitted. Grant Proposals will be considered according to their scientific merit, available research facilities, expected outcomes/deliverables for the dairy sector, alignment with DFC research priorities and available budget. Major change(s) from the Letter of Intent will not be permitted unless had been indicated by the scientific advisory committee. 

For Questions, please contact

Annik L’Espérance, Program Coordinator: annik.lesperance@dfc-plc.ca

Office of Research

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

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