Food from Thought Digital Agriculture Research Fund


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The University of Guelph's Food from Thought Program, funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), is inviting eligible University of Guelph faculty to submit proposals to lead this shift in the ag space through cutting-edge digital agricultural research. This $1 million research fund will support research projects up to two years in duration in the following three priority focus areas:

  1. Development of new and innovative digital, data-driven applications, analytics, and decision-support tools for the agri-food sector that make use of, or create, advanced technologies and approaches;
  2. Advancements in, and contributions to, the development of integrated research data platforms and/or databases that allow for, and better support, cross-discipline analyses and large-scale/comprehensive research questions; and,
  3. Research on advancements, best practices, risks, and barriers in the governance and management of agri-food and biodiversity data, including areas such as confidentiality, transparency, accessibility, and standards and regulations, among others.


In order to apply for funding through the 2019-21 Digital Agriculture Research Fund, researchers must hold a faculty position at the University of Guelph and be eligible for Tri-Agency grants.

Maximum Project Value

Projects may span 12 to 24 months in length. Projects will be awarded a maximum total amount of $200,000, although projects that request more than the maximum award amount may be considered if the proposals demonstrate very strong partner engagement (through significant cash and in-kind contributions) and highly-impactful anticipated results.

Project Duration

Projects will start on April 1, 2019 and must be completed by March 31, 2021.


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

External Deadline

How to Apply

Complete applications must be submitted electronically to the Office of Research at no later than 11:59 pm on January 14, 2019 using the templates provided at

For Questions, please contact

Questions on this Call for Proposals should be submitted in writing to Food from Thought at:

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