Grain Farmers of Ontario - 2018 Call for Barley, Corn, Oat, Soybean and Wheat Research Proposals


Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO)


Call for Research Proposals - Barley, Corn, Oat, Soybean, Wheat

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GFO Research Programs


Investment in research is a long-term strategic initiative of the Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO). GFO's goal is to target their research, innovation and knowledge transfer investments toward opportunities that will enhance their farmer-members’ returns.

For the 2018 Call for Research Proposals, GFO will be accepting barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat proposals under their four priority areas as described in the Research Priorities document:

  1. Agronomy & Production;
  2. Weed, Disease & Insect Pests;
  3. Breeding & Genetics; and
  4. Crop Utilization & Crop Quality.

GFO is accepting all proposals in these areas but would like to highlight the following high priority areas for which they would like to target increased research investment:

  • Pesticide resistance management and coping with breakdown of resistance

  • Management of grain corn ear mould incidence and reducing the occurrence of vomitoxin (DON)

New for 2018 call:

  1. Each research proposal must demonstrate value to farmer-members through an economic analysis component, which should be its own objective, quantifying the economic value of a given research deliverable (i.e., return on investment, cost-benefit analysis, etc.).

  2. A rough estimated economic impact is also expected to be explained in the Proposal, Part 5B, to demonstrate the benefit of the proposal deliverables to Ontario’s grain farmers.

Special Notes

To help prospective researchers properly complete their 2018 Research Proposals, GFO will be hosting an Information Session through videoconference on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 1:30pm EST.  This Information Session will be recorded. For those unable to attend the videoconference on October 4, the recorded Information Session will be available upon request. More specific details will be shared closer to the date.


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit the complete proposal package along with a signed OR-5 form to Research Services at

External Deadline

Please submit completed research proposal documents by email in their original MS Word or MS Excel file formats to:

How to Apply

Consultation with GFO is encouraged for all proposals, but particularly for those that fall under the priority area of Crop Utilization & Crop Quality. Please call Natalie DiMeo at 519-767-4138 to discuss your proposal ideas or any questions regarding the templates.

GFO also strongly encourages partnerships amongst research institutions and with other funding agencies, where relevant. If you would like to discuss linkages with other funding programs, please give GFO a call.

For your submission, please complete both the Proposal template and the Budget template (both included under "Attachments" section below). Instructions are contained within the templates and Program Guide (in "Attachments" section). It is important to express how your research will benefit Ontario’s barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, and to use plain language when describing your project.

Note: If there is confidential content within your proposal, please identify the sensitive content clearly with “Confidential” at the beginning of the section.

Please submit completed research proposal documents by email in their original MS Word or MS Excel file formats to:

**Please refer to the Program Guide and all Appendices (1-3) to ensure your proposal meets the quality standards of the Research Committee review and for section examples of successful proposals.**

**Please ensure the correct application templates are being used. If you wish to apply to the Market Development Grains Innovation Fund Call for Proposals, please visit the Market Development page.**

For Questions, please contact

Natalie DiMeo, Research Coordinator

Office of Research

Carolyn Osborn, Director, Grants & Contracts
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52935

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