Grain Farmers of Ontario - 2021 call for letters of intent


Grain Farmers of Ontario


Barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat research


Investment in research is a long-term strategic initiative of the Grain Farmers of Ontario. Their goal is to target the research and innovation investments toward opportunities that will enhance their farmer members’ returns. Please review the Grain Farmers of Ontario Research Priorities and the Research Project Database outlining current and past Grain Farmers of Ontario research investments.

The purpose of this call for Letters of Intent (LOI) is to allow researchers to convey a project concept with an estimated budget so that Grain Farmers of Ontario has the chance to screen project ideas and provide feedback prior to requesting the full proposals for successful LOIs.

Each year a portion of the $1.8 million research budget is available to fund new projects. For the GFO 2021 Call for Letters of Intent they will be accepting barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat project ideas targeting one or more specific priorities within their four broad priority areas as described in the Research Priorities document: Agronomy & Production; Weed, Disease & Insect Pests; Breeding & Genetics; and Crop Utilization & Crop Quality.
Grain Farmers of Ontario 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 call GFO.

It is important to express specifically how the research idea will benefit Ontario’s barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers and to use plain language when describing the project. If there is confidential content within the proposal, please identify the sensitive content clearly with “Confidential” at the beginning of the section.

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

Please refer to the Office of Research COVID 19 web-page for directives related to research activities at the University of Guelph.


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

External Deadline

Applicants must submit the LOI electronically using the template provided on the GFO website.

Internal Deadline

For those invited to full proposal, submit your OR5 form and a copy of the full-proposal to the Office of Research Services by email

External Deadline

Full proposal is due to GFO.

For Questions, please contact

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Paul Barnard, Research Coordinator at or 519-767-4138. 

Office of Research

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

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