OMAFRA Ontario Agri-food Research Initiative 2023-24


The initiative is jointly funded by the Governments of Canada and Ontario under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative.


2023-2028 Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative



The Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative (OAFRI) provides funding for agri-food research and innovation projects in Ontario, which is a key pillar of the Grow Ontario Strategy. The OAFRI program strives to create an application process that adheres to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigenization. The goals of the initiative are to:

  • fund demand-driven research and innovation activities in the agri-food sector
  • support the sector’s resiliency and facilitate sustainable growth
  • improve knowledge or technology to address business challenges
  • expand market opportunities locally and globally

Funding Streams

OAFRI has four funding streams to support research and innovation projects aimed at providing solutions for Ontario’s agri-food sector (such as new knowledge, technologies, products or practices).

The four streams are categorized based on technology readiness levels (TRLs). Use the TRL as a reference to determine the appropriate OAFRI stream for your application. The four streams are:

  • applied research - Intake is open. The external deadline is January 11, 2024 (see deadlines below)
  • pilot and demonstration -  Intake is open. The external deadline is January 11, 2024 (see deadlines below)
  • commercialization -Intake is open. The external deadline is January 11, 2024 (see deadlines below)
  • knowledge translation and transfer (KTT) - Intake is currently closed for the KTT stream. Please refer to upcoming intake dates for more information.

For all streams, your application must align with at least one of the research priorities outlined in the specific stream intake guidelines.

Review funding streams and how to apply for more information on the four streams. 


To be eligible for funding, the lead applicant must:

  • be located in Ontario
  • demonstrate their capacity to perform quality research and innovation activities
  • be part of:
    • a university or college
    • a research organization, institute or foundation
    • an industry organization or business
    • a non-government organization
    • a municipal or indigenous government or government agency

Indirect Costs

Up to 25% - please review eligible costs under each stream

Special Notes

Virtual information session

OMAFRA will hold a virtual information session (webinar) on November 14, 2023, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Staff from OMAFRA and Bioenterprise will:

  • provide an overview of the program
  • explain the streams and priorities
  • answer your questions about the application process and research priorities

Register to attend this session and get webinar details.


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application (PDF copy), along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

Application submitted to Sponsor by PI (see stream details for application submission details)

How to Apply

Visit the OAFRI website for details on how to apply to each stream.

For Questions, please contact


For more information about this initiative, email us at

Office of Research

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

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