Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
The Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative offers funding for research that stimulates innovation to support the growth and competitiveness of Ontario's agri-food sector, promotes food safety and strengthens rural communities.
The new research initiative combines and builds on the success of OMAFRA's former New Directions and Food Safety Research Programs. The new Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative will be jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).
OMAFRA strives to fund demand-driven research that has ready receptors in policy, programs or the marketplace. New knowledge and technologies help Ontario's agri-food sector businesses address challenges and expand market opportunities locally and globally.
Research Priority Areas
Priorities may shift annually and reflect key opportunities and challenges facing the agri-food sector and rural communities. Priorities for the 2019-20 call are:
- Food Safety
- Global Market Analysis
- Automation - Barriers and Adoption by the Sector
- Bio-Based Production Systems
Please review the details of the above priority areas to ensure that your proposal is within scope and addresses one or more of the specific research questions.
Town Hall: An information session (webinar and in-person) will be held at 1 Stone Road W, Guelph (Conference Centre 1) on December 11, 2019 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. to provide information about the application process and priorities. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OMAFRA invites universities and colleges, not-for-profit research institutions, and for-profit and not-for-profit groups/organizations (including agri-food commodity groups), with demonstrated capacity to perform quality research, to submit a full proposal. Lead Applicants must be located in Ontario and the proposed research must benefit Ontario's agri-food system and/or rural communities. Researchers outside the province of Ontario may collaborate on research projects. Federal, provincial, and territorial government researchers, departments, ministries or agencies, and any employees thereof, are not eligible to receive funding from this Initiative but are eligible to collaborate on research projects.
Project collaborators may include but are not limited to: for-profit entities, not-for-profit entities, government and non-government organizations, universities and colleges, and research institutions.
Note: Researchers who have received funding from OMAFRA but have outstanding required reports are not eligible for funding under this Initiative until OMAFRA has received and approved the outstanding reports.
Maximum of $150,000 in eligible costs per project (including 25% indirect costs). OMAFRA strongly encourages applicants to obtain leveraged funds for this initiative.
Up to 33 months. A project cannot start prior to the date that OMAFRA approves the project. This date will be confirmed in the Research Funding Agreement. Eligible costs can only be incurred, invoiced and paid for on or after the start date. Projects must be completed no later than January 31, 2023.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Proposal due to OMAFRA. Electronic submission via the RMS system will be completed by the Office of Research Services after administrative review and approval.
How to Apply
The Research Management System (RMS) is OMAFRA’s on-line system for managing applications of Ministry-funded research programs and initiatives. Registering and logging into the RMS will take you to your Researcher Workbench where you can access all of the documents you need to understand and apply to this initiative. The 2019-20 Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative call for proposals is a single stage application process (Full Proposal submission).
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