2019 Gryphon's LAAIR Funding Program
For More Information
For more detailed information please see the attached Program Guides or visit the Ontario Agri-food Innovation Alliance Gryphon's LAAIR page.
The Gryphon's LAAIR Funding Program provides financial support to University of Guelph researchers attempting to commercialize new technologies that will enrich Ontario's agri-food sector. Grants will be used to turn new technologies into innovations through disciplined, evidence-based market research, prototype development, product feature optimization, market analysis, business model design, value proposition enhancement, new venture creation, and customer discovery.
These grants provide targeted financial support to help researchers:
- Validate and confirm the market opportunity for a new technology by performing primary and secondary market research (Market Validation Grants).
- Develop and optimize a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) based on a new technology and remove any existing barriers that are preventing industry from adopting and commercializing such technology (Product Development Grants).
Applicants (Project Leaders) must be UofG faculty or an eligible Adjunct (Adjunct Eligibility Criteria) and eligible to hold Tri-council grants.
Project Leaders must be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of expertise related to the developmental needs of the new technology.
A total of $350,000 will be allocated to successful proposals using two types of grants.
Funds will be available to start projects after May 1, 2019.
Maximum Project Value
Market Validation Grants: no more than $20,000 each.
Product Development Grants: no more than $100,000 each.
Indirect costs (overhead) are zero (0%), therefore all funding will be allocated to the operational budget outlined in your grant proposal.
Market Validation Grants: preferentially less than one year but may be extended with justification.
Product Development Grants: maximum of three years duration.
Successfully funded and completed Market Validation Projects will have an increased probability of securing a Product Development Grant in the following year.
How to Apply
On-Line Application Process
Applications must be submitted on-line using the OMAFRA Research Management System (RMS).
A login and password are required. If you do not have an RMS account, please contact an IT advisor at email@example.com to obtain access to RMS.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact staff at the the Research Innovation Office (RIO) before applying to discuss the suitability of a potential proposal.
RIO Staff includes: David Hobson, Martin Ciuk, Rattan Gill,Gregor Lawson, Vanja Djukic, Dana McCauley or Steve De Brabandere.
Please review the Program Guides (attached) to understand the selection criteria used to evaluate your proposal.