Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance 2020/21 Special Initiatives Call for Full Proposals


Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance


The priority-driven Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance Research Program supports leading research aligned to support strong rural communities, keep our food safe, and develop a prosperous, environmentally sustainable agri-food sector in Ontario. The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance requests Full Proposals (FPs) that address OMAFRA’s Special Initiative priorities. Special Initiatives are part of the Ontario Agri-food Innovation Alliance Research Program and respond to specific research priorities set by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). These research needs are important for the Ministry and its stakeholders, and include, but are not limited to, breeding research, medium-term trials, synthesis, and modelling.

Each Special Initiative project has a clear description and outcomes which researchers must address in their Full Proposals. Unlike Tier I, they also have a designated budget amount and duration, which have been approved by the Ministry. For further information about the Special Initiative projects or how to apply, please visit the Alliance website and the 2020/21 Special Initiatives Program Guide (PDF, 720 KB).

NOTE: This will be a single-stage call. Full Proposals are due by Noon on May 1, 2020.

Information session

Join Kat Tisshaw via WebEx on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

Join via WebEx:

  • Meeting number: 793 557 135
  • Password: gEmCWvMD229 (43629863 from phones and video systems)
  • WebEx Link

Join by video system:

Join by phone:

  • Dial-in: 416-915-6530
  • Access code: 793 557 135


University of Guelph faculty members are eligible to be the lead applicant and/or a co-applicant on any Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance Research Program project. Adjunct faculty members may also apply if they are eligible to hold research funding at the University of Guelph.

Prior to receiving Alliance funding, lead applicants and co-applicants must be fully compliant with all reporting requirements for existing projects under the Alliance Research Program.

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

Call open: March 31, 2020

Full Proposals Due: May 1, 2020

Award decisions: by May 29, 2020


For Questions, please contact

If you have questions about the Call for Proposals, please contact:

Kat Tisshaw, Research Program Coordinator, 519-824-4120, Ext. 56863
Zach Telfer, Research Program Coordinator, 519-824-4120, Ext. 56877
Office of Research, Agri-Food Partnership
E-mail: rescoord@uoguelph.ca

If you have any questions regarding the Knowledge Transfer and Translation (KTT) plan, please contact:

Rebecca Moore, Senior Manager, Communications & Knowledge Mobilization
Office of Research, Agri-Food Partnership
519-824-4120, Ext. 56611
E-mail: r.moore@uoguelph.ca or kttadmin@uoguelph.ca

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