Ontario Agri-food Innovation Alliance: New Timelines for 2020/21 Tier 1 Proposal Process


Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance


The 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.  

It is the goal of the Alliance to start and complete the Tier I Research Proposal Process earlier in the academic year, to allow researchers more time to recruit graduate students and prepare for the field season. Researchers should be aware of the new anticipated timeline below, so they can appropriately prepare for the 2020/21 call.

Anticipated Timeline for the 2020/21 Tier I Research Program:

  • Program Launch: Mid July 2020
  • Single Stage Call with Full Proposals Due: Mid-September 2020
  • Award Notification: Late January 2021

Dates are dependent on receiving the Research Priorities from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Further updates will be sent out once the timeline is confirmed.​


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.

For Questions, please contact

Kat Tisshaw, Research Program Coordinator
Zach Telfer, Research Program Coordinator
Office of Research, Agri-Food Partnership
E-mail: rescoord@uoguelph.ca

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