Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance Tier 1 Research Program - Call for Full Proposals


Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance (OMAFRA/U of G Agreement)


The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance requests Full Proposals that address OMAFRA’s research priorities. Full Proposals must address research questions in the following research priority areas:

  • Protection and Assurance
    • Food Safety
    • Animal Health & Welfare
    • Plant Health & Protection
  • Stewardship
    • Soil Health
    • Water Quality & Quantity
    • Sustainable Production Systems
    • Productive Land Capacity
  • Economic Development
    • Competitive Production Systems
    • Innovative Products & Product Improvement
    • Trade, Market, Targeted Sector Growth Opportunities
    • Strong Rural Communities

For further information about this call, please visit the Alliance website and consult the OMAFRA Priorities document and the 2021 Tier I Program Guide.

A town hall information session will take place October 15, 2020 at 1:30 pm via Microsoft Teams:  Join the meeting on October 15 at this link: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting.  The presentation will be recorded and posted to the Alliance website. 

NOTE: The 2021 program will be a single-stage call. There is no letter of intent stage.  Full Proposals are due by 1:00 pm on December 2, 2020.  Intent information must be complete by November 16, 2020.


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 being awarded any new project(s) under the OMAFRA/UofG Agreement, lead applicants and co-applicants must be fully compliant with all reporting requirements for existing projects under the Alliance Research Program.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


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

External Deadline
  • Call open: October 5, 2020
  • Program town hall (information session): October 15, 2020
  • Intent information complete: November 16, 2020
  • Full Proposals due: December 2, 2020
  • Award decisions: March 2021
For Questions, please contact

If you have questions about the Call for Proposals, please contact Zach Telfer, Kat Tisshaw or Tania Etienne, Research Program Coordinators in the Office of Research (Agri-Food Partnership), at rescoord@uoguelph.ca

If you have questions related to industrial partner contributions, intellectual property, or commercialization please  contact Blake Helka (bhelka@uoguelph.ca) or Vanja Banks (vbanks@uoguelph.ca) from the Research Innovation Office.


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