Ontario Pork - 2020/21 Call for Proposals


Ontario Pork


Ontario Pork is pleased to announce their Fall 2020 Call for Proposals. Ontario Pork recently completed a review of their research priorities and shifted focus from a priorities list to the overarching research objective: “Test potential improvements to swine industry practices”. 

All research projects that align with this overarching objective will be considered, including, but not limited to, swine health, swine welfare, swine nutrition, swine husbandry, swine reproduction, barn design and management, employee health and safety, meat quality and safety, marketing and consumer trends and environmental and economic sustainability. Highest priority is given to projects that demonstrate scientific merit as well as strong identification of the benefit of project results to Ontario pork producers and indication of input or support of a project from swine industry members outside of academia.



Maximum Project Value

There is no maximum value for the total project request to Ontario Pork. Consideration should be given to the total amount available in the research fund, which is approximately $500,000 per year, with an average request of $60,000 per project. In addition it should be noted that for single or multi-year projects, the total request is deducted from the annual research budget of the year the applicant was granted funding. 

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

The average project length is two years. 

Special Notes

If an approved project is based on securing funding from NSERC or other sources, and an application for those funds has not occurred within 3 months of notification of the OP funding approval, a contract from Ontario Pork may not be executed.

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.

Internal Deadline

Letter of Intent (LOI): PI to submit copy of LOI and budget template along with a completed OR-5 to: research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

Letter of Intent (LOI): PI to submit LOI through the LRIC System.

Internal Deadline

Full Proposal: Applicants invited to the full proposal stage will be notified the week of December 14th. If invited, PI to submit copy of full proposal and budget to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

Full Proposal: If invited, PI to submit full proposal to Ontario Pork electronically through the LRIC System.

How to Apply

Letters of Intent must be completed electronically through the Livestock Research and Innovation Corporation’s (LRIC) application management system. The system can be found at: www.livestockresearch.ca/research/

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).


For Questions, please contact

For further inquiries, please email Cristiane Mesquita at cristiane.mesquita@ontariopork.on.ca.

Office of Research

Kristin Gibson, Awards and Agreements Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x56257

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