Weston Seeding Food Innovation 2017 Grant


George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited 


Seeding Food Innovation Grants Program

For More Information

Please refer to the Funding Guidelines or visit http://www.weston.ca/en/Funding-Guidelines.aspx for more detailed information about this grant program.


Seed funding will be provided for trans-disciplinary research proposals that address food and health challenges that will impact Canadians and are of global concern OR offer debt/equity investments to business-focused projects that have a real social impact both in Canada and globally.


  • Funding will only be awarded to institutions that are Canada Revenue Agency registered
  • Principal Applicants must be at the level of Postdoctoral Fellow or higher OR have an Administrative Supervisor that has a permanent post at recognised Canadian post-secondary institution
  • To be most effective, projects should involve teams of partners to provide a trans-disciplinary approach. Partnerships could be with university-based researchers, the private sector, civil society organizations, or community organizations.

Funding Availability

  • Funding of up to $150,000 per project is available for up to two years within the field of food innovation

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

  • Funding available for both research as well as early-stage ventures. After the LOI stage, research proposals will follow a different evaluation stream than applications seeking a debt/equity investment.
  • Funds are provided contingent on meeting milestones. If your project is selected, funds are provided in tranches as experimental milestones are successfully completed.
  • The application process is interactive. You will likely receive feedback on your application and may be asked to consider making modifications.
  • Many projects are declined at the Letter of Intent (LOI) stage. Only ~15% of LOIs are invited to the Proposal phase, so that applicants and reviewers spend their time on Proposals that have an excellent chance of being funded.
  • Weston provides more than funding. Our grantees may also benefit from expert advice from our scientific advisors, suggestions from seasoned retail executives with deep experience into customers needs, and networking opportunities.


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

External Deadline

Please submit the LOI to the Sponsor through their online system: https://westonsfi.smartsimple.ca/s_Login.jsp

Internal Deadline

If invited to submit a full application based on the results of the LOI round, please submit the complete application package along with a signed OR-5 form to resserv@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

Please submit the full application to the Sponsor.

How to Apply

The application process consists of two stages: Letters of Intent (LOI) and Proposal. Only applicants who submit an LOI may be invited to submit a full proposal to enter the second stage.

To submit an Application, go to the online application system.

For Questions, please contact

Food.Innovation@Weston.ca or 416-965-5435

Office of Research

Carolyn Osborn, Director, Grants & Contracts
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52935

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