Weston Seeding Food Innovation Grants 2019


George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited 


Seeding Food Innovation Grants 2019 Program Guidelines 


The Seeding Food Innovation Grants provide seed funding for innovative transdisciplinary research whose goal is to safely increase the production of food and other agricultural products, that will feed and nourish the growing population in ways that are environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable. Research outcomes should impact primarily Canadians, but also deliver key learnings towards issues of global concern.

Key Details

  • $1.5M of seed funding is available for interdisciplinary research or technology development that will help accelerate solutions to today’s sustainable food challenges.
  • Funding of up to $250,000 per project for up to two years.
  • Projects must be focused on Sustainable Intensification. The program defines this as research to increase the production of food and other agriculture products that will feed and nourish the growing population in ways that are environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable. Examples of focus areas include: Sustainable Agriculture, Aquaculture, Soil Microbiome and Food Safety among others.
  • Projects must demonstrate meaningful research partnerships and/or collaborations, with a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 10 additional collaborators, beyond the principal applicant. Potential partnerships might include different academic institutions/schools; not-for-profit organizations; public and private organizations or any combination of these.​
  • Host organizations must be CRA registered Donees in Canada.
  • Principal Applicants must be at the level of a Postdoctoral Fellow or higher or have an Administrative Supervisor that has a permanent post at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Principal Applicants should be based at a Canadian institution for at least 30% of their time.

Information Webinars

The Sponsor will host two information webinars:

  1. Register for Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 1:00pm EST.
  2. Register for Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 1:00pm EST.

Indirect Costs



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

External Deadline

An application requires the submission of the online Letter of Intent which will be reviewed by the Sponsor's scientific review committee. Following evaluation, applications that are deemed to be high potential projects will be invited to submit a Proposal. 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.

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.

For Questions, please contact

Email Food.Innovation@Weston.ca or call 416-965-5472.

Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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