Call for Letters of Intent: Dairy Farmers of Canada- Nutrition Research Funding Program


Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC)


Nutrition Research Funding Program

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Please visit the program’s website for


The objective of the Funding Program is to gain a better understanding of the specific role of dairy products in attaining and maintaining optimum health. DFC considers Funding Applications that have nutritional and health implications for Canadian dairy products and are relevant to Canadian dairy farmers, and has a special interest in research that will bring innovative and competitive dairy products with health benefits to market.

Special Note: Under an agreement reached between the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and DFC, proposals selected by DFC in its annual Nutrition Research Program competition could be submitted as a separate application to the NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants program.  Please consult the program guidelines for more details.

Priority Areas for Funding:

  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Metabolic Health
  • Healthy Weight and Body Composition
  • Optimal Nutrition and Function
  • Sustainability


Investigators proposing to undertake studies relevant to human health and who hold an academic appointment in a Canadian university. * A researcher cannot hold two grants for studies simultaneously at DFC for which he/she is the Principal Investigator.

Students and trainees are not eligible to act as co-investigators. Postdoctoral fellows may act as a co-investigator but will not be eligible to draw funds from the grant in such a case. 

Maximum Project Value

On average, $50,000 annually.  For projects that require more than $70,000 per year from DFC, it is strongly recommended that a co-funding source be identified.

Indirect Costs


Eligible Costs

  • Salaries (research personnel (excluding PI and Co-PI), technicians, research trainees, post docs)
  • Essential Equipment over $10,000
  • Supplies
  • Travel (maximum of $2,000 per year or 10% of Grant)

Project Duration

Maximum 2 years


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your Letter of Intent, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

For new Funding Applications, a Letters of Intent must be received by the DFC before the external deadline.  

How to Apply

**Researcher will be responsible for submitting the Letter of Intent to DFC in the manner outlined in the Program Guidelines.**

Please Note: The same investigator can submit more than one LOI. Regardless of how many Letters of Intent are approved, only one Grant Proposal per Principal Investigator can be submitted for final review. The same researcher can be co-investigator on no more than one additional Grant. Switching the names of Principal Investigator and co-investigators is not appropriate and may exclude the Letter of Intent or the entire Grant Proposal from further consideration.

Only Letters of Intent considered to have scientific merit and fit within current research priorities and funding capabilities of DFC, will be invited to complete a detailed Grant Proposal.  A final decision concerning the funding of the full Grant Proposal should be known by September 2016. 

For Questions, please contact

Dairy Farmers of Canada: Christiane d’Aragon
Tel: (514) 284-1092 ext 258

Office of Research

Meghan Grimes, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x54807

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