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Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative




The Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative offers funding for research that stimulates innovation to support the growth and competitiveness of Ontario’s agri-food sector, promotes food safety and strengthens rural communities.

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to receive funding you must have demonstrated capacity to perform quality research and be:

  • A university or college
  • A research organization, institute, or foundation
  • An industry organization or business
  • A non-government organization
  • A government or government agency*
  • Lead applicant must be located in Ontario. Researchers outside the province of Ontario may collaborate on research projects

* Federal and provincial government researchers are not eligible to receive funding; but are eligible to collaborate on projects.

* Researchers with an outstanding progress report for previous OMAFRA-funded research are not eligible to receive funding under this initiative until outstanding reports are submitted.

Eligible Expenses

  • Food Safety
  • Global Market Analysis
  • Automation – Barriers and Adoption by the Sector
  • Bio-Based Production Systems

Deadline Date

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Contact Name: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - Ontario

E-mail Address:


Industry: Agriculture, Location: Ontario ,
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