$2.5 million available to bring research ideas to market

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $2.5 million in three streams:  knowledge transfer, research synthesis and commercializing innovative ideas and solutions into marketable products. 


Through a new agreement with Bioenterprise Corporation, a national non-profit business accelerator, the Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative (OAFRI) is now accepting proposals. The deadline to submit applications is October 29, 2021. 


“Innovation drives the research that propels Ontario’s farmers and food processors forward, and OMAFRA is championing innovation to grow and build the sector for the future,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “The new Bioenterprise partnership and this investment in commercializing research will help bring new products to market faster and strengthen the agri-food sector, while supporting the economy by helping businesses expand, creating jobs, and increasing the competitiveness of Ontario-made products in the domestic and global marketplaces.” 


All proposals must align with one of 10 approved research priority areas:  food safety, animal health and welfare, plant health and protection, soil health, water quality and quantity, sustainable production systems, productive land capacity, competitive production systems, innovative products and product improvements, trade market and targeted sector growth opportunities.  


For eligibility details, link here: https://bit.ly/3EOXuFv


A virtual information session will occur October 4 at 2 pm. To RSVP, email research.omafra@ontario.ca


Source:  Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs September 24, 2021 news release

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