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.

The deadline to apply is January 23, 2020

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.

Click here for more information about the program.

An information session (webinar and in-person) will be held at 1 Stone Road W, Guelph (Conference Centre 1) on December 11, 2019 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. to provide information about the application process and priorities. Please RSVP to research.omafra@ontario.ca.