Food Safety Research Program

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This program offers funding for research that will further Ontario's food safety system.

Program status: This program is currently closed.

Program overview

The Food Safety Research Program is an open, competitive research fund which enhances food safety in Ontario through innovative research. The program addresses the Ministry's Emergency Management Research Theme which seeks to lessen the frequency and impact of agri-food emergencies. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) strives to fund demand-driven research that has ready receptors in policy, programs or the marketplace.

Since 2001, the program has allocated over $10 million to 114 projects at different institutions, resulting in:

  • new or enhanced technologies that support the agri-food industry and government regulatory and laboratory programs
  • new information about emerging food hazards and contaminants
  • new strategies to reduce, eliminate or otherwise manage food safety risks

Research priorities

The Food Safety Research Program addresses the Ministry's Emergency Management Research Theme. Research needs specific to food safety have been identified in three priority areas for the 2017-18 call. Applicants' research should address at least one specific research need within one of these three priority areas:

  • Pathway analysis
  • Detection and surveillance
  • Prevention and control of disease

Who is eligible

The Food Safety Research Program gives funding to researchers with demonstrated capacity to perform quality research from:

  • business and industry
  • colleges and universities
  • government - municipal, provincial (non-Ontario) and federal
  • hospitals
  • non-government organizations
  • research institutes and foundations

Applicants outside the province of Ontario can apply but must indicate how their proposed research will benefit Ontario's agri-food sector and rural communities.

Note: you are ineligible to apply as Lead Applicant if you are:

  • staff from the Ontario provincial government
  • a researcher who has received prior funding and have an outstanding progress report

Funding amount and project duration

  • Maximum funding per project: $150,000 Canadian (includes a maximum of 25% indirect costs)
  • Project duration: Up to three years in length

How to apply


For questions about the program contact:

Cassandra Lofranco

Phone: 519-826-4248

For questions about the Research Management System contact:

RMS Administrator


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