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Alternative Renewable Fuels

seeds on displayExploration of new markets and new uses for bioproducts, alternative renewable fuels and their co-products will contribute to the long term sustainability of Ontario's agri-food, energy and rural sectors.

Investment in research will help position Ontario to take advantage of new technologies in these areas.

In 2008, with the advent of OMAFRA's Bioeconomy-Industrial Uses research theme, the Alternative Renewable Fuels 'Plus' Development Fund (ARF) was consolidated with the New Directions Research Program.

The objectives of the Alternative Renewable Fuels 'Plus' Research and Development Fund were to fund research that would:

  • enable continuous improvement in the alternative renewable fuels industry products and processes
  • promote agricultural value-added opportunities in the bioproducts and alternative renewable fuels industries in Ontario
  • assist alternative renewable fuels and biobased production facilities in Ontario to be major participants in these new worldwide markets

Life Sciences and Agri-Food Innovation Fund

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The growth and prosperity of Ontario's Agricultural, Food and related Life Science sectors depends on continuous innovation. In the road from the laboratory to the market place, a particularly difficult section is the transition from a new technology to a product able to attract financing for its commercial development. This has been recognized as the "pre-commercialization gap". The Life Sciences and Agri-food Innovation Fund promoted and accelerated the pre-commercialization development of new products and services in the Agri-food and related Life Science sectors in Ontario. The program provided funding for projects that clarified or enhanced the commercial value of existing intellectual property and made it more attractive to potential investors.

Nutrient Management Joint Research Program

Photo of Carlton Corner Farms digestor The Nutrient Management Joint Research Program was a program implemented in 2006 and 2007 that focused on the development of environmentally effective and scientifically robust management practice options for land application of agricultural and non-agricultural source materials in Ontario.

Research contributes to the continuous improvement of science-based standards and voluntary best management practices. Research provides up to date science based information for government decision making.

The research projects' outcomes under this program articulated the:

  • effectiveness of different land application practices to mitigate risk to water quality for different geographic and temporal scenarios, relevant to and of concern across the province
  • benefits and costs of incremental changes in a specific practice(s)
  • certainty or confidence to which findings and interpretations can be extrapolated across the province

2014-2015 Quebec-Ontario Cooperation for Agri-Food Research Competition

leaf and microscopeThis program offered funding for joint Ontario-Quebec projects supporting water management and integrated pest management research issues of interest to both provinces. One of the aims of the Ontario-Quebec Trade and Cooperation Agreement is to improve the competitive position of the agriculture and agri-processing sectors. Both provinces recognize the mutual benefits of developing common responses to the challenges facing these sectors. The Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) have therefore developed a joint research competition on research topics of mutual interest to both provinces. The competition objectives were as follows:

  • develop solutions to agri-food issues shared by Quebec and Ontario
  • encourage partnerships between Quebec and Ontario researchers
  • enhance graduate student training through internships in the cooperating province It is expected that the outcomes of the joint projects will be greater than can be achieved by projects undertaken independently in each province.

Search our Research and Innovation Project Summaries Inventory for information on these funded projects and many more.

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