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OMAFRA currently invests over 60 million annually in research and innovation through a number of programs in the following seven theme areas:

  • Agricultural and Rural Policy
  • Bioeconomy-Industrial Uses
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Food for Health
  • Product Development and Enhancement Through Value Chains
  • Production Systems - Animals and Plants

This funding supports eight, theme-based research programs under the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance (OMAFRA-University of Guelph Agreement) and the related infrastructure (three agricultural colleges campuses and 14 research stations) helps build core capacity in agri-food research.

Open programs such as Food Safety and New Directions address various combinations of the above theme areas and address emerging issues and shorter term priorities.

Research Programs

Flexible program aimed at creating new and alternative products and technologies and solutions to support the agri-food industry and help it expand into new markets at home and abroad

Addresses the food safety component of the Emergency Management research theme by supporting new method development, risk assessment and methods of mitigating those risks

This program offers funding for joint Ontario-Quebec projects supporting climate change research issues of interest to both provinces

  • Eight research programs addressing all seven themes (Production Systems has 2 programs - Plants and Animals)
  • Principal Investigator must be faculty of staff from the University of Guelph but there are opportunities for collaboration

Including: Alternative Renewable Fuels, Life Science and Agri-Food Innovation Fund, Nutrient Management Joint Research Program, 2014-2015 Quebec-Ontario Cooperation for Agri-Food Research Competition

Other Provincial and Agri-Food and Rural Research Programs

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