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Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) Grant Program

What is the Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) Program?

The Agri-Technology Commercialization Centre's (ATCC) AIR Program is a funding program to increase private sector adoption and commercialization of innovative research created by Ontario universities, colleges and industry for the agriculture and agri-food sectors.

Note: Innovators working at the University of Guelph and/or Humber College are not eligible to apply to this program.

Principles and Objectives:

  • Supports innovation
  • Addresses a critical knowledge gap or barrier to the development, adoption, or commercialization of a technology
  • Demonstrates or validates market pull
  • Addresses Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) research theme priorities and innovation objectives of the ATCC
  • Lead has an appropriate team assembled
  • Lead must be eligible


Additional program details, including eligible project types, are described in the 2017 Program Application Guide.

How do I apply?

Application Process:

Bioenterprise is working in collaboration with OMAFRA on the application intake process for the ATCC AIR Program. Interested innovators are asked to complete an “on-line application” using OMAFRA’s Research Management System (RMS). For more information on how to use RMS & how to apply, please visit http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/research/rms/rms.html.

Application Details:

Applicants must create an RMS account prior to submission;

Option 1 is for those with Research Offices that need to approve submissions in advance. If an institution has never applied to OMAFRA program, administrators will need to create Research Office accounts. Details on this process can be found here: https://omafra.smartsimple.ca/files/424623/f94771/omafra_researcher_reg.html?cat=2109;

Option 2 is for those without a Research Office, so any industry applicants. Details on this process can be found here: https://omafra.smartsimple.ca/files/424623/f94771/omafra_researcher_reg.html?cat=2099;

Applicants must submit their Commercialization Project Summary (CPS) using the OMAFRA RMS;

URL: https://omafra.smartsimple.ca/s_Login.jsp

Please contact RMS Admin at RMS@ontario.ca if you do not have access to the RMS system. The CPS focuses on the “What, Why, Who, When, Where, and How” pertaining to the project and technology.


Application Deadline: September 18, 2017, 4:30 PM


For further details or questions about the 2017 applications, please email Jessica Bowes, Manager Business & Technology Analyst Group.


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