What is the OAFRI Commercialization Stream?

OAFRI offers funding for commercialization and innovation to foster economic development of the sector, ensure protection and assurance in the sector, and provide stewardship of Ontario’s capacity to produce food. The objective of the Commercialization Stream is to conduct activities that enable and support the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector through market validation and product development. OAFRI supports the province’s Grow Ontario strategy which aims to increase the creation and adoption of innovations for the agri-food sector to enhance competitiveness, grow market opportunities and strengthen the sector against future disruptions.  


We’re looking for the most innovative Ontario-based agri-food and agri-tech organizations who are ready to transform their ideas into market-ready products and services. If that’s your organization, tell us about it.

OAFRI Commercialization Stream – Call for Full Proposals (2023-24)

This Initiative will engage Ontario-based organizations with promising discoveries to support the advancement of their research into the marketplace through two project types:

Project Type A: Market Validation Grants

Project Type B: Product Development Grants

Conduct market research to determine the size and quality of the market opportunity for a new and promising technology, product, or service with the goal of determining if there is any market potential before more research funds are spent on the technology.

Create prototypes, perform field trials, remove any barriers to a market launch or private sector adoption and optimize a minimum viable product that best meets the needs of customers. 

Funding Available: Up to $30,000 per project

Funding Available: $50,000-$150,000 in funding per project

Project Details

Project Duration: Up to 18 months

Eligible Costs: With some limitations (please reference the OAFRI Commercialization Stream – Call for Full Proposals (2023-24) for full details) this initiative can support the cost of; Internal employee labour; Consulting and professional service providers; Equipment; Consumables; Travel expenses, and other direct/indirect project costs.


Applicant organizations may include but are not limited to: Research bodies, industry organizations, Indigenous persons, municipal government, processors, service providers or retailers/wholesalers. This could include for-profit entities, not-for-profit entities, non-government organizations, universities and colleges based in Ontario.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be located in Ontario.
  • Have project activities and costs that take place in Ontario with project partners and service providers located in Ontario.
  • Have projects that address at least one of the Ontario Agriculture Research Priority Areas, and the Initiative objectives.
  • Be operating in the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sectors, including technology or equipment suppliers.
  • Have a product/technology/service that is unique to Ontario.

Still unsure if you’re eligible? Complete the initial relevance screen here.


Proposal Process

Tools & Templates

How do I apply?

The proposal process is one phased. To apply, please complete the Proposal Workbook and Budget Workbook templates found in the Tools & Templates. Completed documents should be submitted using the OAFRI Intake Form.

Email, mail, in-person and facsimile (fax) submissions will not be accepted. Proposals must be received by the submission deadline to be considered for funding. Please reference the OAFRI Commercialization Stream – Call for Full Proposals (2023-24) while completing your proposal.

OAFRI Recipient Success Story Videos

OAFRI is funded by the Governments of Canada and Ontario through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), a five-year, federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

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