What is the OAFRI Commercialization Stream?
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), through the Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative (OAFRI) under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), offers funding for commercialization and innovation that helps 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 Initiative is to conduct activities that enable and support the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector through market validation and product development.
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.
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 per project
Project Duration: Approximately 10 months
Eligible Costs: With some limitations (please reference the OAFRI Commercialization Stream – Call for Full Proposals (2021-22) 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: for-profit entities, not-for-profit entities, government (except federal and provincial) and non-government organizations, universities and colleges, and research institutions 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 OMAFRA key 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 and does not displace existing Ontario products.
How do I apply?
The application process is one phased. To apply, please complete the Application Workbook and Budget Workbook templates found in the Application Toolkit. Completed documents should be submitted using the OAFRI Intake Form.
Email, mail, in-person and facsimile (fax) submissions will not be accepted. Applications must be received by the submission deadline to be considered for funding. Please reference the OAFRI Commercialization Stream – Call for Full Proposals (2021-22) while completing your application.