Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) – Food Innovation Challenge


The Food Innovation Challenge is a unique funding opportunity for Canadian food industry collaborators who want to spearhead transformative improvements that will propel the food sector forward and generate significant economic impact.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 50% of total eligible project costs. The total eligible project costs should be between $1 million and $4 million.

Funding will be provided on a reimbursement basis and CFIN will require a non-refundable project management fee of 5% of total project costs eligible for CFIN funding.


All project proposals must be:

  • collaborative industry-led initiatives that address at least one of CFIN’s innovation priorities; 
  • collaborations that consist of a lead applicant and multiple partners, each of whom is a member of CFIN; and, 
  • include at least one small to medium sized enterprise partner, project partners that are incorporated in Canada or working within Canadian research institutions.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit 2 years financials (audited, review engagement, or notice to reader).

Other Things to Note:

  1. The Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) is an industry-led, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to becoming the world-leading innovation network for food and beverage.
  2. Next Intake Spring 2022.

Guidelines updated August 2022.
CFIN’s Food Innovation Challenge is currently closed to new applications for 2022-2023.
2023-2024 Call details and deadlines will be released in December 2022.

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