Type of Program:



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.

When It Ends:

Intake opens in Spring 2022


Next deadlines to be determined


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.

Applications Steps:


Project partners must register for a free CFIN membership through


There is a two-stage application process for this call for proposals.

  • applicants will first submit a letter of intent (LOI);
  • selected applicants will then be invited to complete a full proposal.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 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. 2
    Next Intake Spring 2022.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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