Ontario Agri-Food Technologies Rapid Response to Research Needs (2022)

  • This program is currently closed.


The Business Opportunities grant is a cost-sharing program intended to assist innovative Ontario businesses in agriculture and agri-tech sectors to access research expertise that will address a specific issue or problem that is limiting the commercialization of innovation in a short lifetime.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $20,000 matching the applicant’s funding (cost-sharing). Reimbursement is made with itemized receipts and a project results report.


Applicants must:

  • Be Ontario-based businesses,
  • Be operating in agriculture and agri-tech sectors.

Project eligibility requirements:

  • The project must connect Ontario businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators to the appropriate research capacity at a university, not-for-profit research institute or private research company.
  • Focused research effort can realistically be applied to a problem facing the applicant in order to get a resolution or answer within 6 months.
  • The project must relate to an opportunity that is innovative (e.g. innovative products, process, technology or service) in Ontario’s agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sector.
  • Solving the issue will help to advance the innovation to the next phase along a commercialization pathway.

Other Things to Note:

  1. OAFT LinkedIn profile has the mention closed attached to its name “OAFT (closed)”. Website no longer available and no Facebook page either.
  2. Program no longer active at the beginning of 2021.

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