OMAFRA research partnerships: innovation that drives growth
What kind of research does your business need to compete and grow?
How should OMAFRA prioritize research funding for a strong, vibrant
Are there common industry challenges that research could address?
If you have answers to these questions, the OMAFRA
Research Advisory Network (ORAN) wants to hear from you! ORAN
was established in 2009 to communicate with industry stakeholders
on an ongoing basis to ensure research priorities are on target
and funding goes where it is most needed. OMAFRA currently allocates
funding to universities, institutions and industry for research
designed to strengthen the agri-food sector and Ontario communities.
Key funding programs include:
- Open to universities, institutions and private companies, this
program is designed to create new and alternative products or
technologies to stimulate the sustainable growth and competitiveness
of Ontario's agri-food sector.
- Since 1999, the New Directions Research Program has sponsored
247 research projects totalling more than $20 million. These projects
include soybeans with higher isoflavone levels, a new probiotic
yogurt, and mushrooms designed to yield pharmaceutical compounds.
Industry research partners are eligible to share in $7.6 million
in annual funding through OMAFRA's collaborative research agreement
with the University of Guelph.
Key Research Themes
Strategic themes guide OMAFRA funded research including:
Food for Health
OMAFRA looks to researchers, producers and processors to help advance
the health of Ontarians by developing better food products, particularly
in areas such as nutraceuticals, functional foods, healthy consumer
choices and age-related diets. The DHA-enriched milk and omega-3
eggs now on supermarket shelves are two examples of innovative new
products developed with funding under this theme.
Food for Health high-level priorities include:
- Agriculture and food for health
- Consumers and healthy choices
- Understanding linkages between food and health
- Policy, regulations, investment and the economy
- Healthy Designer Functional Foods
Product Development and Enhancement through Value Chains
When researchers and food processors collaborate, new and improved
products and processes result. The value they create increases the
competitiveness of Ontario companies and contributes as many as
6,000 jobs per year to the provincial economy.
High-level priorities related to product development include:
- Emerging opportunities
- Food safety, Traceability and Other Certifications
High-level priorities related to value-chain enhancement include:
- Relationship/Business Models
- Marketing Intelligence Opportunities
- Human Resource Capacity
OMAFRA is committed to improving Ontario's economic competitiveness
through focused, collaborative research that meets the needs of
industry and local communities. If you are an industry stakeholder,
contact ORAN at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas and comments,
and let's put research to work.
For more information:
Telephone: 1-888-466-2372, Ext. 64554
We're here to help!
To find out how the Business Development Branch, Ontario Ministry
of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs can provide you with knowledge,
connections, and resources to help you grow your business, call
toll-free at 1-888-466-2372 extension 63795 or e-mail at email@example.com.