Announcement for the 2012-13 New Directions Research Program Call for Letters of Intent

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Author: Josie Di Felice

Posted: October 10, 2012

Categories: Food Strategies / News from Sustain Ontario / Nouvelles / Research

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is now inviting proposals for its 2012/2013 New Directions Research Program.

The purpose of the New Directions Research Program is to stimulate the sustainable growth and competitiveness of Ontario’s agri-food sector and rural communities through investment in innovative and high quality research in partnership with industry, rural communities/organizations, other levels of government and research institutions.

Proposal are solicited that will generate new knowledge and/or technologies in the following areas: bioeconomy, local food, rural policy and water management.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

Who May Apply
We invite universities, research institutes, industry, government agencies and partnership networks with demonstrated capacity to perform quality research to submit a Letter of Intent. Applicants outside the province of Ontario are eligible but must clearly indicate how their proposed research will benefit Ontario’s agri-food sector.
How to Apply
The application process has two stages:
          Letter of Intent (LOI)
          Full Proposal (by invitation only for successful LOIs)
Researchers apply to the program using the Research Management System (RMS), OMAFRA’s online system for managing and administering Ministry-funded research programs. If you have previously applied to a research program through the RMS, log in to your Researcher Workbench to access the Call documents and application form.
If you have not previously applied to a Ministry-funded research program through the RMS, you will need to register to create a user profile before you can apply:
Click here if you are a Public Sector applicant (colleges, universities, hospitals and governments)
– Click here if you are a Private Sector applicant (from businesses, industry organizations, commodity groups etc.)
Pre-submission Consultation
Date:  Monday, October 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Location: OMAFRA, 1 Stone Road West Guelph. Conference Center Room Three
Attendance: In person or by Webex
To register: contact Wilma Macfarlane ( and indicate if you will join in person or by webinar
More Information about the Program and the Call
          New Directions Call for LOI information
          The Research Management System