Seeding Food Innovation Grants 2018 Program Announcement

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Seeding Food Innovation Grants 2018 Program Announcement

George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited recently announced the Seeding Food Innovation 2018 grant program. This program provides seedfunding for interdisciplinary research or technology development that help accelerate solutions to sustainable food challenges.  The thematic focus is on food production, distribution and consumption initiatives. Research outcomes should impact primarily Canadians, but also deliver key learnings towards issues of globalconcern.

Information Webinars:

  • June 13, 2018 – 1:00 pm EST
  • June 14, 2018 – 1:00 pm EST

Letter of Intent Deadline:

  • June 27, 2018 – 12:00 pm EST

Proposal Deadline:

  • October 9, 2018 – 1:00 pm EST

Award Announcement:

  • November 2018

Changes to the 2018 Seeding Food Innovation grant program

  • The maximum amount of funding available per project has been increased from $150,000 to $250,000.
  • There is an increased emphasis on the development of interdisciplinary research partnerships. As such, proposed projects must include at least one team member and interdisciplinarity will be viewed as an asset. Partnerships might include academic institutions/schools, not-for-profit organizations, public or private sector organizations or any combination of these.

 Funding & Eligibility

  • Funding of up to $250,000 per project is available for up to two years within the field of food innovation
  • Funding will only be awarded to institutions that are Canada Revenue Agency registered
  • Principal Applicants must be at the level of Postdoctoral Fellow or higher OR have an Administrative Supervisor that has a permanent post at recognised Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Principal Applicants should be based at a Canadian Institution for at least 30% of their time.

Potential Topics:

The following represents a list of possible ideas, but is no means intended to be comprehensive:

Agriculture Intensification Food Safety
Agricultural Economics Food Waste Reduction
Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning Meat Substitutes (e.g. artificial or plant-based proteins)
Agroecology Product Innovation
Biodiversity (as it relates to food production) Seed Systems
Blockchain Technology Soil Science
Changing Consumption Dynamics Sustainable Farming Practices
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Technology-based Intervention
Digital Epidemiology Vertical Farming
Food Nutrition Studies Water (for food production)

 Need More Info?

  • visit: https://westonsfi.smartsimple.ca
  • e-mail: food.innovation@weston.ca
  • call: 416-965-5472