Food Innovation Challenge

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.

Who can participate?

To qualify for funding, all project proposals for any call must be:

  • Collaborative industry-led initiatives;
  • 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

Project size

The total eligible project costs should be between $1 million and $4 million, and the maximum level of matching funding from CFIN will be 50% of total eligible project costs.

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.

2022 - 2023 Call Themes

There is a two-stage application process for the program.

  1. Applicants will first submit a letter of intent (LOI)
  2. Selected applicants will then be invited to complete a full proposal.

The 2022-2023 calls will have the following themes:

  • Plastics Solutions for Food: Reduction, Replacement, and Recyclability (Opening September 1, 2022).
  • Digitization and digitalization solutions that create safer, more secure, and more agile food supply chains. (Closed to Submissions)

Click on the Program Documents link for the Program Guide and Applicant Guide – Call Overview for full details on the theme and application questions.

Timeline (key dates)

The below dates correspond to the Plastics Solutions for Food: Reduction, Replacement, and Recyclability call for proposals.

Letter of intent application opens: September 1, 2022

Letters of intent due: October 11th, 2022 at 11:59PM EST

Full proposals due: December 16th, 2022 at 11:59PM EST

Projects start: January 1, 2023

Projects complete: No later than Mar 31, 2025