FOOD INNOVATION CHALLENGE

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  • your company has a breakthrough food innovation opportunity that can benefit from support

  • you have a new ingredient, product, technology, service or process that is ripe for further research, development or commercialization

  • you’re a thought leader in automation, robotics, or food safety and want collaborators

  • you’re looking for opportunities to invest in innovation

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Who can participate?

Canadian business-led collaborations (with at least one SME) keen to ignite transformative innovation.

 

All project partners must be incorporated in Canada, or working within Canadian research institutions, and be CFIN members.

All applicants must be CFIN members and submit their application online at: 

https://cfin-rcia.smartsimple.ca/

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Project size

Our competitive, merit-based process will review projects ranging from $1M to $4M.

Project teams are required to contribute 50% of total eligible project costs and to provide a project management fee of 5% of total eligible project costs.

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2022 - 2023 Call Themes

The 2022-2023 calls will have the following themes:

  • Digitization and digitalization solutions that create safer, more secure, and more agile food supply chains. (Spring/Summer 2022)

  • Plastics Solutions for Food: Reduction, Replacement, and Recyclability (Fall 2022 – More details to come)

 

See the Applicant Guide – Call Overview linked below for full details on the Spring/Summer 2022 Call Theme and application questions.

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Timeline (key dates)

The below dates correspond to the Digitization and digitalization solutions that create safer, more secure, and more agile food supply chains call for proposals

 

Letter of intent application opens –June 1, 2022

Info Session – June 7, 12-1 EST

Letters of intent due: July 7, 2022

Full proposals due: September 16, 2022

Projects start: November 1, 2022

Projects complete - no later than Mar 31, 2025

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