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.

Upcoming Calls for 2023-2024

Food Innovation Challenge #4

Cultivating a resilient food future: Developing the end-to-end Cellular Food capacity for Canadian global leadership.

Upcoming Info Session for the 2023-2024 Food Innovation Challenge program on February 9, 2023 from 12-1 pm EST.


Expression of Interest Open Date: February 13th, 2023
Expression of Interest Close: March 27th, 2023
Full Application Invites: April 26th, 2023
Full Application Deadline: May 24th, 2023
Notification of Award: July 24th, 2023

Food Innovation Challenge #5

For it’s 5th Challenge, CFIN is seeking disruptive solutions that assist food processors and distributors address:

  • Labour constraints
  • Shelf-life extensions
  • Side stream valorization
  • Energy input reduction or reuse
  • Input utilization and cost-efficiencies
  • New technologies for transforming food

Details for this call will be released in mid-March 2023.

Expression of Interest Open Date: April 3rd, 2023
Expression of Interest Close: May 10th, 2023
Full Application Invites: June 12th, 2023
Full Application Deadline: July 26th, 2023
Notification of Award: October 10th, 2023

Full call details and program guides will be available in January 2023. Information sessions will also be announced in the new year.

CFIN reserves the right to modify dates and themes as required.

Who can participate?

To qualify for funding, all project proposals for any call must be collaborative industry-led initiatives composed of:

  • A lead applicant and multiple partners, with a minimum of two private sector enterprises;
  • Active CFIN members;
  • At least one collaborator must be a small to medium sized enterprise partner; and,
  • All project partners must be incorporated in Canada.

Project size

The total eligible project costs should be between $1 million and $4 million, and the funding from CFIN will be up to 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.