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.

Current Call

CFIN’s Food Innovation Challenge is currently closed to new applications for 2022-2023.

2023-2024 Call details and deadlines will be released in December 2022.

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.