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PROGRAMS

 



Rapid Response to Business Opportunities

Our Rapid Response programs are aimed at solving immediate impediments to commercialization of agricultural and agri-tech products or services. The Business Opportunities grant is intended to enable Ontario businesses in the sector respond quickly to global market opportunities and close business deals with real and established clients.

All grants are given on a reimbursement basis, with the submission of itemized eligible receipts and a trip report. The maximum grant amount for the Rapid Response to Business Opportunities program is $10,000 per application. Trips must take place before February 28, 2019.

The three primary criteria to qualify for our Rapid Response to Business Opportunity program are as follows:

  1. Prior contact and interaction between the Ontario business and another organization must have occurred. This prior interaction has required time, effort and investment on the part of the Ontario business and can be demonstrated, and there is a high potential to close business agreements based on the prior interaction between the companies.

  2. Benefit to Ontario's agriculture sector beyond your own profit margin 

  3. The opportunity must be innovative (innovative products, process, technology, services or new markets) in Ontario's agri-tech, agri-food and agri-products sector.

 So in a nutshell, the program requires that the purpose of the trip is a meeting of existing contacts to ensure or negotiate the sales of the innovative ag-sector product or process that benefits Ontario.
To apply email info@oaft.org



Rapid Response to Research Needs

**FILLED - next intake in April 2019**
Our Rapid Response programs are aimed at solving immediate impediments to commercialization of agricultural and agri-tech products or services. The Business Opportunities grant is intended to assist innovative Ontario businesses in the sector to access research expertise that will address a specific issue or problem that is limiting the commercialization of innovation in a short lifetime.

For Rapid Response to Research Needs, the eligibility requirements are as follows;

  • Project will connect Ontario businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators to the appropriate research capacity at a university, not-for-profit research institute or private research company.

  • Focused research effort can realistically be applied to a problem facing the applicant in order to get a resolution or answer within 6 months.

  • The project must relate to an opportunity that is innovative (e.g. innovative products, process, technology or service) in Ontario’s agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sector.

  • Solving the issue will help to advance the innovation to the next phase along a commercialization pathway.

The Rapid Response to Research Needs grant is a cost-sharing program, with the grant matching the applicant up to $20,000. Reimbursement is made with itemized receipts and a project results report. All research must be conducted by an eligible third party (university, industry lab, etc).



Capacity Building

**FILLED - next intake in April 2019**
Our Capacity Building grant offers up to $10,000 to help provide professional grant writing services, with the purpose of attracting R&D or capital assistance dollars from government programs and investors. Projects must be innovative in the agricultural sector and show benefit to Ontario.