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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.

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

  1. That the agricultural/agri-tech/agri-food product or process being sold represent an innovation in the field

  2. That the results of the trip offer a benefit to Ontario agriculture or agricultural economy

  3. That the business/sales meetings be pre-arranged (we can’t fund speculative trips, or trips that have already occurred)

 So in a nutshell, the program requires that the purpose of the trip is meet 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.