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Call for Proposals

2019-21 Digital Agriculture Research Fund

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Digital technologies have transformed the way we live, connect, work, and play. Now, they’re transforming the way we eat and how our food is produced, and Food from Thought is at the forefront of that revolution.

We’re inviting eligible University of Guelph faculty to submit proposals to lead this shift in the ag space through cutting-edge digital agricultural research – not only elevating the University’s reputation for research excellence, but also helping solidify Canada as a global leader in safe, nutritious, and sustainable food for the 21st century.

This $1 million research fund will support research projects up to two years in duration in the following three priority focus areas:

  1. Development of new and innovative digital, data-driven applications, analytics, and decision-support tools for the agri-food sector that make use of, or create, advanced technologies and approaches;
  2. Advancements in, and contributions to, the development of integrated research data platforms and/or databases that allow for, and better support, cross-discipline analyses and large-scale/comprehensive research questions; and,
  3. Research on advancements, best practices, risks, and barriers in the governance and management of agri-food and biodiversity data, including areas such as confidentiality, transparency, accessibility, and standards and regulations, among others.

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 14, 2019, 11:59 pm
Notification of Award: March 1, 2019
Project Start Date: April 1, 2019

See the following attachments for detailed submission instructions and accompanying documentation:
Digital Ag Research Fund Proposal Instructions
Digital Ag Research Fund Proposal Form
Digital Ag Research Fund Proposal Budget

We are hosting a Town Hall for the call for proposals on November 26, 2018 at 10:00am.

To view Food from Thought’s currently funded projects, please visit our Crop Science, Livestock, Pathogens and Food Safety, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, and Integrated Food Systems research pages.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact