UP TO $2 MILLION FOR FOOD AND BEVERAGE INNOVATIONS
Support to Demonstrate New Solutions for Dealing with Labour Constraints
Canada’s Food Innovation Challenge is offering 50% grant funding up to $2 million to food and beverage members for collaborative, industry-led, development and innovation projects related to innovative disruptive solutions for:
- Labour constraints
- Shelf-life extensions
- Side stream valorization
- Energy input reduction or reuse
- Input utilization and cost-efficiencies
- New technologies for transforming food.
Funding is to support a broad range of R&D activities at Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 1 to 7. Projects are expected to result in the discovery of new knowledge that aims to support the development of new technology-driven products, processes, or services at early-stage TRLs (e.g., 1-4); and/or large-scale technology demonstration, including the advancement and development of new technologies into product-specific applications at TRLs 5-7. Projects undertaking higher TRLs (i.e., 8 and 9) may also be supported if part of the overall project.
Eligible expenses include but are not limited to project-related equipment purchases, subcontractor and consultant fees, materials costs, direct labour, property leasing, plus building expansion and/or upgrades.
Project partners must include one business with less the 500 employees and sales under $50 million, plus a minimum of two additional independent companies. All partners must provide financial and/or other resources to the project. Funding preference will be given to collaborations with numerous small to large business partners. Additionally, collaboration with not-for-profit groups, research centers and learning institutions is encouraged if these organizations are facilitating and undertaking private sector funded R&D.
Note that successful applicants must pay the organization administering the fund an upfront
contingency fee of 5% against the entire project budget.
Expressions of Interest will be accepted until Wednesday, May 10, 2023. Those subsequently invited to submit a full proposal will have until Monday, June 12, 2023, to do so.
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