Seeding Food Innovation 2018 Grant Program Open Call

Mon. Jun. 11, 2018

George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited are pleased to announce the Seeding Food Innovation 2018 grant program. This program provides seed funding for interdisciplinary research or technology development that help accelerate solutions to sustainable food challenges.  Their thematic focus is on food production, distribution and consumption initiatives. Research outcomes should impact primarily Canadians, but also deliver key learnings towards issues of global concern.

The deadline for letters of intent is Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 12:00 pm EST.

Changes to the 2018 Seeding Food Innovation grant program

  • The maximum amount of funding available per project has been increased from $150,000 to $250,000.
  • There is an increased emphasis on the development of interdisciplinary research partnerships. As such, proposed projects must include at least one team member and interdisciplinarity will be viewed as an asset. Partnerships might include academic institutions/schools, not-for-profit organizations, public or private sector organizations or any combination of these.

Funding & Eligibility

  • Funding of up to $250,000 per project is available for up to two years within the field of food innovation
  • Funding will only be awarded to institutions that are Canada Revenue Agency registered
  • Principal Applicants must be at the level of Postdoctoral Fellow or higher OR have an Administrative Supervisor that has a permanent post at recognised Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Principal Applicants should be based at a Canadian Institution for at least 30% of their time.

Potential Topics:

The following represents a list of possible ideas, but is no means intended to be comprehensive:

Agriculture Intensification

Food Safety

Agricultural Economics

Food Waste Reduction

Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning

Meat Substitutes (e.g. artificial or plant-based proteins)


Product Innovation

Biodiversity (as it relates to food production)

Seed Systems

Blockchain Technology

Soil Science

Changing Consumption Dynamics

Sustainable Farming Practices

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Technology-based Intervention

Digital Epidemiology

Vertical Farming

Food Nutrition Studies

Water (for food production)

  • Information Webinars:
    • June 13, 2018 – 1:00 pm EST
    • June 14, 2018 – 1:00 pm EST

Applicants may indicate their interest in joining the information webinar by sending an email to

  • Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline:                Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – 12:00pm EST
  • Proposal Deadline:                                    Tuesday, October 9, 12:00pm EST
  • Award Announcement                              November 2018

Previous Awards

To find out more about projects awarded in 2016 and 2017, you can read the lay abstracts on

For more information, and to apply online for a Seeding Food Innovation 2018 grant, please visit




We welcome inquiries about our funding at or 416-965-5472.