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Request for Proposals 2017
The next round of Federal funding, formerly “Growing Forward”, for research is set to commence in spring 2018. The structure of the program, called “Next Policy Framework” has evolved, with national cluster formation being strongly encouraged. As such, OGWRI has agreed to pursue cluster formation, including our partners in the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN): British Columbia, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
The requirements under the Next Policy Framework are more rigorous than in the past, requiring the formation of a Science Advisory Board to oversee project selection and execution as well as peer review each submission. Each province will collect and approve submissions through their own funding body independently and these will be grouped into a national cluster package which will be submitted by the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network. The deadline to submit the overall national application is August 1, 2017.
OGWRI is now accepted pre-proposal applications for consideration for the Ontario portion of the national cluster under the Next Policy Framework. All proposals must align with at least one of the 2017 Research Priorities.
Please complete a pre-proposal application and submit it no later than April 2, 2017 to Eleanor Hawthorn at email@example.com. Late proposals will not be accepted.
Pre-proposals will be reviewed by the Board and Technical Committee once the deadline has passed.
Note: This funding is contingent on OGWRI receiving funding from OMAFRA for the R&ID portion of the Marketing Vineyard Improvement Program.
Enhance the profitability and sustainability of the Ontario grape and wine industry through directed and coordinated financing of research and development activities.
Ensure prosperous and sustainable growth within the Ontario grape and wine industry.
Ontario Grape and Wine Research Inc. is the culmination of a joint effort between the Grape Growers of Ontario, Wine Council of Ontario and the Winery Grower Alliance of Ontario. The objective of OGWRI is to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the Ontario grape and wine industry through directed and coordinated financing of research and development activities.
The Ontario Grape and Wine Research Incorporation draws its annual funding from levies assessed to its shareholders. These levies will fund agreed upon industry research in both viticulture, oenology and market research.
OGWRI has an industry representative board with two members from the Grape Growers, one member from the Wine Council and one member from the Winery Grower Alliance. In addition, an industry representative technical committee establishes and oversees research priorities. The Technical Committee is made up of a wide array of experience ranging from viticulture to winemaking to research.
OGWRI represents industry research requirements for over 140 winery members through the Wine Council and the Winery Grower Alliance as well as more than 450 active grape growers through The Grape Growers of Ontario. OGWRI is dedicated to ensuring prosperous and sustainable growth within the Ontario grape and wine industry.