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CFIN and Ontario Genomics launches first regional cellular ag competition

December 8, 2021  By Food in Canada staff

With a potential result of food innovations that will create billions in economic value for Canada and environmental benefit for the world, the Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) and Ontario Genomics announce AcCELLerate-ON, Canada’s first regional cellular agriculture competition.

Designed to spark food innovation, this $700,000 program will support the research and development of viable food production methods such as cell culture, precision fermentation, tissue engineering, scaffolding and hybridizing production capabilities.

“With this first regional cellular agriculture competition, CFIN and Ontario Genomics are challenging traditional production methods to find new innovative ways to bring food to the table, to the benefit of the environment and all Canadians,” said François-Philippe Champagne, minister of innovation, science and industry.


CFIN and Ontario Genomics are issuing an “Open Call for Applications” for genomics and engineering biology-enabled proposals, including those in the social sciences, to solve industry and other end-user identified challenges within and across the Ontario cellular agriculture, food and beverage ecosystems. This program is open to Ontario-led innovators and collaborative teams (i.e. teams comprising industry, academia, industry-academia, industry-industry or industry-other) that are in the position to address the identified challenge and implement the outcomes from the project.

Applications are accepted until February 28, 2022. The 12-18 month project will start on May 1, 2022.

For more details visit and attend the December 14th AcCELLerate-ON online info session. |READ MORE

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