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Grant Opportunity: Food Innovation Research Studio (FIRSt)

The Food Innovation Research Studio (FIRSt) is based out of George Brown College in Toronto. Their purpose it to work with food companies to offer support for product development, food safety, shelf life, sensory analysis, etc.

They have a launched a 2022 grant that is available to food, beverage and agri-tech companies:


  • Innovation support in new food or beverage products

    • Substantial improvements on existing technology will be considered

    • Sensory Analysis services are eligible

  • Innovation support in mechanical/electrical integration, embedded software IoT, equipment-based product development and mechanical physical prototype fabrication

  • Preference will be given to manufacturers, but not required

  • Must be a Canadian corporation


  • Minimum project value of $10,000

  • Up to $20,000 per company for eligible projects

  • Minimum 30% cash contribution from food company


  • No application necessary

  • Email Michelle Kienitz Henderson, Manager, Industry Liason and Business Development to learn more about the opportunity and approval process.

To learn more about FIRSt :

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