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2014-15 Food Safety Research Program: Open Call for Letters of Intent

The Food Safety Research Program is an open, competitive research fund with the mandate to support food safety research in three broad areas:

  • Development / validation of testing methods for pathogen and chemical detection in food and water;
  • Data to support risk assessments / risk assessments, including the identification of emerging hazards and contaminants; and
  • Risk management and control in food safety.
  • Research Priorities

Proposals are being solicited that will generate new knowledge and/or technologies in the following areas:

  • Analysis of food safety economics;
  • Threat identification and prioritization;
  • Detection and surveillance;
  • Pathway analysis; and
  • Prevention and control of disease.

For the 2014 call, we have identified a number of research needs, such as:

  • Development and validation of food safety interventions for small and medium scale operators;
  • Validation of manufacturing processes related to various ready to eat food
  • products such as dried/dehydrates meats;
  • Identification and prevention of food safety risks associated with fish processing activities; and
  • Interventions to reduce risks of environmental impacts on food safety (e.g. climate change).

Application Process

Interested applicants must apply to the call through a Letter of Intent (LOI) by the submission deadline of Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm EST. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Who May Apply

We invite applicants from universities, research institutes, industry, government agencies and partnership networks with demonstrated capacity to perform quality research to submit a Letter of Intent. Applicants outside the province of Ontario are eligible but must clearly indicate how their proposed research will benefit Ontario’s food safety system. Staff from Ontario provincial ministries cannot apply as Lead Applicant to this program.

How to Apply

Researchers apply using the Research Management System (RMS), OMAF and MRA’s on-line system for managing and administering Ministry-funded research programs. If you have previously applied to a research program through the RMS, log in to your Researcher Workbench to access the Call documents and application form.

If you have not previously applied to a Ministry-funded research program through the RMS, you will need to register to create a user file before you can apply:

  • Click here if you are an applicant with a Research Office or other approval Authority  (such as applicants from colleges, universities, hospitals, government)
  • All other applicants click here (i.e. applicants from business, commodity groups, industry, municipal organizations, Non-Government Organizations etc.)

More information about the 2014 Food Safety Research Call can be accessed from the program’s homepage.

Information Session

An information session to provide an overview of the 2014 Food Safety Research Program will be hosted on May 7, 2014 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Conference Centre (Room 3) at 1 Stone Road West, Guelph, Ontario. Interested applicants may attend in-person or via Webex. To register for the information session, please contact Stacy Favrin, Senior Research Advisor (519-826-5178)

FNH Graduate Mini-Symposium

The FNH Graduate Seminar Series presents: Spring Mini-Symposium

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
1:oo pm in FNH 60

Agenda:

Presenter Seminar Type Subject Question Asker #1 Question Asker #2
1. Abeer Aljaadi Results Seminar Human Nutrition Lennie Cheung Kelly Mulder
2. Lynda Soberanes Results Seminar Human Nutrition Ningjian Liang Abrar Turki
3. Alejandra Wiedeman Proposal Seminar Human Nutrition Anisa Loewen Vaashti Verbowski
4. Kristina Michaux Proposal Seminar Human Nutrition Stephanie Nadya Theresa Schroeder
5. Brenda Ng Proposal Seminar Human Nutrition Brandon Young Kyly Whitfield
6. Crystal Karakochuk Proposal Seminar Human Nutrition Jovana Kovacevic Sara Moukarzel
7. Philip Chebaya Results Seminar Human Nutrition Mayumi Iwashita Lynda Soberanes
8. Kourosh Pirayesh Proposal Seminar Food Science Michael Milillo Abeer Aljaadi

Raw Milk: Science to Policy Symposium

The Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph is hosting a conference on April 22, 2014. The theme of the conference isScience to Policy. We will use as our exploratory case study current policies relating to raw and pasteurized milk.

By engaging a wide spectrum of experts, we will be able to identify and understand how scientific research is, and can be used for better policy-making decisions. We hope the conference will stimulate discussion on the need for a structured and transparent process to ensure that the most reliable scientific knowledge is used to enable governments and other organizations to determine effective policy decisions.

For registration and further details please see: https://www.uoguelph.ca/foodscience/content/raw-milk-science-policy-symposium (There are student discounts for up to 30 student registrants, first come, first serve. Please contact Kay at ScienceToPolicy@uoguelph.ca for the discount code).  A webinar will also be made available.

Food Science PhD Student a 3MT Finalist

Congratulations to Isabelle Lacroix, a PhD student in our Food Science program, who has won her semi-final heat in UBC’s 3-Minute Thesis competition! Isabelle will compete in the final heat on Thursday, March 13 at 4:30pm in the Graduate Student Ballroom (Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road). Isabelle’s thesis is on, “Milk Proteins as Allies for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes .

Visit the UBC 3MT website for additional information: 3mt.grad.ubc.ca/

FNH Graduate Seminar: Rebecca Robertson (Food Science)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • 3:30 p.m. Pre-seminar Social in FNH Atrium
  • 4:10 p.m. Graduate Seminar presentation in FNH 60

SPEAKER:  Rebecca Robertson, Food Science
SUPERVISOR:  Dr. David Kitts
FULL SEMINAR TOPIC:  Follow the money: Anticipating economically motivated adulteration of food ingredients.

Chairperson:  Stephanie Nadya
Assigned question-askers:  Abrar Turki and Chloe Chen

*Please check the FNH Graduate Seminar Series webpage for general information and for full schedule.