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)

LFS 150 Teaching Assistant Positions – due April 30


Are you interested in improving learning experiences for first year students?  Do you want to actively contribute both in and out of class to a new and unique small class environment?  Would you like to develop skills and gain knowledge as a Teaching Assistant that will benefit you long after the course ends?

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems is offering a new core course starting in September 2014 – LFS 150 (Scholarly Writing and Argumentation in Land and Food Systems).  For 2014W we will be offering 4 sections;  2 in each term of winter session.  To review the job description for the position of Teaching Assistant, please refer to the following links:

For additional information, you can contact the course coordinator, Alice Cassidy, at cassidy@science.ubc.ca

REMINDER:  The deadline for submitting an online application for a TA position within LFS is Wednesday, April 30th


GSS News


Dear Graduate Students,

All the chocolate you ate this past weekend needs to burn. Sign up for a GSS summer fitness class! Ice skating and figure skating start this Friday, but May 20th sees the start of our staple fitness classes, and May 16th the start of the GSS Summer Sport Leagues. Play is good for work!

GSS Social & Recreational:
– Register now for our Pilates or ZumbaYoga or Bellydance Fitness. Click through to the various classes for more information and to register. Classes start on May 20th.

– You would like to play soccer or softball with some fun grad students this summer, perhaps meet some people outside your department?(!)  Sign up for the GSS Summer Sports League. May 1st is the registration deadline. Get your team together!

Looking for some productivity inspiration as you plan your work days this summer? I just foundthis infographic blogpost based on data from Mason Currey’s book Daily Rituals. It’s about how creatives of old – scientists, artists, philosophers – planned their days. It’s kind of cool on multiple levels. The blog belongs to RJ Andrews, a nerd you might like.

Work well!

GSS Communications Coordinator