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Food Waste Reduction Challenge: Novel Technologies
The Food Waste Reduction Challenge is currently accepting applications for Streams C and D. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2021.
Food Waste refers to all food that is grown, harvested, processed, manufactured or prepared for human consumption, but never eaten by people. It occurs at all stages of the food supply chain, from farm to plate.
In Canada and around the world, food waste continues to increase, resulting in an overuse of our natural resources such as water, soil and land, while contributing excess greenhouse gas emissions to our atmosphere. Meanwhile, a growing number of Canadians are facing food insecurity. Food waste is a complex issue, and there is no single solution. That is why the Food Waste Reduction Challenge includes four targeted innovation streams to accelerate and advance the deployment of diverse and high-impact solutions in Canada.
Challenge Stream C: Technologies that Extend the Life of Food
Challenge Stream D: Technologies that Transform Food Waste
Challenge Streams C and D are launching together, with innovators competing for monetary and non-financial prizes over the next three years. These two streams, which focus on novel technologies, will have three reporting stages, during which innovators will need to demonstrate the effectiveness of their solutions. The most promising solutions will be recommended by an external review committee of subject-matter experts. Innovators will receive grant funding as well as other benefits to help them succeed.
Who can apply:
- Businesses and social enterprises of any size
- Not-for-profit and charitable organizations
- Indigenous organizations and groups
- Post-secondary/academic institutions
- Individuals or group of individuals
International applicants with a Canadian partner or an ability to register to do business in Canada are encouraged to apply.
Up to 18 semi-finalists will be selected in Stage 1 and will receive approximately $100,000.
Semi-finalists will move into Stage 2 and compete for a chance to be a finalists and receive approximately $450,000.
Finalists will compete in Stage 3 to win one of two Grand Prizes of up to $1,000,000.
- August 31, 2021
Stage 1 - Concept application deadline
- Fall 2021
Up to 18 semi-finalists announced
- Fall 2022
Stage 2 - Up to 12 finalists announced
- Winter 2023
Stage 3 - 2 Grand Prize Winners announced
Website: Challenge | Impact Canada