Innovation requires many things, including sound research rooted in industry needs; effective working relationships between faculty and industry; and effective technology transfer involving many organizations. The key objective of our mentorship program is to quickly build positive working relationships between early career faculty and industry.
Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (LRIC) is a not for profit organization supported by Ontario’s livestock organizations and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. LRIC’s mission is to drive innovation through the livestock value chain. One way to do this is to help early career faculty become quickly and positively connected to the livestock industry. To help meet this objective, LRIC is pleased to offer early career faculty the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program.
We are also pleased to offer a competitive research bursary opportunity to the participants of the current and previous year that emphasizes collaboration and connections with industry. LRIC, Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS), Western Fair Association (WFA), Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) and Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) have all contributed to create this award to support a research project or program that will foster and build knowledge and capacity in the Ontario livestock sector and contribute to cross sector and discipline research.
Funding decisions will be made by a selection committee of LRIC and stakeholder representatives. Proposals are due in early May, with the top five invited to make a presentation to the selection committee. The award(s) will be presented at the LRIC Annual Meeting.
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