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Weston Family Foundation Homegrown Innovation Challenge – Shepherd Phase

Opportunity NameHomegrown Innovation Challenge
AgencyWeston Family Foundation
ValueUp to $1,000,000
Indirect CostsEligible at 10%
DurationUp to 18 months
Notify SIRI of intention to apply06-30-2022
Application due to SIRI for full review 12-01-2022
Application due to FSc RO at for full review12-06-2022
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review12-13-2022
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due to SIRI for mandatory review12-14-2022
Application due at agency 12-20-2022, by 12:00PM

The overall objective of this challenge is to create and deliver a market-ready system to reliably, sustainably, and competitively produce berries out of season and at scale in Canada.  

The challenge is made up of three distinct phases. The Shepherd Phase is the second phase to develop and demonstrate a small-scale proof of concept of a system, generating evidence and learning to be assessed for progression to the Scaling Phase.  


Each principal investigator can only lead a single application but can collaborate or partner on other submissions for which they are not the principal investigator. More eligibility requirements here.

How to Apply

To signal your intent to apply and to book a one-on-one meeting, please contact Diana Frasca, Strategic and Institutional Research Initiatives Specialist, in the Office of Research Services, by e-mail ( 

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.


The foundation hosted a webinar in April and the video and slides are available on their website

For specific questions, please contact your FSc Research Officer

Stefanie Bernaudo
Research Officer
(Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Science, Technology & Society)

Phoebe Tsz-Wai Chan
Research Officer
(Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics)