2. How much assistance is available under the MIF and how will the funds be allocated?
The Canadian Dairy Commission has committed $1,000,000 over a two year period (August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2014) to support product development initiatives under the MIF.
3. How long will it take for applications to be processed?
The application process is divided into 2 steps: Step 1 - Project Summary Form; Step 2 - Project Application.
Once a company has submitted the Project Summary Form, the CDC will determine within 10 business days whether the company or FTC may proceed to Step 2. If a project proceeds to Step 2, the applicant will submit the Project Application Form and the CDC will determine within 30 business days whether the project qualifies under the MIF.
4. Is there a deadline for applications for the MIF?
No. Applications for the MIF will be accepted from August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2014, subject to available funds.
5. How can I apply for the MIF?
You can download the MIF Program Guide, which includes the Project Summary Form for initial application, or you can call the CDC’s toll-free number 1-866-366-0676, or e-mail the program administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive a copy.
6. Can more than one project be submitted in the course of a year?
Yes, an applicant can submit more than one project in the course of the year and receive funding for each eligible project. In this case, the projects must be significantly different from each other in terms of the nature of the product, its composition and the technical challenge(s) to be addressed.
7. Who should apply for funding when a company and a Food Technology Centre collaborate on the same project?
The applicant must be the one who will match the CDC’s contribution (50% of the costs associated with the project).
8. What is considered to be a new or innovative product?
New and innovative products include but are not limited to: products that involve the transfer of new technologies or new processing techniques, products that are not currently manufactured in Canada and reformulated products that incorporate the use or increase use of Canadian dairy ingredients. In all cases, these new and innovative products must contribute to growing the business for Canadian milk products and ingredients. A variation of an existing Canadian dairy product or product formulation containing dairy ingredients and products marketed as organic, omega, kosher or halal do not necessarily constitute a new or innovative product under the MIF.
9. Can funding obtained from other sources be used as the applicant’s contribution to cover 50% of the costs of the project?
The CDC will only match the amount invested directly by the applicant. For example, in the case of a project amounting to $600,000 in total costs for which $400,000 can be obtained through other funding programs, the applicant would only be eligible to receive 50% of the remaining costs ($200,000) under the MIF.
10. How can I protect the confidentiality of the information relating to my project (studies, reports, etc.), that are to be shared with the CDC after the completion of the project?
Specific terms and conditions regarding transfer of knowledge, confidentiality of information and intellectual property will be mutually agreed by the applicant and the CDC at the time of project approval and will be incorporated in the eventual Agreement to be signed.