Research Funding Programs

Every year, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) invests in human nutrition and health and dairy production research in Canada. DFC manages and administers several research programs on a cost-sharing basis in partnership with organizations like Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Dairy Research Cluster

The first Dairy Research Cluster was launched in 2010 as part of the Canadian Agri-Science Clusters Initiative of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Close to $12 million was invested in 46 human nutrition, health and dairy production research projects until March 2013.

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Nutrition and Human Health Research Funding

Dairy Farmers of Canada has been funding research for over 30 years.  One of the first food industry’s to do so, DFC is proud to support Canadian research in the areas of nutrition, food science and health and to contribute to the development of a Canadian network of experts in those fields.  Studies are selected by a peer-review committee comprised of renowned Canadian researchers with expertise in various areas of food science, nutrition, health and medicine.  DFC funds research in order to respond to research gaps related to the role of dairy products in nutrition, health and sustainability.  Research funded is subject to its Guiding Principles for Research Funding  in order to ensure the quality and the independence of the research. For more information or to apply for funding under Dairy Farmers of Canada’s program, visit:

Dairy Production Research Funding - Production Expert Scientific Advisory Committee

In 1996, Dairy Farmers of Canada launched the Production Expert Scientific Advisory Committee (PESAC). Effective in 2010, this program is no longer in operation. The purpose of the program was to participate directly in the development of technology and to influence the direction of research conducted in Canada by government laboratories and universities. The titles and results of hundreds of projects funded between 1996 and 2010 under PESAC are available in this site.

Dairy Cattle Genetics Research and Development (DairyGen)

DairyGen is the national dairy cattle genetics research council of Canadian Dairy Network and regroups all dairy cattle improvement organizations including artificial organizations representing artificial insemination services, breeds, milk recording and Dairy Farmers of Canada. DairyGen is responsible for establishing research priorities in the area of dairy cattle genetic improvement, reviewing research proposals and allocating industry funds to approved projects. Letters of intent and applications for research funding may be submitted throughout the year by applying at

Industrial Research Chairs Program

Dairy Farmers of Canada invests in the advancement of dairy production innovation by supporting the creation of Industrial Research Chairs in Universities. DFC partners with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and other industry organizations to fund the Chairs. The purpose is to direct support to a specific area of research that targets the industry’s needs, provides training to graduate students and promotes close interaction between the university, students and industry. A research Chair is established for a period of five years.

Industrial Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Welfare

Industrial Research Chair on Nutritional Control of the Production of Milk Components in Dairy Cows