Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation

Investing in greener futures.

About OTRF

The Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation (OTRF) directs and promotes turfgrass research for the benefit of the turfgrass industry and the general public.

The OTRF is a charitable foundation and the leader in Canadian turfgrass research funding.

Dedicated to supporting the continued advancement of turfgrass through research projects, we are focused on funding projects that will assist the turf industry with products, practices, and sustainable enhancements.

Read more about how we help.

Our Platinum & Association Partners

Thank you to our valuable Partners for their continued support of our vital research projects. Your support of the OTRF helps to provide future generations with healthy green spaces to work, live, and play.

If you are interested in becoming a Partner, click here for more information.

Research Priorities & RFPs

Each year, the OTRF Research Committee selects a range of innovative annual research projects to fund, based on a comprehensive series of priorities.

Click here to read our current research project priorities.



Plant Pathology
Plant Pathology

Specialized Research
Specialized Research

Sports Turf
Sports Turf

Weed Control
Weed Control

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The Importance of Turfgrass Research

Turfgrass is one of the planet’s most valuable resources and is a key component in improving places where people live, work, and play.

There are numerous environmental, economic, and health benefits to installing turfgrass including: reducing air pollution, cooling the air, controlling soil erosion, improving physical and mental health, reducing injuries, preserving natural wildlife habitat, and providing employment to a variety of industries.

Healthy green spaces support healthy communities and provide both immediate and long-term benefits.

Your donation to the OTRF will help to support the latest turfgrass research projects in Canada and around the globe.

Showcase your organization by becoming a Platinum Partner, highlight your association by becoming an Association Partner, or donate as an individual and become a Friend of OTRF.

All donations go towards helping us provide future generations with healthy green spaces