Research Priorities & RFPs

The Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation Committee selects annual research projects to fund based on the following priorities. This comprehensive list was developed in partnership with key turfgrass industry stakeholders:

  • A systems approach to sustainable turfgrass management.
  • Turf management best practices.
  • Effects of climate change on turfgrass and pests. 
  • Improved turfgrass species and varieties.
  • Societal benefits of turfgrass.
  • Economic impact of turf management decisions.  
  • New instrumentation, robotics, and software technologies.
  • Basic research (economics, environment, playability) of synthetic turf & comparison to natural turf.    
  • Development and evaluation of effective alternatives to conventional pesticides.
  • Nutrient management and nutrient sources.   
  • Water conservation and water quality.  
  • Emerging Pests – Improved diagnostics for new pests and turf diseases in northern climates.
  • Wear tolerance, management, and recovery.


Canadian Allied Turfgrass Research (CATR) is a collaborative group of Canadian turfgrass funding associations that have formed a research funding alliance for the annual call for proposals of Canadian turfgrass research grants.

The turfgrass research funding application process is being administered by the Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation (CTRF). You are invited to apply for research project funding consideration, from the following group of research funding organizations, with one single submission:

  • Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation
  • Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation
  • Manitoba Golf Superintendents Association
  • Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation
  • Ottawa Valley Turfgrass Research Foundation
  • Quebec Turfgrass Research Foundation
  • Western Canada Turfgrass Association

The next round of Call for Proposals will be released in August with a closing date of November 1. For more information contact the CTRF at

Although the CTRF is administering this application process, individual research foundations will make funding decisions based on their own priorities, available funds and previous commitments.  As a result, funding for individual projects may be provided by one or more funding groups.