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Advancing Forest-Based Innovation

Nextfor brings innovators together to collaborate, build value and drive innovation within Ontario’s forest-based bio-economy. Launched in 2018, Nextfor is an initiative of The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE). 

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With over 576 individuals, the Nextfor Network drives innovation

through our Innovation Forums, Case Studies, Funding Challenges and online information portal,

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Why join?

Innovation Forums

Join innovators from across the forest bio-economy value chain to share knowledge and map out opportunities and challenges in targeted focus areas.

Case Studies

Help us realize the opportunities and address the challenges identified in our Innovation Forums through small-scale case studies.

Funding Challenges

Grow your idea through Nextfor’s targeted, solution-focused funding challenges.


Build cross-sectoral partnerships and meet potential collaborators through our forums and by directly engaging with the Nextfor team.

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Call for Vendors of Record

Over the next 2-3 years CRIBE and Nextfor will be investing in work that supports the development of Ontario’s Bio-Economy and Forestry Sector. We need...

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Access all event materials, case study findings and project updates through our Resources page. 

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A geospatially enabled set of tools developed by CRIBE to help drive economic development in Ontario’s Forest-Based Bio-Economy.

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