Best in Science 2016-17 Research Program


Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change


Scientific research is essential for the development of environmental policies and decisions that will ensure Ontario has clean air, safe communities and healty ecosystems.  
The Best in Science program provides funding in support of research that addresses Ontario's environmental priorities.  The program's research priorities for 2016-17 include:

  • Climate change, specifically reducing greenhouse gases
  • The development, enhancement and validation of testing methods for pathogens and environmental pollutants that affect the Great Lakes, inland lakes, drinking water, ground water, surface water, beaches or land resources, including application of methods for mercury source tracking
  • Great Lakes and inland lakes, specifically toxic algae blooms and the impacts of climate change on water quantity and quality
  • Pollinator health and effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on non-target organisms

A complete list of the Research Priorities for 2016-2017 can be found in Table 1 of the Application Guide - See attachments below. 

Funding Availability

This year up to $700,000 is available for scientific research.

Indirect Costs

20% indirect costs as per page #14 of the attached Application Guide.

Project Duration

Up to three years

Special Notes

Please Note:  the signature under Legal Entity: Administative Authority will be supplied by the Office of Research then the proposal will be returned to you for final submission to the Ministry.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline
External Deadline

How to Apply

Submit application including signed OR5 form and signed proposal (please ensure you have signed the proposal on page #4 and that your Department Head has signed page #5) to Office of Research by the internal deadline. When the fully signed and approved proposal is returned to you then you will be responsible for submitting to the Best in Science Program by 11.59 pm (EST), November 13, 2016.

Please see the Office of Research's document locker for application form and budget form.

For Questions, please contact

For more information please contact

Office of Research

Linda McCorkindale, Contracts Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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