Imperial Oil - University Research Awards Program 2021


The awards are funded by Imperial Oil Resources Limited and Imperial Oil, a partnership of Imperial Oil Limited and McColl-Frontenac Petroleum Inc ("Imperial Oil").


University Research Awards


University research awards are designed to encourage research at Canadian universities in areas of interest to Imperial Oil's petroleum, petrochemical and energy resource development businesses. These areas include the fields of engineering, environmental, earth, chemical, and physical sciences.

Award winners are chosen by Imperial Oil. The selection committee considers business relevance of the proposed research, opportunities for knowledge transfer and potential significance of results to the company. Preference will be given to self-contained research projects, although projects delving into a definitive segment of broader research will be considered.


Awards for specific research projects are made to full-time faculty members to support research work carried out by university students under their direction.

Funding Availability

Individual awards are normally available in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 depending on budgets for the proposed research, availability of funds, and potential significance of the research as determined by Imperial.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Awards are made for one year and may be renewed annually for a maximum tenure of three years.

Special Notes


Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.

Terms and Conditions

Successful award applicants and their universities will be required to sign the non-negotiable terms and conditions of the award.


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

Please note that applications must be submitted in electronic format (PDF) to

How to Apply

Please see How to Apply on the Imperial Oil website.

For Questions, please contact

Sarnia Technology Applications & Research (STAR), Imperial

Selina Blais, Administrative Specialist

Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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