Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science - Early Researcher Award


Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science


Early Researcher Award


The Early Researcher Awards program gives funding to new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions to build a research team.


You are eligible if you:

  • are a full-time faculty member or principal investigator at an eligible research institution
  • have started your academic career on or after July 1, 2013
  • have completed your first Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Medical Doctor or terminal degree on or after July 1, 2008
  • have not already held an Early Researcher Award
  • are not a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair

Maximum Project Value

Each award to a leading researcher is a maximum of $100,000 and must be matched by an additional $50,000 from the researcher’s institution and/or partner organization.  The University (central) will provide $40,000 in match; the remaining $10,000 must come from the applicant's department, college, or a partner organization.

Indirect Costs

The government will provide up to $40,000 to the University for indirect costs.

Project Duration

Awards will start in Spring 2019 and run until 2024.

Special Notes

Applicants must have the approval of their ADR to apply this program

  • To be competitive, researchers are encouraged to be actively involved in conducting research that has been supported by peer-reviewed funding and to demonstrate academic independence from previous supervisors;
  • Researchers who are not successful may submit an application, in a later competition, providing they continue to meet all eligibility requirements.
  • ERA panels are multi-disciplinary and the application will be reviewed by panel members that are within and outside the applicant’s specific field of research. The content and language of the proposal should be clear and understood by people outside of the applicant’s field


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

Internal Deadline

Colleges to submit nomination recommendations to stratprg@uoguelph.ca.  Researchers are encouraged to contact their College Research Manager as soon as possible to meet any College specific Expression of Interest requirements or deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Nominee submission to stratprg@uoguelph.ca:

  1. Notice of Intent
  2. Draft #1 of Proposal Document
External Deadline

Notice of Intent due to Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (submission made by Office of Research).

Internal Deadline

Nominee submission to stratprg@uoguelph.ca of:

  1. Draft #2 of Proposal document
  2. Draft #1 of Application, including all budget components
  3. CV
Internal Deadline

Nominee submission to stratprg@uoguelph.ca and research.services@uoguelph.ca of:

  1. OR-5
  2. Application Form
  3. Proposal
  4. CV
External Deadline

Full application due to MRIS (submission made by Office of Research).

For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

Laurie Gallinger, Awards & Agreements Officer
Research Services Office

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