Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry: Species at Risk Research Fund


Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry


The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Species at Risk Research Fund for Ontario (SARRFO).

The SARRFO supports the protection and recovery of species at risk by funding high quality scientific research that addresses key threats, knowledge gaps, and informs better species protection and management.

Although all project proposals that target species listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario List are eligible for funding, targeted priorities have been established for the 2016/17 funding year.

Applications that address any of the priorities will be considered before remaining applications.

During the evaluation of applications, additional weighting will be given to applied research proposals that address an impending on-the-ground threat or knowledge gap.

Please consult the 2016/17 PRIORITIES and SPECIES list.


The SARRFO is open to individuals and organizations undertaking high-caliber scientific research activities that will address key threats or knowledge gaps and inform the protection and recovery of species at risk in Ontario.

All SARRFO applications must clearly identify a Principal Investigator for the proposed project.

The Principal Investigator (PI) must be a recognized expert in the area of proposed research who is charged to conduct objective research that generates independent, high quality, and reproducible results. The PI is responsible for the design, delivery, and reporting of the research project and for monitoring, and ensuring the integrity of any collaborative relationships.

Additionally, the PI is responsible for project management including oversight of compliance, financial, personnel, and other related administrative aspects of the research project. In the case of graduate students (Master’s or PhD), the supervisor should be designated as the PI rather than the student.

Funding Availability

  • Maximum amount: $30,000 per year per project
  • Project duration: One to two years
  • Indirect costs: Not Applicable 


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

Internal Deadline
External Deadline

How to Apply

Full Details including Priorities and Species list

For Questions, please contact

Kim Jaxa-Debicki at SAR.stewardship@ontario.ca or 705-755-5506

Office of Research

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

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