MTCU – Call for Proposals for 2016-2017 Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund


Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU)


Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF)


The purpose of the 2016-17 Call for Proposals is to fund research and review projects that improve knowledge in the areas of postsecondary education, labour market, and employment and training policy. OHCRIF funds research and innovation projects that align with the priorities of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

MTCU accepts proposals related to:

  • Skills and return on investment
  • Postsecondary education (PSE) and training policies
  • Labour market programs, policy and service delivery      


The OHCRIF competition is open to the following categories of principal applicants: 

  • Academic researchers and postdoctoral fellows;
  • Non-faculty postsecondary researchers;
  • Researchers at broader public sector or non-profit organizations;
  • Doctoral students; and
  • Other qualified researchers (i.e. individuals affiliated with research firms).

OHCRIF applicants are required to be affiliated with an institution or organization that is a legal entity in Canada. Applicants affiliated with a public sector organization or post-secondary institutions should apply through these institutions.

PhD students are encouraged to apply as principal applicants under the Doctoral stream, but should be endorsed by a faculty advisor who will provide support and mentorship for the project. The faculty advisor must be affiliated with a publicly-assisted university or College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario and could be from a different institution. 

Funding Availability

Project Type



Synthesis Projects

Up to $25,000

Final reports due on or before March 31, 2017

Inquiry Projects

Up to $50,000

Doctoral Projects

Up to $15,000

Impact Projects

Up to $50,000 annually for up to three years

First-year reports due on or before March 31, 2017

Funding for Impact Projects for subsequent years is conditional upon the successful completion of all project deliverables for the previous year and the submission of a Funding Reapplication Form. 

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Projects approved for funding must be completed by March 31, 2017.


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

Internal Deadline

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

Note: Proposals being submitted by Non-Faculty will need a signed OR5 form filled out by the Faculty Advisor.

External Deadline

How to Apply

Additional information on OHCRIF and the application process can be found in the following documents:

For Questions, please contact

The Ministry will NOT accept phone calls pertaining to the proposal and review process.  Applicants are directed to forward all questions to by April 4, 2016.

Office of Research

Meghan Grimes, Awards and Agreements Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x54807

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