Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU)

Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) supports world-class research, commercialization and innovation taking place across Ontario through a range of programs and services like the Ontario Research Fund and Ontario Venture Capital Fund.


  • Early Researcher Awards (ERA)
    • Funding to build a research team
    • Next deadline: June 11, 2021
    • Contact your ADR if you’re interested in applying.
  • Ontario Research Fund: Research Excellence (ORF-RE)
  • Ontario Research Fund: Research Infrastructure (ORF-RI)
    • Funding to help cover the costs of research infrastructure (e.g. renovating facilities, purchasing equipment, etc.). This is a competitive program which can provide matching funds for CFI-funded projects. Learn more about how to apply for CFI funding.
  • International Research Projects
    • Funding for research projects with partners in China or Israel
    • Next deadlines unknown


Ailsa Kay, Manager, Strategic Programs
Research Services Office, UC 437
519-824-4120 x58321

Officer, Strategic Programs
Research Services Office, UC 437
519-824-4120 x56927