Early Researcher Awards (ERA)

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

If you would like to apply, contact your Associate Dean (Research) and/or your College Research Manager.

Program Overview


  • are a full-time faculty member or principal investigator based at an eligible research institution
  • have started your academic career on or after January 1, 2015
  • have completed your first Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Medical Doctor or terminal degree on or after January 1, 2010
  • have not already held an Early Researcher Award
  • are not a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair

Project Value and Duration

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.  The government will provide the University with up to $40,000 (40%) in indirect costs.  Project duration is five years.

Program Website

Ontario Research Fund – Early Researcher Award

Information Session

How to Apply




Contact your Associate Dean (Research)

Apr. 9

10:00am - 11:30am

Attend the information session

Apr. 15

Colleges submit nomination recommendations to research.honours@uoguelph.ca:

  1. Email confirming eligibility
  2. CV (in any form)

Referee/scientific reviewer spreadsheet

Apr. 28

Submit to research.honours@uoguelph.ca:

May 19

Submit to research.honours@uoguelph.ca:

  1. Draft #2 of Proposal (Appendix B)
  2. Complete Application Form – U of G info prepopulated including Appendix A (budget)
  3. ERA CV

These materials will be shared with referees and will be reviewed by ORS.

June 7

Submit to research.honours@uoguelph.ca and research.services@uoguelph.ca:

  1. OR-5
  2. Application Form – U of G info prepopulated
  3. Proposal (Appendix B)
  4. ERA CV

June 11, 2021

Final External deadline

January or February 2022

Decisions communicated

Internal Resources

External Resources