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, 2016
  • have completed your first Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Medical Doctor or terminal degree on or after January 1, 2011
  • 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)

Date TBD (in June)

Attend the information session

Sep. 20

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

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

Referee/scientific reviewer spreadsheet

Oct. 11

Submit to research.honours@uoguelph.ca:

Oct. 31

Submit to research.honours@uoguelph.ca:

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

The proposal and CV will be shared with referees and materials will be reviewed by RSO.

Nov. 28

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

  1. OR-5 confirming source(s) of $50K contributions
  2. Application Form – U of G info prepopulated
  3. Proposal (Appendix B) Template
  4. ERA CV

Dec. 1

Final External deadline

Jun/Jul 2022

Decisions communicated

Internal Resources

External Resources