The Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS) has officially launched Round 9 of the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence (ORF-RE) program. ORF-RE provides research institutions with funding to help support the operational costs of large-scale transformative research of strategic value to the province.
ORF-RE Round 9 has three application streams:
General – open to all disciplines;
Disruptive Technologies focused on Clean Technologies; and
Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities
Amount: The ORF-RE covers only 1/3 of the total value of a project with the remaining 2/3 from a combination of private sector and institutional (Western) contributions.
General stream: $1 million minimum to $4 million maximum
Clean technologies: $1 million minimum to $4 million maximum
Social sciences, arts and humanities: $200,000 minimum to $1 million maximum
Research Development (NOI): April 26
Notice of Intent (NOI): May 2, 2017
Full applications: September 25, 2017
Each NOI and application form can be submitted to one stream only.
Program information can be found on the MRIS website; NOI and application forms will be available by the end of March 2017. Full program guidelines are not yet posted online but have been provided to Research Development & Services by MRIS and are available on request.
Further details on Western’s process, timelines, and program information sessions for this round will be forthcoming. For questions regarding the ORF-RE program, or to request a copy of the program guidelines, please contact Antoinette Martin.