Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF)


OHCRIF will fund research and innovation projects that align with the priorities of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), and improve knowledge in the areas of postsecondary education, training, labour market, and employment.

Faculty Research Office: At least 1 week before the Agency Deadline (2-3 weeks earlier if you wish feedback on your application – submit to Karen Kueneman)
Research Development & Services: At least 5 days before the Agency Deadline
MTCU: April 25, 2016 (results announced June-July 2016)

Description: MTCU will accept proposals related to:

  • Skills and return on investment
  • Postsecondary education (PSE) and training policies – research funding approaches, system design features, innovation models, performance metrics, student financial aid, international education, online learning and other aspects of PSE and training that impact quality of learning, and students’ experiences and outcomes
  • Labour market programs, policy and service delivery

Meeting the needs of diverse groups of learners (i.e. Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, immigrants and individuals on social assistance) is an important Ministry priority, and relevant research projects targeting vulnerable groups are eligible for funding under any of the three research themes.

OHCRIF will be accepting applications for these broad types of projects:

  • Synthesis Projects include literature reviews, inter-jurisdictional reviews, and environmental scans. These projects do not require undertaking original research and will focus on integrating and analyzing secondary sources.
  • Inquiry Projects include case studies, data, discourse or document analysis, and evaluation studies. These projects require primary qualitative or quantitative research and could rely on single, mixed or multiple research methods.
  • Impact Projects are large-scale synthesis or inquiry projects conducted by a team of senior researchers. They could include cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, large data set analysis, or inter-disciplinary collaborative projects, and may be eligible for up to three years of funding.
  • Doctoral Projects are small-scale synthesis or inquiry projects led by a PhD student.

NOTE: All projects must be completed by March 31/17.

Doctoral projects – Up to $15,000 (must be supervised by a Faculty member)
Synthesis projects – Up to $25,000
Inquiry projects – Up to $50,000
Impact projects – Up to $50,000 annually for up to 3 years
NOTE – Budgets must include the overhead rate of 10%

Eligibility: Applicants  must hold an eligible academic research appointment at Western. The principal investigator (PI) must have an earned doctorate in a relevant discipline and relevant experience

Applications: Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development & Services  and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA.

Applications and more information…

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Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall

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