The funds are to be used over a period of five years to fund eligible expenses for a research team of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians. The ERA program is a competitive, discretionary, non-entitlement program that encourages applications from all disciplines.
- are full-time faculty or principal investigators who, at the application deadline, are based at an eligible institution;
- have started their academic career on or after July 1, 2013; and
- have completed their first Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Medical Doctor or terminal degree on or after July 1, 2008
These timelines may be extended in the case of eligible career interruptions:
- Section 8d of the application allows the applicant to provide the review panel with details on interruptions or delays. Failure to provide information will result in the application being deemed ineligible.
- Research associate positions and post-doctoral fellowships are not considered eligible interruptions.
- Continued education, required training (e.g. medical training and fellowships), and parental leave are considered eligible interruptions, but must be clearly described in section 8d of the application. Specific dates are required. Failure to provide information will result in the application being deemed ineligible.
Note: Section 8d of the application should also be used to clearly explain, where applicable, how any previously held positions should NOT be considered as independent academic research appointments for the purposes of eligibility.
Each award is a maximum of $100,000 and must be matched by an additional $50,000 from the researcher’s Faculty and/or a partner organization. In addition, up to $40,000 will be provided to the researcher’s Faculty by the Ministry for indirect costs.
ERA applications will be evaluated based on four weighted criteria:
- Excellence of the Researcher (40%)
- Quality of the Research (30%)
- Development of Research Talent (20%)
- Strategic Value to Ontario (10%)
The applications will be ranked as exceptional, excellent, very strong, strong, moderate, or insufficient on these four weighted criteria.
Youth Research & Innovation Outreach
Applicants are required to undertake annual youth outreach activities that primarily target high-school, middle school and/or elementary school students. Up to 1% (equivalent to $1,000) of the funding provided by the government may be used for eligible expenses for developing and delivering youth outreach activities, including consumable supplies (e.g. materials for crafts, lab supplies). Funding provided by the institution and/or partner organization may not be used for youth outreach. Activities associated with youth outreach are to be undertaken during each year of the project.
Deadlines: 2 stage application process
|TBD (likely April – May)||ERA Information session|
|May 31, 2018 @ 10am||
ORS deadline: Completed electronic NOI document due
Submit to Sean Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org
|June 1 @ 4pm||
Agency NOI Deadline
Note: Submission of a NOI is not binding and will not be assessed by the government. However, the NOI is a mandatory part of the review process as it allows the government to select appropriate reviewers.
|July 17 @ 4pm||
Three (3) signed letters of reference:
Electronic letters of reference are acceptable but must be sent directly to the institution’s Office of Research Services.
The reference letters must be received by ORS by Tuesday, July 17, 2018 and should be sent directly to Sean Collins email@example.com. Applicants must not be cc’ed or have access to letters.
The letters should be addressed to:
Early Researcher Awards Program
If a referee prefers to submit an original, signed letter in hard copy, please send to Sean Collins, ORS, 5th Floor Kaneff Tower, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, ON M3J 1P3; the address on the letter itself should be the Ministry’s address in the previous bullet. If submitting via hard copy, letters should be sent by a courier that provides a tracking number.
|July 31 @ 9am||
Completed Applications are due at ORS in the following formats:
Completed ORS Checklist with Chair and Dean signature (Hard copy)
|Tuesday, August 7 @ 4pm||Agency Deadline|
Note: Both NOIs and Full Applications must be submitted to the Ministry by the Office of Research Services on behalf of applicants.
Application Support Services
Faculties will lead the development of nominations, and as such applicants are encouraged to contact their Faculty Research Officers (and/or Directors) regarding application support. The Strategic and Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI) Unit at ORS will coordinate submission of NOIs and Full Applications, and will secure any required institutional signatures.
As well, to help support the nomination development process, the Associate Vice-Presidents Research will establish a mentorship program that engages previous York-based ERA and Premier’s Research Excellence Award recipients. However, mentorship will only be provided on a demand basis at the request of the Faculty, and should target high potential nominees. Further to this, it is suggested that nominees be within the last two years of the program’s eligibility window to be genuinely competitive.
Finally, please note that all nominations should be directed through Faculties, not Organized Research Units (ORUs), given the Award’s focus on graduate student support. However, ORUs are asked to ensure that their membership is made aware of the Award and to encourage interested members to pursue the opportunity, if applicable.
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