Early Researcher Award Internal Deadline

The Early Researcher Award (ERA) program helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians. The goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent.

MRA and Complete Application Package: Friday August 25

The MRA submission of the complete application and the complete application package for Round 13 must be submitted to the Research Services Office (to Jennifer Niu, Research Funding Officer) by Friday August 25, 2017 for Institutional review and sign-off.

Contact Information

Jennifer Niu
Research Funding Officer
jenni.niu@utoronto.ca | 416-946-3723

Early Researcher Award Letters of Reference Deadline

The Early Researcher Award (ERA) program helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians. The goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent.

Letters of Reference: Friday August 11  to Research Services

Please note that the application package must include three (3) signed letters of reference. These reference letters must be received by the Research Services Office by Friday, August 11, 2017.

Reference letters may be sent via email, mail or courier. If sending physical copies, we recommend that the letters of reference be sent by a courier that provides tracking numbers. Letters should be addressed to Jennifer Niu (jenni.niu@utoronto.ca), Mailing address :

12 Queen’s Park Crescent West
3rd Floor McMurrich Building
University of Toronto.
Toronto, ON. M5S 1S8.

Early Researcher Award deadline for Notice of Intent

The Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS) has launched Round 13 of the Early Researcher Award (ERA). The ERA program helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians.

The ERA program will provide funding up to $100,000 for each award (plus $40,000 for indirect costs), and must be matched by an additional $50,000 (cash not in-kind) from the division/department and/or a partner organization.

Researchers interested in applying must submit a short Notice of Intent to apply to the Research Services Office for Institutional sign off. Please submit your NoI to Jennifer Niu (jenni.niu@utoronto.ca). Further details on the program and the NOI form can be found on the funding opportunity page.

Submission of a NoI is not binding and will not be assessed by the Ministry, but will be used for selection of panel reviewers. Note that a MRA is not required at this stage, but will be required at the full application stage.

Early Researcher Award Information Session

The Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS) has launched Round 13 of the Early Researcher Award (ERA). The ERA program helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians.

The ERA program will provide funding up to $100,000 for each award (plus $40,000 for indirect costs), and must be matched by an additional $50,000 (cash not in-kind) from the division/department and/or a partner organization. Further details on the program can be found on the funding opportunity page.

MRIS will be holding an information session for the ERA Round 13 on Wednesday June 7th, 2017. Please note that this information session is open to all research institutions in the area.