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Ontario Receives Report on Research Funding Programs

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Ontario Receives Report on Research Funding Programs

Today Ontario received a report from the expert panel reviewing the province's flagship research funding programs, including recommendations for building on the success of the province's world-class research.

Ontario launched the review in November 2017 to ensure the province is getting the best results from its research funding programs. The report, Sharpening our Competitive Edge: Positioning Ontario's Research Funding Programs for the Future, praises the design and effectiveness of the Ontario Research Fund, while recommending adjustments to ensure Ontario meets the needs of researchers at every stage of their careers.

The recommendations from the expert panel include:

  • Piloting a new stream of smaller awards in the Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence program
  • Broadening eligible expenditures under the Early Researcher Awards
  • Redesigning and streamlining the application and reporting processes, to reduce the administrative burden on researchers
  • Enhancing communications with researchers, to ensure they are aware that Ontario funds research in all disciplines and types of research.

Supporting scientific discovery and innovation is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.

Quick Facts

  • The eight-member expert panel was co-chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calgary, and Prof. Benjamin Geiger, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Biology and the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
  • The Ontario Research Fund program helps fund operations, state-of-the-art facilities and the tools our researchers need to make discoveries that will help shape Ontario’s future economy.
  • Since 2013, Ontario has committed over $783 million towards 1,024 research projects through the Ontario Research Fund, and has helped 450 new researchers build their teams through the Early Researcher Awards.


“I want to thank the panel for their valuable work, which will help inform future research initiatives. We welcome the report’s recommendations and I look forward to reviewing them as we continue to support the next generation of Ontario researchers.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

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