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Ontario Conducting Review of Competitive Research Programs

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Ontario Conducting Review of Competitive Research Programs

Expert Panel to Ensure Province is Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

Ontario has established a panel of experts to ensure the province is getting the best results from its research programs.

The panel will review the Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence and Ontario Research Fund - Research Infrastructure programs, as well as the Early Researcher Awards, to confirm that they are successful in attracting the world's best scientists and innovators to Ontario, and keeping our top scientists working here.

The panel members are:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, Co-chair, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary
  • Prof. Benjamin Geiger, Co-chair, Principal Investigator Faculty of Biology, Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Dr. Isabelle Catelas, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Canada Research Chair (Tier II), University of Ottawa
  • Dr. Usha George, Professor, School of Social Work & Director, Ryerson Centre for Immigration & Settlement, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Amir Khajepour, Professor and Interim Chair, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Canada Research Chair (Tier I), University of Waterloo
  • Dr. Steven Rothstein, Professor and Senior Research Chair, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Guelph
  • Dr. Ted Sargent, Professor and Vice-President, International, Canada Research Chair (Tier I), University of Toronto
  • Dr. Rui Wang, Vice-President, Research, Laurentian University

Supporting scientific discovery and innovation is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence program helps researchers cover operating costs. The Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure program help ensure they have state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, so they can do their best work.
  • Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure investments are co-funded by Ontario (40 per cent), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (40 per cent) and private funders or the researcher’s own academic institution (20 per cent).
  • Since 2013, Ontario has committed over $541 million towards 700 research projects through the Ontario Research Fund (ORF).
  • Since 2013, the Early Researcher Awards have helped 348 new researchers build their research teams.

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Reza Moridi

“Ontario’s research funding programs are an important way we support our province’s researchers as they make exciting and innovative discoveries. I am looking to the expert panel review to identify new opportunities and to make sure Ontario is providing the best supports to all of the province’s researchers, at all stages of their careers.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

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