60 Early Researcher Awards Submission Deadline and Eligible Disciplines

PDAD&C #60

To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From: John R.G. Challis, Vice-President, Research and Associate Provost
Date: December 20, 2005
Re: Early Researcher Awards:  Submission Deadline and Eligible Disciplines


Further to the December 1st PDAD&C message from Vice-President John Challis, we have just received the following message (see below) from the Ministry of Research & Innovation.  Given that the final deadline for submission of applications to the first round of the "Early Researcher Award" program is now March 3rd, we are moving the internal GRIP deadline to February 13th.  This will provide time for more thorough review of each proposal than was possible under the earlier deadline.

No later than February 20th, applicants should submit the following to the GRIP:
- an electronic copy of the full application;
- an electronic copy of the internal budget template; and
- a hard copy of the GRIP Application Attachment with appropriate divisional signatures.

Please see GRIP’s ERA website for more information:
ht://www.research.utoronto.ca/grip/era.htmltp This site includes links to the government website.

After proposals have been reviewed, and feedback provided and incorporated, applicants will submit 9 hard copies of the full application to the GRIP office for institutional endorsement and submission to MRI.

Questions regarding the ERA program, forms or forms submission process may be addressed to contact Scott Shank in the GRIP office, (scott.shank@utoronto.ca or 416-946-0447).

Please bring this funding opportunity to the attention of eligible faculty members in your division. We look forward to assisting your promising young faculty to be successful in this program.

The message from the Ministry of Research & Innovation is as follows:

Submission Timelines

Issue: Concerns have been expressed about the workload associated with preparing submissions for the January 26th deadline, given timing pressures for submissions to other research funding programs.

Response: The Ministry of Research and Innovation will open up a window for ERA submissions. It will start receiving submissions on January 26th and close the window with a deadline of Friday March 3rd.

This will allow the administrative processing to begin as soon as applications are received after January 26, 2006, thereby lessening the delay to the decision-making process resulting from the extension to the deadline.

Eligibility of Disciplines for ERA Awards

Issue: Concerns have been raised that not all disciplines might be eligible to submit ERA Award applications.

Response: Applications will be accepted from all disciplines, including disciplines in the Social Sciences and Humanities and the Foundational Sciences.  Applications will be reviewed and adjudicated on the basis of the excellence of the researcher, the research and the research training. The potential application of research outcomes will be considered. The peer review processes will include experts from across the broad spectrum of research disciplines.

The Early Researcher Award Program is one of a suite of Ministry programs supporting research and research commercialization activities in Ontario.

These programs fall under the umbrella of Ontario's Research and Commercialization Strategy, and address various components of the strategy.  The pillars of the strategy are: to sustain and develop research excellence; to attract and retain talent; to accelerate technology transfer and commercialization, and to build receptor capacity for knowledge transfer in our businesses and service sectors- particularly in key economic sectors such as materials and advanced manufacturing, life sciences, ICT and the other sectors referenced in the ERA and other program materials.

The Ministry of Research and Innovation will continue to refine its Research and Commercialization Strategy with the advice and guidance of the Premier's Ontario Research and Innovation Council. Support for research excellence and research talent will be a continuing underpinning of the strategy.


Allison Barr
Director, Research Branch
Ministry of Research and Innovation
Research and Commercialization Division
56 Wellesley Street West, 11th Floor
Toronto  ON M7A 2E7
(416) 212 6990
email: allison.barr@mri.gov.on.ca