61 Response to Questions Regarding Current Call for Proposals for Early Researcher Awards

PDAD&C #61

To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From: John R.G. Challis, Vice-President, Research and Associate Provost
Date: January 4, 2006
Response to Questions Regarding Current Call for Proposals for Early Researcher Awards




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Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 12:16:57 -0500

From: "Barr, Allison (MRI)" <Allison.Barr@mri.gov.on.ca>

Reply-To: "Barr, Allison (MRI)" <Allison.Barr@mri.gov.on.ca>

Subject: Response to Questions regarding current call for proposals for Early Researcher Awards

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