Friday, August 26, 2011

[PDADC-L] Early Research Award 2011, Round 8



FROM: Professor Paul Young, Vice President, Research

DATE: August 22, 2011

RE: Early Research Award 2011 (Round 8)

Please bring this information to the attention of eligible faculty in your department.

The Ministry of Research and Innovation has announced the 2011 competition for Early Researcher Awards (ERA). This 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.

The Early Researcher Awards program will now include seven panels recognizing achievement in the categories of Arts and Humanities; Energy, Environment and Emerging Technologies; Information and Communication Technologies, Math and Physics; Life Sciences – Clinical; Life Sciences – Non-Clinical; Materials and Advanced Manufacturing; and Social Sciences. For Round 8, the Ministry of Research and Innovation has introduced a new, distinct “Arts and Humanities” panel to recognize achievement in the study of arts and culture which are essential components of a creative, knowledge-based economy.

Eligible applicants are no more than 5 years from having started their independent academic research career, as of July 1, 2011 and no more than 10 years from having completed their first PhD, DVM, or Medical Doctor/Fellowship/Training as of July 1, 2011. To be competitive, researchers should be actively involved in conducting independent research that is supported by peer-reviewed funding.

The key dates for campus-based faculty applicants are as follows:

September 30: internal deadline for Notices of Intent
October 5 : The Research Services Office will be hosting an information session, time and location will be posted on our website:

November 7: internal deadline for full applications

The award provides $100,000 for direct costs plus $40,000 for indirect costs based on a matching contribution of $50,000. The ultimate goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent, move increasingly towards a knowledge-based economy and seize opportunities for global leadership. The ERA program success rate over all competitions is 37%, while the UT (campus) success rate is 42%.

For further information about this program and to obtain forms please visit or contact Sheila Van Landeghem (, 416-946-3603).

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