Ontario Research Fund: Research Excellence

How to apply for funding to help cover the cost of research operations (e.g. salaries, supplies, etc.)

How it works

The Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence (ORF-RE) provides research institutions with funding to help support the operational costs of large-scale transformative research of strategic value to the province.

Who is eligible

Eligible institutions include:

  • universities
  • colleges
  • research hospitals
  • non-profit research institutions

Funding amount

ORF-RE provides up to 1/3 of the total value of a project with the remaining 2/3 from a combination of private sector and institutional contributions. Generally, the minimum support provided by the ORF-RE to a project is $1 million and the maximum support provided is $4 million.

How to apply

The application process involves 5 steps:

  1. notify your research office that you plan to apply
  2. your research office submits a Notice of Intent to apply (a document that lets the government know you plan to apply for an award) by July 31, 2015
  3. read the program guidelines and application instructions
  4. prepare your application and submit to your research office
  5. your research office mails the complete application package to the ministry by January 19, 2016

Selection process

The review panel scores applicants on:

  • research excellence
  • research impact
  • plan for achieving research impact
  • development of research talent
  • project management and governance

Applicants will get a copy of the review panel’s comments.

Projects funded

Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence program: information about supported projects


Please refer to guidelines, Notice of Intent form and application form. If you have any further questions, please email us.

Updated: June 8, 2015