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 4 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)
  3. prepare the documents for your application package according to program guidelines and application instructions
  4. your research office submits the complete application package to the Ministry of Research and Innovation

Application deadlines

Notice of Intent due: February 12, 2014

Last date to mail complete application package: July 15, 2014

Selection process

The review panel scores applicants on:

  • research excellence
  • research impact
  • research translation
  • project management and governance

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

Projects funded

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

Notices of intent received

Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence Round 7 Notices of Intent

Application form and guidelines

Download the Notice of Intent form (PDF)

Download the Application form (PDF)

The following information package is a compressed ZIP file containing the guidelines and application instructions required to complete the forms.

Research Excellence Fund information package (ZIP)


Please refer to guidelines, Notice of Intent form, application form and application instructions. If you have any further questions, please contact:


Updated: October 9, 2014