Ontario Research Fund: Research Infrastructure

How to apply for funding to help cover the costs of research infrastructure (e.g., renovating facilities, purchasing equipment, etc.).

How it works

The Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure provides research institutions with funding to help support infrastructure needs, such as modern facilities and equipment.

Both the Ontario government and the Canada Foundation for Innovation provide funding.

You need to apply to both programs at the same time.


The Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure is divided into three funds:

Large Infrastructure

  • helps cover the costs of building/renovating and equipping facilities to conduct collaborative academic research
  • co-funds with the Innovation Fund

Small Infrastructure

  • helps cover the costs of acquiring/renewing research equipment (e.g., specimens, scientific collections, computer software, information databases)
  • co-funds with the John R. Evans Leaders Fund

College-Industry Innovation

  • helps cover the costs of building, renovating and equipping research facilities to promote college-industry partnerships
  • co-funds with Canada Foundation for Innovation’s College-Industry Innovation Fund
  • participation from private-sector partners is essential

Who is eligible

Eligible institutions include:

  • universities and colleges
  • research hospitals
  • non-profit research institutes

Funding amount

This funding comes from two places: the Ontario government and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Each provides up to 40% of eligible costs.

The remaining 20% needs to come from private funding partners and/or your own research institution.

How to apply

Step 1: Notify your institution’s research office that you plan to apply.

Step 2: Your research office submits a Notice of Intent to apply to the Ontario Research Fund (except for the Small Infrastructure program).

Step 3: Prepare the documents for your application package according to program guidelines and application instructions.

Step 4: Your research office submits the complete application package to the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Application forms and guidelines

The application package for the Small Infrastructure Fund will be posted soon.

Important dates

Large Infrastructure Fund deadlines

  • No upcoming competitions

Small Infrastructure Fund deadlines

Submit your applications by:

  • June 12, 2015; or
  • November 13, 2015; or
  • March 11, 2016

College-Industry Innovation Fund deadlines

The deadline to submit your application was May 29, 2015.

Evaluation criteria

The ministry reviews both the Ontario Research Fund and corresponding Canada Foundation for Innovation application and looks for the:

  • quality of the research and the researchers
  • need for the infrastructure
  • ability to attract highly qualified personnel and give them new high-level skills
  • potential benefits to Ontario (economy, health, environment, quality of life, public policy, visibility in the global scientific community)

Projects funded

Information about projects supported through the Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure program can be found on the Ontario Open data website.


For more information, please contact ORFInfrastructure.Mailbox@ontario.ca

Updated: June 9, 2015