How it works

The Early Researcher Awards program gives funding to new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions to build a research team.

Who is eligible

You are eligible if you:

  • are a full-time faculty member or principal investigator based at an eligible research institution
  • have started your academic career on or after January 1, 2016
  • have completed your first Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Medical Doctor or terminal degree on or after January 1, 2011
  • have not already held an Early Researcher Award
  • are not a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair

Eligible institutions include:

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

Funding amount

Each award to a leading researcher is a maximum of $100,000 and must be matched by an additional $50,000 from the researcher's institution. 

The government will provide up to $40,000 to your research centre for operating costs.

How to submit your application

  1. Download the application form.

    The application form also contains program guidelines and instructions on how to submit your application.

  2. Submit the completed application by 5 p.m. (EST), Thursday, December 1, 2022.

    Online Information Sessions

    Sign-up for an overview of Early Researcher Award Round 17. You can choose from three sessions offered.

    Pre-registration is required on a first-come, first-served basis. Event capacity is limited.

    Information session dates:

    1. September 27, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET (1 hour)
    2. September 28, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET (1 hour)
    3. October 4, 2022, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (1 hour)

    Note: The sessions on September 28th and October 4th will be pre-recorded, however, questions will be answered live.

Selection process

The review panel scores applicants on:

  • excellence of the researcher
  • quality of the proposal
  • development of research talent
  • benefits for Ontario

Projects funded

Find information about projects supported through the Early Researcher Awards on the Ontario Data Catalogue.

If you have questions, please contact:

 era@ontario.ca