About the fund

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

The fund provides up to one third of the total value of a project, with the remaining two thirds coming from a combination of private sector and institutional contributions.

ORF-RE Round 11 has two application funding streams:

Stream 1: General – Basic and Applied Research

This stream:

  • is open to all research disciplines
  • funds projects from $500,000 to $2,000,000
  • funds projects up to a maximum of 5 years

Stream 2: Targeted – Experimental Research

This stream:

  • funds projects that demonstrate strong commercialization potential, where the innovation is at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 3 or higher
  • Targets projects in the following sectors:
    • information communications technologies
    • life sciences and medical devices
    • industrial technologies
  • requires collaboration with an Ontario-based company
  • funds projects from $300,000 to $1,000,000
  • funds projects up to a maximum of 4 years

For both streams, priority will be given to applications focused on:

  • connected, autonomous, electric vehicles (including battery and powertrain technology)
  • industrial/mining technologies related to electric vehicles, spanning the entire value chain from minerals to manufacturing to recovering resources from vehicles or their component parts at end-of-life

Projects funded

View information about past supported projects.

Who is eligible

Eligible institutions include Ontario's:

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

How to apply

The deadline for this round has passed and we are no longer accepting proposals. Please continue to visit this page for updates on the next application round.

Selection process

The review panel scores applicants on:

  • research excellence
  • commercialization potential (if applicable)
  • strategic value to Ontario
  • plan for achieving research impact
  • development of research talent
  • project management and governance

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


If you have any further questions, please email us.