Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence

March 17, 2009

The Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence (ORF-RE) program promotes research excellence in Ontario by supporting transformative, internationally significant research of strategic value to the province. The ORF-RE focuses on scientific excellence and strong commercialization and targets new, leading-edge research initiatives.

Amount: As a general rule, the minimum support provided by the ORF-RE to a project is $1 million and the maximum support provided is $8 million. Only in exceptional circumstances will requests over $8 million be considered.

Notice of Intent – May 15, 2009
Final Proposals – July 31, 2009

Eligibility: While research proposals in all disciplines are eligible for ORF-RE Round 4, the Ministry particularly encourages collaborative projects across institutions and disciplines from the following focus areas, outlined in the Ontario Innovation Agenda:
• Bio-economy and clean technologies;
• Advanced health technologies; and
• Digital media and information & communications technologies.

Representatives from ORF will be presenting Information Sessions through April and May.  The Research Development & Services will provide details for these sessions as soon as more information is received.
Full program details can be viewed at:

Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) – Research Grants

March 17, 2009

Funding is available annually for research that informs policy and/or practice relating to the role of principals and vice-principals in Ontario public schools

Deadline: April 30, 2009 (for a decision by May 31, 2009)

Amount: OPC will award annual research grants to a maximum of $10,000 to support research in the area of school leadership. 

Description: The purpose of the research is to provide valuable data and analysis on current trends related to the role of principals and vice-principals in Ontario. Each year a current theme for investigation is selected. The theme for 2009-10 has not been announced.

Eligibility:Applications are invited from educators and educational researchers in Ontario. Principals and vice-principals are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to joint school-based action research proposals from teams from more than one institution – e.g. a school and a university.

More information & applications…