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Government Research Initiative Programs (GRIP)

GRIP programs require each university to put forward proposals that reflect institutional-level planning. This process differs from other government-funded programs (such as many of tri-council funding programs) where individual researchers submit their research project proposals directly to the agency.

Due to the institutional decision-making and coordination that GRIP programs require, the Office of Research Services (ORS) works with the Office of Vice-President Research & Innovation (VPRI) to facilitate and coordinate all of York’s GRIP proposals. This activity is developed and implemented in keeping with York University's strategic planning.

As with all applications for external research funding, GRIP applications, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the ORS and VPRI before they are submitted to the granting agency. The application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires signatures from the principal investigation’s Chair and Dean.

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Canada Foundation for Innovation

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation established by the Government of Canada in 1997. Its goal is to strengthen the capability of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and other not-for-profit institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development.

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Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program enables Canadian universities, together with their affiliated research institutes and hospitals, to achieve the highest levels of research excellence to become world-class research centres in the global, knowledge-based economy by attracting researchers of the highest caliber.

Early Researcher Award

The Early Researcher Award program (ERA) aims to help promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates. Administered by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI), the program improves Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent. The ERA program covers the following expenses for research associates, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students carrying out the research:

  • Salaries and benefits.
  • Essential and reasonable travel and expenses related to conferences, workshops or seminars.
  • Essential and reasonable travel and expenses directly related to offsite research activities.

Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

The Post-Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) program provides outstanding scientists with two-year fellowships at Ontario’s universities.

Universities that participate in the program select and appoint the successful PDF applicants based on a competitive process.

Successful applicants receive $50,000 annually for two years, with $25,000 contributed by the Ministry of Research and Innovation and $25,000 from the participating universities.

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Ontario Research Fund-Research Infrastructure

This fund is a key part of the government's plan to foster scientific excellence by supporting research that can be translated into innovative goods and services to boost Ontario's economy. By committing $625 million over four years, Ontario had provided talented researchers with the support they need to undertake cutting-edge research. The fund is designed to provide Ontario’s research community with one window for research funding.

Ontario Research Fund-Research Excellence

This program promotes Ontario’s research excellence by supporting transformative, internationally significant research of strategic value to the province.

The ORF-RE focuses on projects with demons ratable scientific excellence, strong commercialization and strategic value to Ontario while targeting new, leading-edge research initiatives.

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:

  • Bio-economy and clean technologies.

  • Advanced health technologies

  • Digital media, information and communications technologies.

Ontario Innovation Trust

The Ontario Innovation Trust was crated in the Government of Ontario’s May 1999 budget to help provincial universities, hospitals, colleges and research institutes enhance the infrastructure required for scientific research and technology development.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Program provides investments for provided for projects in Ontario.

Note: The Ontario Innovation Trust has committed its entire capital plus earned interest to support research infrastructure in Ontario. No additional applications will be entertained.

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David Phipps
Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services
Office of Research Services
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4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel: 416.736.5055
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