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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Funding agency COVID-19 updates

Given the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, please find below information and links to research-related news and/or updates from external funders received by the Office of Research Services

Federal Tri-Agency:

Tri-agency message on COVID-19 (March 16, 2020)  

Notice to researchers about the eligibility of travel fees for disruptions caused by COVID-19Re: travel fees for disruptions caused by COVID 19  (March 6, 2020)

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

NSERC program information in relation to COVID‑19 (March 20, 2020)

NSERC News Releases Page

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

COVID-19: Impacts on SSHRC’s policies and programs  

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

COVID-19 update page  

Canada Research Chair (CRC) Program

The release of results for the October 2019 cycle (2019-2) is delayed until June, 2020. Start dates for renewals and new nominations will be backdated to April 1, 2020, where applicable.  

The deadline for Chairholder Annual Reports and Institutional Reports has been postponed to September 30, 2020. (Updated on March 20, 2020)

New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF)

NFRF Transformation Stream - While we finalize the review of the competition timeline, the Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline for the 2020 Transformation Competition has been extended to July 15, 2020, at 8 p.m. (eastern). This is the deadline for submission to the agency by the research administrators; institutions may have earlier internal deadline. Dates for future milestones will also be changed. (March 20, 2020).  

Canadian Foundation for Innovation

COVID-19: Update on 2020 Innovation Fund competition and other CFI activities  

Other Government Agencies

Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)

Due to the ongoing and evolving COVD-19 outbreak, IDEaS will be working at a highly reduced capacity. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

For additional questions, please contact the IDEaS mailbox at DND.IDEaS-IDEeS.MDN@forces.gc.ca

Mitacs

Update on COVID-19 (coronavirus) (March 20, 2020)

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

A connected community, a coordinated response

Grant extensions due to COVID-19 research disruption

The Office of Research Services is here to support your research and facilitate adjustments, particularly during this time of rapidly evolving change due to COVID-19.  NSERC and SSHRC are permitting no-cost extensions for up to 12 months for grants with an end date between February 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 inclusively. This provision applies to all NSERC and SSHRC grants, regardless of whether they have received a previous time extension of any length for any reason (including, where applicable, automatic extensions).

If you would like to request an extension to your current NSERC- or SSHRC-funded research projects ending within the specified timeframe, please contact your Grants Officer to:

  • specify the length of the extension needed, and
  • provide a paragraph identifying how the COVID-19 situation has impacted your research necessitating the extension requested.

 ORS is also permitting no-cost extensions for up to 12 months for Ontario Tech internal grants (SSHRC Small Grant, Dr. Deborah Saucier Early Researcher Award, Research Infrastructure Fund, and Research Excellence Chair) with an end date between February 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 inclusively. This provision applies to all Ontario Tech Internal grants, regardless of whether they have received a previous time extension of any length for any reason (including, where applicable, automatic extensions).

If you would like to request an extension to your current Ontario Tech-funded research projects, please contact your Grants Officer to:

  • specify the length of the extension needed, and
  • provide a paragraph identifying how the COVID-19 situation has impacted your research necessitating the extension requested.

Other Updates

Lakeridge Health Letter to the Community