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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

Internal Funding Results

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation coordinates a number of internal funding programs designed to support research by Ontario Tech University faculty and reward research excellence. The results from these internal programs are below.

  • Research Excellence Chairs Program

    Ontario Tech has a Research Excellence Chairs Program that recognizes and rewards the high‐quality research and scholarly achievements of our Faculty members. The program is designed to enable accomplished scholars to complete a major research program or project.


  • Research Excellence Award

    This award recognizes excellence in research achieved by Ontario Tech Faculty members. Two Research Excellence Awards are presented annually.

    There were 9 REA applicants for the 2023 round and the award recipients for each category are as follows:

    • Emerging Researcher Category: Theresa Stotesbury
    • Mid-Career Researcher Category: Martin Agelin-Chaab
    • Established Researcher Category: Ahmad Barari
  • SSHRC Small Grants Competition

    The Office of Research Services (ORS) secures funds from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Institutional Grant program to support and strengthen Ontario Tech University’s research capacity in the social sciences and humanities.

    More specifically, these funds are used to support research activities that enhance the research programs and expertise of Ontario Tech researchers, leading to the development of competitive applications to external SSHRC programs, or to effectively mobilize social sciences and humanities research knowledge within and beyond the academic community.


  • Research Infrastructure Fund

    The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to faculty members to enhance their research capacity at our university. The fund will support the purchase of research equipment, operating and maintenance costs of equipment, and other related infrastructure costs required to acquire and maintain research equipment.



    The NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program is designed to improve the training and mentoring environment for the Canadian researchers of tomorrow by improving training in areas such as professional skills, communication and collaboration, as well as by providing mentoring and experience relevant to both academic and non-academic research environments. NSERC has a quota system at the Letter of Intent (LOI) stage of this program. An internal competition must be held to determine the Ontario Tech LOIs to be submitted to NSERC, if the number of internal applications exceeds the quota.

    Results are posted for the years in which the number of internal applications exceeded the institutional quota and an internal selection process was needed. The internal selection process was not required for the 2024 NSERC CREATE competition.


  • CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF)

    The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) enables researchers to undertake cutting-edge research by providing them with the foundational research infrastructure required to be or become leaders in their field. In turn, this enables institutions to remain internationally competitive in areas of research and technology development, aligned with their strategic priorities. JELF is an allocation-based fund whereby CFI predetermines the maximum amount of funding for which each eligible university may apply.