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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.

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Internal funding

We co-ordinate numerous internal funding programs designed to support research and reward research excellence by university faculty.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC): The university receives funds from the SSHRC Institutional Grant program to support research activities being conducted by full-time faculty members that enhance research capacity in the social sciences. The program is also funded through the SSHRC General Research Fund.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) General Research Fund (GRF): The NSERC GRF is used to re-invest NSERC funds unspent in previous years with the university allocating matching funds from the GRF to support recipients of NSERC Discovery Development Grants (DDG), a pilot program complementary to the Discovery Program. The university provides a $5,000 match to DDG recipients.

The Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation co-ordinates a number of internal funding programs designed to support research by Ontario Tech University faculty, and reward research excellence.

  • Research Excellence Award

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

    REA Guidelines                        RESULTS

  • SSHRC Small Research Grants

    The university receives funds from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Institutional Grant program to support research activities by our full-time faculty members that enhance research capacity in the social sciences.

    SSHRC Small Research Grants                      Results

  • Dr. Deborah Saucier Early Researcher Award

    The Dr. Deborah Saucier Early Researcher Award is a research grant that was established to honour the former Provost’s commitment to research discovery and innovation at Ontario Tech. The purpose of this award is to support early-career researchers to develop competitive, high‐quality programs of research, scholarship and creative activity, and to build strong records of achievement in their fields.

    Dr. Deborah Saucier Early Researcher Award                       RESULTS

  • Research Excellence Chairs Program

    Ontario Tech has established a Research Excellence Chairs Program to recognize and reward 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.

    REC Guidelines                    RESULTS

  • 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.

    Research Infrastructure Fund              RESULTS