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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

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.

  • EaRTH District Collaborative Research Grant

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    EaRTH District Collaborative Research Grant

    The EaRTH District Collaborative Research Grant (EDCRG) competition aims to develop collaborative projects with industry and government partners in the eastern GTA including Scarborough, Durham Region and Peterborough. It will explore synergies that can strengthen and enhance the Canadian clean technology sector and provide increased opportunities for economic development that will foster the creation of highly skilled jobs and support the transfer of knowledge to society. The Initiative includes shared research facilities, joint research projects and collaborations on teaching and learning.

    The theme for the 2022-23 year is Sustainable Transportation, Mobility, and Electric Vehicle Innovations.


    Faculty members/Staff from all disciplines and at all stages of career are welcome to apply. The lead applicant(s) must be a full-time faculty/staff member(s). Please note that eligibility criteria may differ at participating institutions, as such, please contact your research office for details.


    Call for proposals opens - December 15, 2022

    Deadline for submission of LOI - February 1, 2023

    Deadline for submission of proposal - March 6, 2023

    Communication of results to applications - Spring 2023

    Project start and end dates - May 1, 2023 to November 1, 2024

    The detailed program guidelines provide further information. This document is also available as a PDF.

    Contact Information

    Interested faculty should contact their identified institutional representative for further details. For Ontario Tech, please email

    COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH CONSORTIUM INFO      2023 Call for Joint Research Proposals        Letter of Intent

  • 2022-2023 Womxn in Research Council Chair/Co-Chair

    In keeping with Ontario Tech University’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of the Provost and the Office of Research Services (ORS) are launching The Ontario Tech University Womxn in Research Council. The specific mandate of the Council is to develop and implement programming to support, mentor and help advance womxn researchers at Ontario Tech.

    Call for Proposals                   Application Cover Sheet

  • 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.

    REC Guidelines       NOTICE OF INTENT        RESULTS    Past Year's Results

  • 2022 NSERC CREATE Internal Selection

    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.


  • 2023 CFI Innovation Fund Internal Calls for Proposal

    The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Innovation Fund (IF) provides funding for transformative research infrastructure projects, from all research disciplines, that will underpin cutting-edge globally competitive research. The CFI will support initiatives that allow institutions and their researchers to build on established capabilities to accelerate current research and technology development or to enhance emerging strategic priority areas.

    Note the following updates to the 2023 CFI Innovation Fund Internal Call for Proposals:

    Applicant Eligibility: An Ontario Tech researcher may only participate in one IF application as a Project Leader but may participate in multiple applications as a Principal User. If a researcher participates in multiple proposals, there can be no overlap in funds or infrastructure requested among the applications.

    Internal Process for Infrastructure Location and Major Considerations: At the LOI stage, applicants are required to identify a proposed location for the infrastructure requested. Applicants should initiate discussions with their Dean(s) early and review the ‘Major Equipment Considerations’ document (attached). If there are space considerations (e.g. renovations, or a need for alternate space) it is strongly recommended that the Dean(s) contact Brad MacIssac, Vice-President Administration, as early as possible for space options and planning. At the Second Stage, invited applicants will work with OCIS to develop an estimated cost for any renovations/space modifications.

    “Pitch Your Proposal” Event – Tuesday, June 29 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Applicants of Ontario Tech led proposals must participate in the “Pitch Your Proposal” Event. To encourage collaboration and identify potential synergies among the proposals, all Project Leaders and Principal Users may attend.

    Call for Proposals

  • 2022 CFI JELF Internal Call for Proposals

    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. 

    2022 CALL FOR PROPOSALS                       Results

  • 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 2023 Competition

    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.


  • 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 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

  • Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund Stage 3

    The Government of Canada implemented the temporary program, the Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF), to help sustain the research enterprise at Canadian universities that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that the benefits of significant investments to date in universities are protected.