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					Opportunities for Research
Funding at UOIT

   Information Session to all faculty
   Presented by:
   Dr. Kamiel Gabriel, Associate Provost,
   Research & Graduate Programs
   Jennifer Freeman, Manager, Research

  July 7, 2005
   Ontario Research Chairs
   CFI funds (infrastructure)
   Ontario Research Fund (ORF)
   National Centres of Excellence
   Youth S&T Outreach program
   Ontario Commercialization Network
   Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
Ontario Research Chairs
Ontario Research Chairs
Program Objective
 In the Ontario Budget of May 11, 2005, the government
  allocated $25 million to the Council of Ontario
  Universities to create new Ontario Research Chairs at
  universities across the province.

 The Minister of Training Colleges and Universities stated:
      “Ontario needs to be a world leader in leading edge
       research in key areas of public policy. Increasing the
       number of leading edge researchers at our universities
       will serve to lay the foundation for this standard of
       excellence, and ensure the next generation of graduate
       students are prepared to address issues and find novel
       solutions to problems of central relevance to all
Ontario Research Chairs
 The fund is to be used to endow Ontario
  Research Chairs in one or more of the
  following disciplines:
     Postsecondary education policy and measurement
     Environmental policy and renewable energy
     Health policy and system design
     Biomarkers in disease management
     Urban policy – crime or transportation
     Educational achievement and at risk students
     Economics and cross cultural studies
     Bioethics
Ontario Research Chairs
 Eligibility
   The Ontario Research Chair is held by an
    outstanding researcher acknowledged by
    peers as a world leader in the field.
   All Ontario publicly assisted universities
    are eligible to apply.
   The Executive Head of the University at
    which the Chair is being proposed must
    sponsor the University’s application.
Ontario Research Chairs
Selection Panel
 Selection Panel
   The Council of Ontario Universities has
    created a Selection Panel, to operate at
    arm’s length from the Council.
   The Panel is responsible for setting the
    selection criteria, operating the selection
    process and making the selection of the
    institutions for the endowment of the
    Ontario Research Chairs.
Ontario Research Chairs
Selection Panel
 The Section Panel members are:
   David Strangway (Chair),
   Judith Maxwell,
   Arthur May, and
   Harold Shapiro.
 The Secretary of the Selection Panel is Harry Swain.
 The Selection Panel will engage internationally
  renowned experts in each of the eight subject areas
  to review the submissions.
 Biographies of the Selection Panel members and
  Secretary are featured on the Ontario Research Chairs
    Ontario Research Chairs
    Proposals and Selection Process
     Selection Process
       The award of the Chair endowment will
        occur in two stages
Stage       Date               Milestone           Responsibility
1       October 14th,   Institutional Proposal   Institution
                        (multiple submissions
                        are permitted)
2       January 1,      University submits       Institution
        2007            the candidacy of an
        (can be         individual for
        submitted       appointment as Chair
Canada Foundation For Innovation
Canada Foundation for Innovation
(CFI): New program architecture
      2006-2010 investments with $750M plus interest

                  Leading-             New
   Planning       edge Fund            Initiatives

                      Infrastructure Operating Fund

 Benefits                                                  Merit
                National               Leaders
                Platform Fund          Opportunity

CFI new emphasis
 International competitiveness
   Canada to become a leader in certain areas
   Develop global partnerships (e.g., ED framework
 Commercialization of R & D
   Facilitate meaningful university, college,
    industry partnerships for knowledge transfer and
    build on regional strength
 Develop HQP for universities
   Provide infrastructure that allows UG students to
    participate in research and provide opportunities
    for youth.
Interesting findings
 A US study showed that small, mainly
  UG schools in the US contribute more
  to providing HQP through graduate
  work than large, research-intensive

  From a speech by Dr. E. Philipson, President & CEO of
CFI Funding Philosophy
 Funding philosophy for infrastructure
   40% from CFI
   40% from Provincial Government (ORF)
   20% from Industry (cash or in-kind)

CFI – Criteria for Evaluation
 Capacity of applicants to perform
  leading edge research of international
 Strong justification that the required
  infrastructure provides an opportunity
  for innovative research that is of
  benefit to Canada
CFI – New Programs
   Leading-edge Fund
   New Initiatives Fund
   Leaders Opportunity Fund
   National Platforms Fund
   Infrastructure Operating Fund
Leading Edge Fund
  Enables institutions to build and enhance
   already successful and productive
   initiatives supported by PAST CFI
  Focus on productive activities in select
   areas of strategic priority where there is a
   competitive advantage.
  Thereby securing and further enhancing
   highly competitive research.
New Initiatives Fund
 Eligible projects
   Projects with no prior CFI investment
    via Innovation Fund, Research
    Development Funds or International
   Envelopes to limit total CFI support
New Initiatives Fund (NIF)
 Application Process is a two step
     Institution must provide a Notice of Intent
      (NOI) for each project
     Institution must provide:
       Most recent Strategic Research Plan
       Complete application (electronically) plus a
        paper copy and a letter from the President/CEO
        listing all submitted proposals
Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF)
 Builds on:
   New Opportunities Fund (subject to institutional
   Canada Research Chairs Infrastructure
   Career Awards Funds (in partnership with
    federal granting agencies, $1M invested in 2005
    for six Steacie Fellows)

  It is designed to assist universities to attract
  excellent faculty to Canadian universities as well as
  retain the very best of today and tomorrow’s
  leading researchers for Canada.
Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF)
 Application Process
   Decisions coincide with CFI board
   Submission dates three times a year –
    can be submitted at anytime
National Platform Fund
 Characteristics:
   Provides generic research infrastructure,
    resources, services, and facilities that serve the
    needs of many research subjects and disciplines,
    and that requires periodic reinvestments because
    of the nature of the technologies.
   The Fund is established to first deal with High
    Performance Computing (HPC), but may be
    applicable in other cases.
   Currently there are six CFI-funded regional HPC
    consorita: Westgrid, SHARCNET, HPCVL,
    CLUMEQ, RQCHP and Acenet.
Infrastructure Operating Fund
 Contributes to the incremental
  operating and maintenance costs
  associated with projects funded by
  the CFI to maximize the efficient
  utilization of research infrastructure.
Ontario Research Fund (ORF)
Ontario Research Fund (ORF)

 The Ontario Research Fund (ORF) is
  designed to provide Ontario’s
  research community with one
  window for research funding.
Ontario Research Fund (ORF)
   A key component of the province’s Research and
    Commercialization Strategy, ORF aims to keep
    Ontario’s researchers at the leading-edge in priority
    economic sectors by supporting:

    1. Research Excellence
         For the operational costs (direct and indirect) of
          research (http://www.ontario-

    2. Research Infrastructures
         For the capital costs (http://www.ontario-

ORF Research Excellence Program

 The ORF’s Research Excellence
  program is a four-year, $217 million
  fund to promote research excellence
  in Ontario by:
   supporting leading-edge research
   developing research talent
   supporting commercialization and
    knowledge transfer in targeted
    economic sectors
Priority Areas
 While research proposals in all disciplines
  are eligible, priority will be given to those
  in targeted economic sectors:
   materials and advanced manufacturing
   information and communications technologies
   life sciences
   environmental technologies
   energy systems and technologies, particularly
    conservation and green technologies
   agriculture
   other emerging technologies (e.g.,
   On a competitive basis, Ontario
    institutions must have a commitment
     private sector partners that contribute
      one-third of the total proposed costs
     institutional support that contributes the
      other third of the proposed costs
     ORF Board may consider, in special cases, a
      blended formula where the institution and
      private sector partners contribute 2/3 of
      the funds
Selection Criteria
 Quality of research (scientific merit, team,
  inter-institutional collaboration, etc.)
 Plan for youth outreach/mentorship
 Development of research talent (HQP)
 Support for commercialization and knowledge
  transfer (commitment of private sector,
  commercialization potential, University-
  Industry relationship)
 Alignment with key priority sectors
 Project management (budget, business plan,
  milestones and deliverables)
Review Process
             Proposals Submitted

             Ministry staff check for

               Peer Review Panel

                 Expert Review

              ORF Advisory Board


            Decision to Universities
Eligible Funding

   The ORF-RE program will fund:
     direct costs
     indirect costs
Eligible Direct Costs
 Eligible Direct Costs:
   Salaries and benefits for students, researchers,
     technical and administrative staff, consulting fees,
     honoraria for guest lecturers.
   Facilities and equipment (10% max.) for
     research, supplies, computers, software, staff
     training for equipment use, maintenance and
     operating costs.
   Space: cost of renovation of existing space, leased
     spaces or institutional contributions of space.
   Dissemination costs of reprints and reports,
     workshops and seminars organisation, networking,
     travel to meetings with private sector, related costs
     to field work.
   Management (max. 10%) for office supplies,
     telephone, travel to conferences
Eligible Indirect Costs
 Eligible indirect costs:
   Indirect costs are overhead costs
    associated with conducting research.
   Up to 40% of direct costs can be
    allocated to indirect costs.
Contribution Requirements
 The operating costs of research are funded from
  3 sources:
   1/3 maximum from the ORF-RE program
   1/3 from the private sector
   1/3 from the institution

        O R F- R E               Institution

Institutional Contributions
 Institutional Contributions:
   applicants must disclose the source and could
     Provincial operating grants to the institution
     Federal granting councils (CIHR, NSERC,
       SSHRC) awards directed to researchers
       involved in the project
     Non-infrastructure portion of CRC if the Chair is
       working on the project
     Any research funding, philanthropic gifts or
       grants directed to the institution and in turn
       earmarked as an ORF-RE project.
Partner In-Kind Contributions
 Partner in-kind contributions:
     Equipment, materials and supplies
     Software, databases
     Use of space and facilities
     Salaries of professional and technical personnel
     Travel related to the project

  As a general rule, ORF will adopt CFI’s policy on
     assessing the value of in-kind contributions for
     infrastructure and related expenditures.
Eligible Private Sector Partners
 Eligible private sector partners:
   For-profit businesses
   Venture capital funds
   Non-profit research institutes funded by relevant
   Charities and foundations
   Private philanthropists

  Partners are required to confirm their vested
  interest in the research as well as the financial
  means to meet the commitment.

When is the next call for proposals?
   The closing date for Round 1 is
    September 30, 2005.
    Additional Information
    How do institutions apply?
        Application Instructions
          http://www.ontario-

        Application Form
          http://www.ontario-

        Application Workbook
          http://www.ontario-

    Program        Jack Krepel                    Mima Vulovic
    Contacts       (416) 326-9603                 (416) 314-0634
ORF-Research Infrastructure
(ORF-RI): Program Objectives
 With $300 million in funding over four years, ORF’s
  Research Infrastructure (ORF-RI) program will
  support the modernization, development and/or
  acquisition of new research infrastructure at Ontario’s
  universities, colleges and hospitals.
 The program provides matching funds toward projects
  that have been awarded a grant from the Canada
  Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

 Summary:
   Support of eligible capital costs
   Match funds for successful CFI applicants
 Who’s eligible for funding?
   Any Ontario institutions eligible to apply to the
    CFI under its Innovation Fund, New
    Opportunities Fund or Canada Research Chairs
    Infrastructure Fund are eligible to apply for ORF-
    RI infrastructure funding.
   As these programs are restructured by the CFI,
    the ORF-RI eligibility guideline will be updated
    as appropriate.

   Funds Available: $300 M for 4 years
Program Deadline
  Deadline
    3 weeks following the application deadline
     for the corresponding CFI award

    ORF-RI application and eligible guidelines
     will be updated to match the new CFI
     program structure
What’s eligible for funding?
 ORF-RI funds the capital costs of acquiring,
  developing, modernizing or leasing research
  infrastructure as defined by the CFI.
      These include:
        Equipment
        specimens,
        scientific collections,
        computer software,
        information databases,
        communications linkages,
        housing and installations essential for the use and
          servicing of the aforementioned infrastructure
 Contributions towards the total
  eligible costs are as follows:
   40% maximum contribution from ORF
   60% minimum contribution is the
    responsibility of the research institution,
    and can be comprised of:
        CFI
        any private funding partners
        Institution’s own resources
Evaluation Criteria
 Applications will be judged on how well
   support the development of highly qualified
    personnel in Ontario
   demonstrate scientific merit and contribute to
    research excellence
   encourage collaboration between the
    recipient(s) or institution and the private sector
   promote inter-institutional sharing and
   demonstrate support for commercialization and
    knowledge transfer
ORF Research Infrastructure
Program (ORF-RI)
How do institutions apply?
      Application Instructions
          www.ontario-
      Application Form
          www.ontario-
      RI Program Guidelines
          www.ontario-
If you have questions, contact:
      Doug Bower
       Tel: 416-212-7060
Networks of Centres of Excellence
    New Initiative (NCE-NI)
Networks of Centres of Excellence
New Initiative (NCE-NI)
2005 Competition

 The NCE-NI program is launching a pilot
   $1M-per-year new initiative will support the
    networking activities of research groups to
    develop new partnerships with receptor
   The funding is not intended to support
    research as it is expected that the teams will
    already have existing research funding.
   It is not intended for existing networks or
    networks completing the end of their NCE
Program Goals
 The NCE-NI funding shall support
  networking activities among
  researchers whose work seeks
  ultimately to improve the well-being
  of Canadians, be it social, health-
  related and/or economic.

 The goal of this initiative is to
  facilitate the creation of networks.
Program Description
 Funds research that addresses critical issues of
  scientific, intellectual, social, economic and/or cultural
  significance in areas of strategic importance to
 The networking should be nation-wide,
  multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral and should
  integrate the research and development priorities of
  all participants.
 Networking activities supported by the NCE-NI must
  involve receptor communities (e.g. public sector,
  private sector and/or NGOs).
 The NCE-NI will fund the networking activities
  (networking costs, network administration, etc.) and
  may not be used for the support of research
   Universities, affiliated hospitals and research
    institutes, and post-secondary institutions
    having a research mandate.
   Researchers and organizations that receive
    NCE-NI funds must meet the general
    eligibility requirements of one of the three
    federal granting agencies partnering in the
   Participants from government and the
    private sector, while not eligible to receive
    NCE-NI funds, are required to play an active
    role in the network.
Important Dates

       Dates                       Milestones
May 2005              Competition Announcement

July 25th,2005        Deadline for pre-screening services by
                      the NCE Directorate
September 12th, 2005 Deadline for Receipt of Application

September 2005        Peer Review of Applications

October 2005          New NCE-NI Awards Announcement
Competition Process
 Prescreening Services:
   The NCE Program is offering advice to applicants on
     eligibility before July 25th, 2005.
   There is no form to complete for the pre-screening.
   However, interested groups are asked to contact NCE
     by email to notify them of the intention to apply and
     to provide a short description of their proposed
            Who are the partners?
            What are the goals?
            How is the proposed network meeting the criteria of
             the program?

 This description should not exceed 2 pages
Funding to Establish a Network
 Networks compete for NCE-NI funding
  cycles of 2-4 years
 Eligible proposals must be of such
  scope that they require a minimum
  annual budget of $200K and a
  maximum annual budget of $400K.
Additional Information
 Contact
   Please communicate with the Program
    Administrator, Pierre-François Le Fol, by
    email,, or
    telephone, (613)996 9825
Youth S&T Outreach Program
Youth S&T Outreach Program
 The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
  recognizes the need to provide youth with
  opportunities to advance their interests and abilities in
  science and technology so that they can make
  informed post-secondary academic and career
 The Youth Science and Technology (S&T) Outreach
  Program will provide $3 Million over the next three
  years to facilitate the connection between researchers
  and youth in settings beyond the classroom and
  beyond the curriculum.
 The Program's primary target audience is high school
  students as they are most receptive to in-depth
  mentorship experiences and post-secondary career
Youth S&T Outreach Program
 Program Objectives
  1. Connect Youth with Researchers
           Projects with multiple partners (researchers, private
            sector) will be ranked higher
           Projects representing an academic discipline or emerging
            field are encouraged.
  2. Engage Youth Across Ontario
           Projects involving partnerships among organizations that
            operate in both large urban centres and remote
            communities are strongly encouraged.
  3. Provide Youth with Science and Technology
           This includes outreach opportunities in provincial and
            federal laboratories, as well as private sector labs.
  4. Publicly Promote Science and Technology
           Projects will be evaluated on how well events engage a
            wider audience and allow the resources developed for
            youth to have a lasting impact within the community.
Youth S&T Outreach Program
 Eligible Applicants
     Science awareness organizations
     Post-secondary institutions
     Research institutions
     Industry or professional associations
     Boards of Education
Youth S&T Outreach Program
Application Deadlines
 For projects that will be operational in
  summer 2005, submit an application
  by May 15th, 2005.

 For projects that will be operational
  after summer 2005, apply by
  September 30th, 2005.
Youth S&T Outreach Program
Eligible Outreach Activities
 Researchers can meet and mentor youth in a variety of
  ways, ranging from a one-hour lecture for many
  students, to summer laboratory experiences for just a
  few senior high-school students.
 Projects employing a number of techniques are
  encouraged. These could include:
   Speaking Opportunities
   Lecture Series
   Workshops and Demonstrations
   Student Competitions
   Expert in Residence
   Lab Mentorship
   Resource Kits
   Educational Programs
Youth S&T Outreach Program
Ineligible Outreach Activities
 Projects are to provide youth with face-to-
  face contact with researchers, therefore:
   The program will not support the production
    of books, curriculum documents, or multi-media,
    including new websites.

 Funding is meant to create science
  experiences in research labs, therefore:
   Funds will not be used to subsidize the
    purchase price of commercially available
    equipment, such as off-the-shelf kits, computers
    or software, or to fund conferences.
Youth S&T Outreach Program
Additional Information
 Youth S&T Outreach Program
   Research Branch
    Research and Commercialization Division
    Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
    11 th Floor, 56 Wellesley St. W.,
    Toronto, ON, M7A 2E7
    Tel: (416) 314-0630
    Fax: (416) 314-8224

   http://www.ontario-
       Ontario Research
Commercialization Program (ORCP)
Ontario Research
Commercialization Program (ORCP)
 The Ontario Research Commercialization Program
  (ORCP) is a key component of the government’s
  Research and Commercialization Strategy.
 The overall goal of the new, three year, $27 million
  program is to increase Ontario’s innovation
   Strengthen public research institution/industry
     linkages and collaboration and improve public
     research institution linkages to the local economy
   Help public research institutions advance research
     discoveries to market ready inventions through early
     stage Proof of Principle Funds
   Help entrepreneurs, start-ups and industry bring new
     products to market
Program Components
ORCP consists of three components
  1. Accelerating the Transfer of Knowledge and
      Technology to the Private Sector
  2. Proof of Principle Funds
  3. Building Industry Receptor Capacity

For all three components, applicants are encouraged to:
    Coordinate their activities on a local, regional or
        provincial basis
    Explore opportunities for new and innovative
    Incorporate strong links to the investment and
        business communities to leverage their
        commercialization expertise
  Grants will be awarded for up to three

  Typical grants will be between $100,000
   and $750,000/year and will depend on
   the number of organizations in the group
   and the nature of the proposed
Application Process
 How do research institutions/not-
  for-profit organizations apply?
   To participate in ORCP eligible applicants
    must first submit an Expression of
   Applicants will be notified in writing as to
    eligibility and applications are not to be
    submitted until written notification has
    been received.

              Date                                 Milestones
September 16, 2005                    Expression of Interest (EOI)

October 7th, 2005                     Written notification from
November 18, 2005                     Submission of Application

Applicants will be notified in writing as to eligibility and applications are
not to be submitted until written notification has been received.
Projects will be selected for funding through a competitive process.
Additional Information
 Contact
   For more information on ORCP or
    clarification of the Expression of Interest
    or Application Guidelines/Form, you may
    contact MEDT:
     416-326-9643
     http://www.ontario-
Ontario Centres of Excellence
Ontario Centres of Excellence
The Ontario Centres of Excellence were founded in 1987
and consist of five Centres:
    Centre for Energy (NEW)
    Communications and Information Technology Ontario
    Earth and Environment Technologies (formerly
    Materials and Manufacturing Ontario (MMO)
    Photonics Research Ontario (PRO)
Ontario Centres of Excellence
 Collectively, the Centres promote the economic
  development of Ontario through directed research,
  commercialization of technology and training for
  highly qualified personnel.

 The Centres are among the few publicly funded
  institutions that systematically integrate and manage
  connections from university to marketplace to ensure
  the successful application of innovative science and
  technology to profitable new businesses.
CITO College Partnership Program
 June 2005 Call for Proposals for
  the College Partnership Program
  Application Deadlines
     Announcement of call: June 20, 2005
     Expression of interest: July 25, 2005
     Application deadline: September 2, 2005
     Award notification: September 20, 2005
     Project start: October 10, 2005
CITO Research Partnerships Program
 The Research Partnerships Program
  (RPP) invests in advanced research
  partnerships between academic
  institutions and businesses in Ontario.
 Investment: OCE/CITO will invest
  $3.5M in this round (8.1)
 Project Duration: All projects have a
  maximum duration of two (2) years
Research Partnerships Program
 Key Dates for Round 8.1
   Call for Proposals July 04, 2005
   Deadline for Expression of Interest
    (Mandatory) July 27, 2005
   RPP Applications available on-line: July
    28, 2005
   Deadline for RPP Applications September
    08, 2005

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