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Ontario Research Fund

Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence (ORF-RE)

The Ontario Research Fund-Research Excellence program provides research institutions with funding to help support the operational costs of large-scale transformative research of strategic value to the province.

Application Timeline and Important Dates


Application Streams

ORF-RE Round 9 consists of three application streams. Institutions must select one stream for each Notice of Intent (NOI) and application form. Applications can only be submitted to one stream. The three application streams are:

Descriptions of each target area, including definitions of “disruptive technology” and “clean technology” for the purposes of this competition, can be found in the Program Guidelines.

Funding Amount

ORF-RE provides up to 1/3 of the total value of a project with the remaining 2/3 from a combination of private sector and institutional contributions. The minimum and maximum amounts that can be requested from ORF (inclusive of both direct projects costs and overhead) by stream are:

Partner contributions received on or after September 25, 2016 may be eligible; however, funds may not be spent before the project start date (earliest possible: March 14, 2017). If you have questions regarding the potential eligibility of contributions or partners, please contact Research Development.

Relevant Documents and Links

Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science Materials

Western Information Session Materials


For questions regarding the ORF-RE program, please contact: