MRI - Early Researcher Award - Round 14


Value: $100,000
Duration: 5 years
Eligibility: started academic career on or after July 1, 2013 AND comleted PhD after July 1, 2008
Deadlines: NOI due at Lassonde: May 29, 2018, 9.00 am*


*e-mail to AND



May 29, 2018, 9.00 am - LOI due at Lassonde (e-mail to AND
May 31, 2018, 10.00 am - LOI due at ORS (Paulina and Christina will forward LOIs to ORS)
June 1, 2018 - let Christina know whom to contact for letters
July 17, 2018, 4.00 pm - letters of reference due at ORS
July 18, 2018, 9.00 am - deadline for full review of applications at Lassonde
July 30, 2018, 9.00 am - complete application package due at Lassonde for signatures
July 31, 2018, 9.00 am - complete application package due at ORS

Note that ORS submits the packages to MRI.


The funds are to be used over a period of five years to fund eligible expenses for a research team of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians.  The ERA program is a competitive, discretionary, non-entitlement program that encourages applications from all disciplines.


  • are full-time faculty or principal investigators who, at the application deadline, are based at an eligible institution (see detailed guidelines);
  • have started their academic career on or after July 1, 2013; and
  • have completed their first Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Medical Doctor or terminal degree on or after July 1, 2008

These timelines may be extended in the case of eligible career interruptions:

  • Section 8d of the application allows the applicant to provide the review panel with details on interruptions or delays. Failure to provide information will result in the application being deemed ineligible.
  • Research associate positions and post-doctoral fellowships are not considered eligible interruptions.
  • Continued education, required training (e.g. medical training and fellowships), and parental leave are considered eligible interruptions, but must be clearly described in section 8d of the application. Specific dates are required. Failure to provide information will result in the application being deemed ineligible.

Note: Section 8d of the application should also be used to clearly explain, where applicable, how any previously held positions should NOT be considered as independent academic research appointments for the purposes of eligibility.

Each award is a maximum of $100,000 and must be matched by an additional $50,000 from the researcher’s Faculty and/or a partner organization.  In addition, up to $40,000 will be provided to the researcher’s Faculty by the Ministry for indirect costs.

ERA applications will be evaluated based on four weighted criteria:

  • Excellence of the Researcher (40%)
  • Quality of the Research (30%)
  • Development of Research Talent (20%)
  • Strategic Value to Ontario (10%)

The applications will be ranked as exceptional, excellent, very strong, strong, moderate, or insufficient on these four weighted criteria. 

Applicants are required to undertake annual youth outreach activities that primarily target high-school, middle school and/or elementary school students. Up to 1% (equivalent to $1,000) of the funding provided by the government may be used for eligible expenses for developing and delivering youth outreach activities, including consumable supplies (e.g. materials for crafts, lab supplies). Funding provided by the institution and/or partner organization may not be used for youth outreach. Activities associated with youth outreach are to be undertaken during each year of the project.


ERA - Round 14 - NOI form - York.pdf

ERA - Round 14 - Application form - York.pdf

ERA - Round 14 - Matching letter - York.pdf