Early Researcher Award (ERA) Round 14



Early Researcher Award (ERA) Round 14 

The Early Researcher Award (ERA) program is a discretionary, non-entitlement program that encourages applications from all disciplines. The ERA helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians. The goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent.

Successful ERA applicants in the fields of life sciences, and natural sciences and engineering will be eligible to apply for the 2019 Ontario-China Young Scientist Exchange Program.

Funding Structure

The ERA program will provide funding of up to $100,000 for each award, and must be matched by an additional $50,000 (cash not in-kind, please use the Matching Letter Template) from the Institution and/or a partner organization. The funds are to be used over a period of five years to fund eligible expenses for a research team, including undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians. In addition, up to $40,000 will be provided by the Ministry for indirect costs.


The ERA program is open on a competitive basis to researchers who:

  • are full-time faculty or principle investigators who, at the application deadline, are based at an eligible institution
  • have started their academic career on or after July 1, 2013*
  • have completed their first Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Medical Doctor or terminal degree on or after July 1, 2008*

To be competitive, researchers should be actively involved in conducting independent research that is supported by peer-reviewed funding.

*Please note that the program will take into consideration eligible interruptions such as continued education, required training (e.g. medical training and fellowships) and parental leave. Please see section “8d” of the application. Failure to provide information will result in the application being deemed ineligible.


Application Package

ERA Round 14 Guidelines

ERA Round 14 – Notice of Intent

ERA Round 14 – Application Form

ERA Round 14 – Matching Letter Template

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For the Institutional Contact, please put:
MayLiza Baak, Director, Institutional Initiatives
Research Services Office
3rd floor, 12 Queen’s Park Crescent West.
Toronto, ON  M5S 1S8.

Ph: (416) 978-7605,


Info Session Slides:

ERA Round 14 Presentation – MRIS

ERA Round 14 Presentation – RSO

ERA Round 14 Tips


Notice of Intent (NoI): Friday May 25, 2018

Researchers interested in applying must submit a Notice of Intent to apply to the Research Services Office for Institutional sign off. Please submit your NoI to Candy Lam (can.lam@utoronto.ca).

Submission of a NoI is not binding and will not be assessed by the Ministry, but will be used for selection of panel reviewers. Note that a MRA is not required at this stage, but will be required at the full application stage.


ERA Editorial Review: Monday June 25, 2018 to Research Services

Research Services will be providing editorial review to ERA Applications this year. Please ensure that your CV and Research Proposal are in Microsoft Word.

Note that this is optional, and a hard deadline. Applications submitted after 9 am on Monday June 25th will not receive an editorial review. Please submit your application for review to Candy Lam (can.lam@utoronto.ca).


Letters of Reference: Monday July 16, 2018 to Research Services

Please note that the application package must include three (3) signed letters of reference. These reference letters must be received by the Research Services Office directly by Monday July 16.

Reference letters may be sent via email, mail or courier. If sending physical copies, we recommend that the letters of reference be sent by a courier that provides tracking numbers. Letters should be addressed to Candy Lam (can.lam@utoronto.ca), Mailing address :

12 Queen’s Park Crescent West
3rd Floor McMurrich Building
University of Toronto.
Toronto, ON. M5S 1S8.

MRA and Complete Application Package: Monday July 23, 2018 to Research Services

The MRA submission of the complete application and the complete application package for Round 14 must be submitted to the Research Services Office (to Candy Lam, Research Funding Officer) by Monday July 23 for Institutional review and sign-off.

Contact Information

Candy Lam
Research Funding Officer
can.lam@utoronto.ca | (416) 946-3723

This database lists major national and international awards only. For a more comprehensive listing of awards across disciplines and for all stages of the career, please visit the COS Pivot database when logged into the U of T system. In the advanced search, select “Prizes and Awards” as the funding type.

If you intend to submit a nomination, please notify the award contact as soon as possible. The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation offers guidance on submitting awards nominations, in collaboration with divisional offices and affiliated institutions. In some cases, an internal competition will be held to select an institutional nominee.

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