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Early Researcher Awards (ERA) Round 13, Information Session

When Jun 26, 2017
from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where Mills Library Community Room L304
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Early Researcher Awards
(ERA) Round 13

 

Information Session:

ROADS will be hosting an interactive information session on the Round 13 competition. A representative of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science will present an overview of the ERA program and answer any questions you may have.

 

Monday June 26, 2017

Mills Library Community Room L304

10:00am to 11:30am  

 

To register:  https://eraround13infosession.eventbrite.ca


ERA announcement and instructions

Notify Department Chair, Associate Dean Research and ROADS of Intent to Apply by June 14th    

Draft mandatory Notice of Intent and signed matching funds letter due to ROADS by July 5th    

All ERA applications from McMaster researchers require Faculty and University endorsement

 

The Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS) has issued the call for proposals for Round 13 of the Early Researcher Awards (ERA) competition.

 

The ERA program helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates and technicians.

 

The ERA program encourages applications from all disciplines.

Proposals will be evaluated on the excellence of the researcher (40%), the quality of the research (30%), the development of research talent (20%), and the strategic value for Ontario (10%).

Matching funds are required for this program. Also, to be competitive, applicants must have a strong history of peer-reviewed funding, and must be able to demonstrate academic independence from previous supervisors and the benefits of their proposed research to Ontario. Therefore, it is advised that you meet with your Department Chair and Associate Dean Research to review your CV and secure matching funds.

 

Application Process:
If you intend to apply to the ERA Round 13 competition, please notify your Department Chair, Associate Dean Research, and copy Sherisse Webb, Assistant Director, Development, ROADS, at webbsh@mcmaster.ca by June 14th.

 

MRIS requires that all applicants submit an NOI and a signed matching funds letter through ROADS. The draft NOI and signed matching funds letter are due to ROADS by July 5th. ROADS will submit the NOIs to MRIS by July 7th.

 

Please note, NOIs submitted by individual researchers, as well as applications from researchers who did not submit an NOI, will not be accepted by MRIS.

 

Once ROADS has received the signed matching funds letter, a Senior Advisor will be assigned to provide you with application forms, guidance documents, and assist you with development of your proposal.

  

Eligibility:

The ERA program is open on a competitive basis to researchers who are full-time faculty or principal investigators who, at the application deadline, are based at an eligible institution. 

 

To be eligible for the Round 13 competition, applicants must have:

  • started their first independent academic appointment on or after July 1, 2012; and
  • obtained their first PhD/MD/DVM or terminal degree on or after July 1, 2007.

 

The Ministry generally defines an independent academic research appointment as a position where a researcher is capable of independently publishing, supervising, and applying for funding.

 

Continued education, required training (e.g. medical training and fellowships), and parental leave are considered eligible interruptions. Research associate positions and post-doctoral fellowships are not considered eligible interruptions.

 

Researchers may be awarded only one ERA during their career.  Researchers who are, or have been, Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs are not eligible to apply for an ERA.

 

 

Value:
Each award is a maximum of $100,000 over five years. These funds may be used for salaries, benefits and research-related travel and expenses for undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates and technicians. In addition, up to $40,000 will be provided by the Ministry to the institution for indirect costs.

 

The award of $100,000 for direct costs must be matched by an additional $50,000 in cash from the researcher’s institution and/or a private or public sector partner.

 

Eligible sources of matching funds include:

  • Cash contributions from your Department or Faculty
  • University scholarships to undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows
  • Private sector cash contributions
  • Public sector cash contributions that are not among the list of ineligible sources of matching funds.

 

Ineligible sources of matching funds include:

  • teaching assistantships
  • start-up funds from the institution intended      to assist newly-appointed faculty members launch their research careers
  • awards administered by federal granting      councils such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council      (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social      Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • specific purpose grants received from Ontario      government ministries and agencies, and funds leveraged by such grants
  • Ontario graduate scholarships
  • Ontario graduate fellowships

 

 

More Information:

If you have any questions regarding the ERA program, please contact Sherisse Webb, Assistant Director, Development, at webbsh@mcmaster.ca or extension 26946.

Additional information regarding the Early Researcher Awards (ERA) Round 13 competition can be found on the MRIS website at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/early-researcher-awards.