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Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence (ORF-RE) Round 9, Information Session

When Apr 05, 2017
from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where ETB Room 535
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Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence Round 9


Expression of Interest form due to your Associate Dean Research and ROADS by April 3rd  

Information Session April 5th



The Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science (MRIS) has issued the call for proposals for Round 9 of the Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence (ORF-RE) competition.


The ORF-RE program promotes research excellence in Ontario by supporting leading-edge, transformative, and internationally significant research of strategic value to the province.




The Research Office for Administration, Development & Support (ROADS) invites you to attend an interactive information session on the ORF-RE Round 9 competition. Details are as follows:


ORF-RE Round 9 Information Session

Wednesday, April 5th

ETB (Engineering Technology Building) Room 535

11:00am to 12:30pm


A representative of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS) will present an overview of the ORF-RE Round 9 competition and answer any questions you may have.


To register:



Program Overview:

The ORF-RE program promotes research excellence of strategic value to Ontario by supporting new leading-edge, transformative, and internationally significant research.


Applications are reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Research Excellence: Scientific merit, quality of research,      and expertise of research team
  • Research Impact: Anticipated value to Ontario in the following      three categories:
    • Commercialization
    • Economic Benefits
    • Societal Benefits
  • Achieving Impact: A Plan for achieving Research Impact
  • Development of Research Talent: A clear plan for the training of highly      qualified personnel
  • Project Management and Governance: Management of the project, including      governance structure, sustainability, budget, and milestones


ORF-RE Round 9 consists of the following three application streams:

1. General: Open to all disciplines

2. Disruptive Technologies: Open to proposals focused on Clean Technologies (cleantech)

  • ‘Disruptive technologies’, for the purposes of this round, are those technologies that have the potential to transform or disrupt current societal behaviour and market by displacing it with a new emerging technology.
  • The term “cleantech”, for the purposes of this funding round, is defined as any process, product, or service that reduces environmental impacts through:
    • environmental protection activities that prevent, reduce, or eliminate pollution or any other degradation of the environment;
    • resource management activities that result in a more efficient use of natural resources, thus safeguarding against their depletion; or
    • the use of goods that have been modified or adapted to be significantly less energy or resource intensive than the industry standard.

3. Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (SSAH): Open to proposals in the arts, the humanities and social sciences.

  • If applicable, MRIS encourages applicants to the SSAH stream to address the ethical, environmental, economic, legal and/or social implications of effectively integrating and adapting disruptive technologies.


Applicants must select one stream for the Notice of Intent (NOI) and full application. Applications can only be submitted to one stream.



Application Process:

As ORF-RE applications are complex and require institutional support, all applications, including those led by McMaster and those where we partner on proposals led by other institutions, require Faculty endorsement.  If you intend to apply to the ORF-RE Round 9 competition, either as Principal Investigator or as a Co-Investigator on an application being led by another institution, complete the attached Expression of Interest (EOI) form and send it to the Associate Dean Research of your Faculty and Sherisse Webb, Assistant Director-Development, ROADS, at by April 3rd, if you have not done so already. Upon receipt of this information, a meeting will be arranged with your Associate Dean Research as well as representatives of ROADS and MILO to discuss your proposal.


MRIS requires that all applicants submit an NOI through ROADS.  The draft NOI is due to ROADS by April 24th. ROADS will submit the NOIs to MRI by May 2nd.


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.


The full application must be submitted by ROADS to MRIS by September 25th.


Note: the NOI and Application forms are not available at this time. MRIS has advised that the NOI and Application forms will be available by end of March 2017 on their website at:




The minimum support that will be provided by the ORF-RE to a project in the General and Disruptive Technologies (cleantech) streams is $1 million. The maximum support provided is $4 million.


Proposals in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities stream are eligible to receive a minimum of $200,000 and a maximum of $1 million. 


The program will contribute a maximum of 1/3 of the total project costs, with 1/3 of the remainder coming from the applicant institution(s) and 1/3 from the private sector. MRIS may consider a “blended” funding formula in cases where the participating institutions and participating private sector and other partners, in combination, make up 2/3 of the required funding.  This funding flexibility will be provided based on the opportunity for success and the quality of the partnership between the applicants and their partners, and should be clearly outlined in the application. Please note, funding from research-focused charities, foundations, and private philanthropists, as well as municipal and federal government contributions are considered “institutional” rather than private sector.




The ORF-RE program funds:

  • direct costs, including:
    • Salaries and benefits: claimed in proportion to the time       spent working on the project
    • Facilities and equipment: up to 10% of total direct costs
    • Other direct research costs: including, but not limited to,       materials, fieldwork expenses, and dissemination of research
    • Management and administration: up to 10% of total direct costs
  • indirect costs (the overhead costs associated      with conducting the research project) up to 40% of direct costs. The ORF      award is inclusive of both direct and indirect costs.


ORF does not fund:

  • contract (fee for service) research
  • clinical trials
  • endowed research chairs or any other      endowments
  • national research facilities (SNOLAB, high      performance computing platforms, etc.) funded by the Canada Foundation for      Innovation’s Major Science Initiatives Fund
    • Note: research projects that utilize national       research facilities are eligible to apply to the ORF-RE provided other       eligibility criteria are met.
  • applicants to Genome Canada’s LSARP 2017      Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition – Genomics and Precision      Health
  • costs related to proposal development
  • fees for use of equipment owned by the      institution unless such fees are charged to all institutional users based      on a published schedule
  • costs related to existing facilities      infrastructure improvements, not specifically related to the proposal      and/or not included in the original application
  • opportunity costs
  • any items or services not directly related to      the project
  • alcohol costs at hospitality events



More Information:

If you have questions regarding the ORF-RE program, please contact Sherisse Webb, Assistant Director, Development, ROADS, at or extension 26946.


Information about the ORF-RE program can also be found on the MRIS website at