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Early Researcher Awards (ERA) Round 10

Early Researcher Awards (ERA) Round 10

 

Notify ROADS of Intent to Apply by May 7th

Notice of Intent due to MRI by May 30th

Full Application due to MRI by August 11th

 

All ERA applications from McMaster researchers require Faculty and University endorsement.

 

The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI) has issued a call for proposals for Round 10 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.

The goal of the program is to improve
Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent. 

 

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 to Ontario (10%).


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.  The eligibility date for this competition is July 1, 2013;  to be eligible, applicants must have:

·           obtained their first independent academic appointment on July 1, 2008 or later; and

·           obtained their first PhD/MD/DVM on July 1, 2003 or later.

 

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 of 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.

 

Ineligible sources of matching funds include:

•         Federal granting council funds (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR);

•         Specific purpose grants from Ontario government ministries and agencies, and funds leveraged by such grants;

•         Teaching assistantships;

•         University start-up funds;

•         Private sector contractual research funds where the IP is owned by the contractor;

•         Ontario graduate scholarships;

•         Ontario graduate fellowships.

 

Application Process:
If you intend to apply to the ERA Round 10 competition, please contact Sherisse Webb, Assistant Director, Development, ROADS, at webbsh@mcmaster.ca or extension 26946  by May 7th.

 

Since matching funds are required, it is advised that you meet with your Department Chair and Associate Dean Research to review your CV and devise a plan to secure matching funds. Once ROADS has received an email from your Associate Dean Research indicating his or her approval of your application, a Senior Advisor will be assigned to provide you with guidance documents and assist you with development of your proposal.

 

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 10 can be found on the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation website at: http://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/funding-academic-research-early-researcher-awards.