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Ontario-China Research and Innovation Fund (OCRIF) Round 4

2014 Ontario-China Research and Innovation Fund (OCRIF) Round 4


Notify ROADS of Intent to Apply by April 14, 2014

Full application due to MRI/MEDTE by May 5, 2014



The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MRI/MEDTE) has issued a call for proposals for Round 4 of the Ontario-China Research and Innovation Fund (OCRIF) competition.


OCRIF supports alliances between research organizations and innovative companies in Ontario and China. Ontario and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) will jointly invest in collaborative research and commercialization projects that generate mutually beneficial economic, social, technological and scientific advantages.

In 2014, this fund supports research in:

·         clean air related technologies

·         medical devices


A lead
Ontario applicant must form a dedicated team, including at least one lead China partner and at least one Ontario-based private-sector partner. 


The OCRIF program funds:

·         direct costs including salaries and benefits, facilities and equipment, management and administration;

·         indirect costs—the overhead costs of doing research.


The OCRIF program does not fund:

·         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 relating to existing facilities infrastructure improvements not specifically related to the project and/or not included in the original application;

·         opportunity costs;

·         any items or services not directly related to the project;

·         contract research and development (where the private sector owns the resulting intellectual property);

·         clinical trials;

·         endowed research chairs.



The Government of Ontario and MOST will jointly invest up to $2 million ($1 million each), to support strategic bilateral research collaborations. The maximum grant amount to be received by a project is $250,000 in Ontario and $250,000 in China for up to three years.  OCRIF funding is conditional on the corresponding Chinese applicant receiving funding approval from MOST.

OCRIF will fund up to 50 percent of the
Ontario portion of eligible project expenditures. Ontario applicants will have to identify sources of matching cash and/or in-kind contributions for the remaining 50 percent of project costs.


Ontario anticipates that four projects will be funded through the 2014 Call for Proposals.

Application Process:

MRI/MEDTE and MOST will conduct parallel application processes. Ontario-based organizations apply directly to MRI/MEDTE. China-based organizations apply directly to MOST.


If you plan to apply to the OCRIF Round 4, please notify Sherisse Webb, Assistant Director, Development, ROADS at or extension 26946, by April 14, 2014.


The full application must be submitted to MRI/MEDTE by May 5, 2014.


More Information:

Additional information regarding the 2014 Ontario-China Research and Innovation Fund Round 4 program can be found on the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade   website at