Early Researcher Award (ERA)

Program name: Early Researcher Award (ERA) - Round 16
Type: Grant for hiring research team
Office of Research deadline:
  • April 6, 2021 Internal Nomination Form (PDF) due to OR
  • May 4, 2021 – First full draft of application due to OR
  • May 4, 2021 – Reference letters due to OR
  • June 1, 2021 – Final complete draft of application due to OR
  • June 11, 2021 Complete application due to Ontario (no later than 4:00pm)
Program deadline:
  • June 11, 2021 – Complete application due to Ontario
  • Full-time faculty members or principal investigators
  • First independent academic appointment started on or after January 1, 2015
  • First terminal degree (e.g. PhD, DVM, or MD) completed on or after January 1, 2010
  • Have not already held an Early Researcher Award
  • Are not, or have not been a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
  • *independent academic appointment is defined as a position where a researcher is capable of independently publishing, supervising, and applying for funding

    **MEDJCT will consider eligible interruptions including continued education, required training (e.g. residency or medical fellowships), parental leave, or sick leave, as long as these are clearly detailed in the application form and specific dates are provided. Research associate positions and postdoctoral fellowships are NOT considered eligible interruptions.

Awardees are selected based on a review panel that scores applicants based on:

  • Excellence of the researcher – 40% of the scoring
  • Quality of the research – 30% of the scoring
  • Development of research talent – 20% of the scoring
  • Strategic Value for Ontario (e.g. economic, social/cultural, knowledge transfer, ability to enhance province’s profile in the global academic community, and anticipated impact on the Ontario Innovation Agenda’s strategic areas) – 10% of the scoring

Unsuccessful applicants will get a copy of the review panel’s comments.

Funding start date: TBD
Research focus areas: Provides recently-appointed Ontario researchers with funding to build a research team. Consideration is given to those with programs benefitting Ontario.
  • The ERA provides $100,000 to the researcher
  • The Faculty will provide the $50,000 in matching funds
  • The ERA also provides up to $40,000 to UW for indirect costs
Length of project: 5 years
Industry partner: N/A
Program submission instructions:
  1. Notify your Institutional Research contact (see below) that you plan to apply, and send them a signed Internal Nomination Form
  2. Institutional Research will review one draft application and review the final application for completeness.
  3. By June 1, 2021 submit the final application package to the Office of Research, including:
  • Three original, signed letters of reference (sent directly to the Office of Research)
  • An electronic copy of your full application package (appendices as PDF)
  • The full application package includes:
  1. Application Form
  2. Appendix A – Total Expenditure Budget
  3. Appendix B – Proposed Research (no more than 5 pages)
  4. Appendix C – Researcher’s CV
  5. Appendix D - Three reference letters
  6. Appendix E – Mitigation Economic and Geopolitical Risk Checklist (part of the application form)

5.   The Institutional Research team will then do the following:

  • Obtain the institutional signature;
  • Create PDF of completed application package; and
  • Submit application to MCU prior to the deadline

Office of Research Contacts:

For any questions regarding the ERA program, please contact Robert Nyman (rnyman@uwaterloo.ca) or Stephanie Filsinger (slfilsin@uwaterloo.ca)

Full details about the program are available through the government of Ontario.