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  • June 11, 2015

Ontario Investing Research Funding in Guelph

MPP Liz Sandals Announces Successful Recipients of Research Awards

Ontario is awarding a total of $209 million to support innovative research projects and top talent at leading research institutions across the province, including $10,629,982 for 16 projects at the University of Guelph.

The provincial funding is being awarded through three different research awards:

  • $65 million through the Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence stream, to support globally significant and transformational projects, such as developing new MRI technology and better understanding antibiotic resistance
  • $131 million through the Ontario Research Fund - Research Infrastructure stream, to ensure that Ontario’s research infrastructure remains competitive in attracting the world’s leading researchers
  • $13 million through the Early Researcher Awards, to attract and retain top talent in the province and help promising researchers build their teams.

The research projects were evaluated through a rigorous peer review process involving Canadian and international academic and industry experts. The 280 successful projects across the province were chosen based on their research excellence and their economic and societal benefits for Ontario.

These projects will build on the innovative research already underway throughout the province, foster new discoveries and support knowledge-based jobs in Guelph. It will also sharpen Ontario’s competitive edge, and ensure that the province remains at the forefront of the global knowledge economy by strengthening its ability to innovate. 

Investing in research is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.


“The University of Guelph is doing important research that has a real impact on people’s lives in Guelph and across Ontario. I am proud of our government’s role supporting this great work. I want to congratulate all of the well-deserving researchers receiving these competitive awards.”

-- MPP Liz Sandals, Guelph

“Our capacity to compete globally depends on how well we can harness our research, innovation and entrepreneurial strengths. Through these investments, Ontario is mobilizing and preparing our researchers to succeed, compete and create the jobs of the future.”

— Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation

“This is an incredible investment from the provincial government. It provides critical funding for some of the University’s most reputable research initiatives, supports promising young faculty who will be tomorrow's research leaders, and speaks to our reputation and ability to translate knowledge into innovations that benefit society and the economy.”

Malcolm Campbell, Vice-President (Research)


  • Since 2005, Ontario has awarded 822 Early Researcher Awards to the province’s leading early career researchers.
  • Since 2003, Ontario Research Fund programs have leveraged over $2.9 billion in funding and helped create more than 86,000 training opportunities and 5,500 jobs in the province.
  • The Calls for Proposals for the next round of Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence and the Early Researcher Awards were issued on June 8, 2015.

For more information, contact:

Frank Tersigni

Office of Liz Sandals, MPP Guelph

(519) 836-4190              

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