University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services

Early Researcher Awards (ERA)

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The funds are to be used over a period of 5 years to fund eligible expenses for a research team of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians.

Each award to a leading researcher is a maximum of $100,000 and must be matched by an additional $50,000 from the researcher’s institution and/or a partner organization. In addition, up to $40,000 will be provided by the Ministry to the institution for indirect costs. It is important to note that Early Researcher Award (ERA) is not alternative funding, it is complementary to existing funding.


The $100,000 from the ERA and the $50,000 matching contribution will cover the following expenses for undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians carrying out the research:
  • salaries and benefits
  • essential and reasonable travel and expenses related to conferences, workshops or seminars
  • essential and reasonable travel and expenses related directly to offsite research activities
  • the amount paid to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows must be in keeping with the levels established by other award programs. Salaries must be commensurate with institutional remuneration scales. Undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians must be based in Ontario


Eligible applicants are those who:
  • are a full-time faculty member or principal investigator at an eligible research institution
  • have started their academic career on or after July 1, 2013
  • have completed their first Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Medical Doctor or terminal degree on or after July 1, 2008
  • have not already held an Early Researcher Award
  • are not a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, but can be a C150 Research Chair

The dates are subject to extension in case of eligible interruptions. By eligible interruptions, the program means the times that the applicant could not be able to pursue active research, such as parental leave, continued education, required training. But time spent as a research associate or postdoc position is not deemed as an eligible interruption.



Please let us inform you that based on experience from previous years, the successful applicants from all disciplines have been those ‘with peer-reviewed external funding and published articles without their former supervisors, and with students whom they are independently supervising.’

Ontario Early Researcher Awards (ERA) 2018:


The application process involves the following steps:
Step 1: Notify your research office that you plan to apply.
Step 2: Send the draft of your Notice of Intent (PDF, 1.78MB) to Queen’s University Research Services by May 11, 2018 for review and receive feedback.
Step 3: University Research Services submits your Notice of Intent to apply (the document that lets the government know you plan to apply for an award) by June 1, 2018.
Step 4: Gather the documents for your application package, including:
  • Matching letter (PDF, 1.44MB) from the institution (signed by the Department Head or equivalent)
  • a completed and signed Application form (PDF, 1.83MB)
  • appendix A - completed budget table
  • appendix B - proposed research (maximum of 5 pages including appendices, excluding references)
  • appendix C - research productivity and recognition - researcher’s full Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 3 reference letters
Step 5: Send the entire package to University Research Services by July 6, 2018 for the necessary review of the documents and the proposal.
Step 6: University Research Services submits the complete application package to the Ministry by August 7, 2018.

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