Through the Ministry of Research and Innovation (the
"Ministry"), the Government of Ontario
has committed to investing $190 million over the next six years to
develop new technologies, retain leading scientists, increase
innovation, and create jobs. The news release can be found here.
The funding will be shared by the Research
Excellence1 ($65 million) and Research
Infrastructure2 ($125 million) programs under the
Ministry's Ontario Research Fund (ORF).
Information on how to apply for funding to help cover costs of
research infrastructure (ORF - Research Infrastructure) can be
Information on how to apply for funding to help cover the cost
of research operations (ORF - Research Excellence) can be found here.
Canada's research and innovation has not gone unnoticed,
with Canada ranking sixth in the world in its research performance.
Over half of Canada's research is attributable to Ontario.
According to the government news release, 150 new companies have
been founded and 20,000 researchers trained in the Province in the
past ten years.
The Ministry also supports entrepreneurship and advancement
through the Innovation Demonstration Fund and Ontario Venture
Capital Fund (see our blog posts
1. ORF - Research Excellence provides research
institutions with funding to support costs of research projects
that would be of strategic value to Ontario. These projects have
provided opportunities for 23,000 researchers and created 64
spin-off companies since 2003. Ontario's recent investment is
leveraging at least $130 million in investment from private sector
and academic institutions.
2. ORF - Research Infrastructure provides research
institutions with funding in support of infrastructure needs,
including equipment and modern facilities. These projects have
trained over 20,000 people, created 86 spin-off companies, and
helped created over 5,000 jobs since 2003. Ontario's recent
investment is leveraging at least $187 million in investment from
the federal government, private sector and academic
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