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Ontario Research Fund's Research Excellence (ORF-RE) program

The ORF-RE program is a four-year, $217 million fund to promote excellence in Ontario by supporting leading-edge research, developing research talent and encouraging partnerships between research institutions and business.

The ORF-RE program will fund direct costs (including salaries and benefits, facilities and equipment, management and administration) as well as indirect costs (the overhead costs of doing research).  It will contribute a maximum of 1/3 of the total project costs, with 1/3 of the remainder coming from the private sector on 1/3 from the institution.  While research proposals in all disciplines are eligible, priority will be given to those in targeted economic sectors.  Proposals must include a plan for youth/mentorship activities.

Applications will be judged on the:

 Quality of research
 Development of research talent
 Support for commercialization and knowledge transfer
 Alignment with key priority sectors
 Project management 

The closing round is September 30, 2005.

For more information, contact Hesham El Naggar.

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