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Province Investing in Ontario-made Research and Innovation at Three Ottawa Institutions

Accelerating Ontario’s economic growth through world-class research

OTTAWA – The Ontario government is supporting Ontario-made innovation at Carleton University, University of Ottawa, and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research (CHEO) with an investment of $980,000 in seven research projects. The funding is being delivered through the Early Researcher Awards project and supports researchers in making discoveries that advance knowledge, drive progress and create jobs for the people of Ontario.

“Cultivating research excellence and innovation are more important than ever as Ontario continues to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 and lays the groundwork for robust long-term economic growth,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “These critical investments will ensure our world-class researchers have the resources they need to put Ontario at the forefront of innovation, supporting the development of homegrown ideas and products, and creating jobs in local communities.”

The funding will be used to cover the costs of research operations and supporting researchers to attract and retain research talent.

“Research and innovation are important drivers of Ontario’s economic growth, and through these investments, our government will ensure that our research activities continue to be competitive and attract the best and brightest talent to the province,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata—Carleton. “By supporting ground-breaking research at these institutions, we can advance new discoveries and innovation, help foster a skilled labour force and promote new business opportunities in Ottawa.”

“As we continue to come back stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must support and invest research and innovation, especially here in Ottawa,” said Goldie Ghamari, MPP for Carleton. It is so great to see that three world renowned institutions in the heart of Ottawa have been awarded these investments. Our government will always continue to uplift our communities and unleash innovation to drive economic growth.”

The government is investing over $500 million over the next 10 years to support additional high‐value research undertaken across Ontario’s universities, colleges, research institutes and research hospitals.


  • Carleton University: 3 Projects totaling $420,000
  • University of Ottawa: 3 Projects totaling $420,000
  • Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research (CHEO): 1 Project totaling $140,000

Quick Facts

  • Research projects were selected through a rigorous and competitive peer review process.
  • Early Researcher Awards provide funding to new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions to build a research team.
  • On March 3, 2022, the Ontario government announced the launch of Intellectual Property Ontario, a new board-governed agency that will serve as a go-to resource for Intellectual Property (IP) expertise to help researchers and companies maximize the value of their IP, strengthen their capacity to grow and compete in the global market.
  • As announced in the 2022 Ontario Budget: Ontario’s Plan to Build, the launch of Intellectual Property Ontario is being supported by an investment of about $58 million over three years.
  • The launch of Intellectual Property Ontario is a significant milestone of the province’s Intellectual Property Action Plan

Additional Resources

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