Funding: Research Ideas Portal

Are you working on research projects that can advance our understanding of system-wide issues that impact transfer and student mobility in Ontario? If the area of research is not encompassed in one of this years research RFPs, consider submitting a preliminary proposal to our Research Ideas porta.

ONCAT supports research that advances knowledge and understanding of the current state of transfer students and transfer pathways in Ontario. The objective of this funding strategy is to generate knowledge that can directly inform policies, pathways and institutional practices and contribute to a greater understanding of system-wide issues that impact transfer and student mobility.

In addition to requests for proposals for specific research topics, if there is compelling research project that will help build a body of knowledge on student mobility in Ontario, you can submit a preliminary proposal through our Research Ideas portal. We highly recommend you reach out to ONCAT to discuss your project idea to ensure it is eligible and aligns with ONCAT research plan


  • Research grants generally range from $10 000- $100 000



  • Postsecondary institutions in Ontario (Colleges, Universities and Indigenous Institutes), Not-for-Profit organizations and postsecondary education researchers working in the field of postsecondary education in Ontario are eligible to apply.
  • Applications can be from individual institutions or collaborative initiatives.


  • Issues that are specific to the applicant’s institution only.
  • Proposals led by external consultants. Private Consulting Firms are not eligible to apply for research RFPs.
  • NOTE: Activities and/or personnel that are funded through the Credit Transfer Institutional Grant (CTIG) are not eligible for ONCAT funding. The applicant must ensure that its institution has not been granted funding for the same or similar research.


  • To apply for funding, submit your preliminary proposal through ONCAT’s online application portal:
  • Based on a review of preliminary proposals, you may be asked to expand it into a more detailed proposal.
  • If you would like to discuss your project before applying, please reach out to: Roger Pizarro Milian, Senior Researcher,; 416 640 6951 x309


Submission Requirements

To be considered for funding, proposals must include the following

  • Clear scope and sound methods: Proposals should articulate clear research questions and a detailed research plan that outlines data sources, research approaches/techniques. 
  • Strong Rationale: Proposals must demonstrate how the knowledge being generated can inform policies, pathways and institutional practices in student mobility in Ontario. Proposals should explain how the research will contribute to the literature on student mobility and how it can serve as a sector resource for developing a more seamless postsecondary education system in Ontario.
  • Research Capacity: proposals must demonstrate clear capacity to conduct the research & an appropriate research team
  • Knowledge Mobilization strategies: Proposals should include an overview of knowledge mobilization strategies during the course of the project and how research findings will be shared and possibly implemented.
  • Budget: A clear and realistic budget that aligns with the proposed activities
  • Ethics Review (if applicable): include timelines for Research Ethics Board approval, as needed for projects involving human participants or as may be required for institutional research involving multiple institutional partners and/or access to institutional data/records.