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About NSERC

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is the Canadian federal funding agency that promotes and supports basic university research and partnered-project research in the natural sciences and engineering. NSERC provides approximately one sixth of all funds for university research in the natural sciences and engineering in Canada. NSERC is governed by a president and a council, and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry.


Information on NSERC funded programs (deadlines, objectives, eligibility etc.) can be obtained through the NSERC Program Guide for Professors.

Students looking for support for their NSERC graduate applications or fellowships should contact Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office (GSPO) and their service units.

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Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program

 

This program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities; and facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce.

These innovative programs must include the acquisition and development of important professional skills among students and postdoctoral fellows that complement their qualifications and technical skills.

Programs should encourage the following as appropriate:

  • student mobility, nationally or internationally, between individual universities and between universities and other sectors;
  • interdisciplinary research within the natural sciences and engineering (NSE), or at the interface between the NSE and health, or the social sciences and humanities. However, the main focus of the training must still lie within the NSE;
  • increased collaboration between industry and academia; and
  • with the addition of the industrial stream, an additional objective is to support improved job-readiness within the industrial sector by exposing participants to the specific challenges of this sector and training people with the skills identified by industry.

Value: $1,650,000 CAD over 6 years.

Internal OSR deadline: March 5, 2014 at noon

McGill is limited to submitting 6 Letters of Intent to NSERC for this competition.   In order to select the most viable proposals, OSR is convening an expert panel of McGill researchers to review and select the 6 letters of intent that we will submit to NSERC.  To allow for this internal adjudication, and time for applicants to incorporate both Committee and OSR feedback, the internal deadline is March 5th 2014 at noon.  Please email the following files via PDF to OSR Officer (noted below)by this deadline:

  • A complete Form 187 – Letter of Intent to apply for a Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program
  • A Form 100 – Personal Data form for the Principal Investigator
  • A Form 100 for each of the Coapplicants listed on the grant
  • Email confirmations from any McGill Faculties/departments/units contributing cash or in-kind resources

The above documents will not be submitted directly to NSERC and are for the internal adjudication only.   Please DO NOT submit on the NSERC portal/online system.

Please note that you are not required to provide the Letter of Support from the VPRIR at this pre-selection/internal deadline stage.  OSR Staff with work with the 6 selected LOIs to draft and finalize these letters following the adjudication process.

Guidelines: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/professors-professeurs/grants-subs/create-foncer_eng.asp

FAQs: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/Grants-Subs/CREATEFAQ-FONCERFAQ_eng.asp

Internal contact: Rupa Narasimhadevara, Senior Grants Officer, rupa [dot] narasimhadevara [at] mcgill [dot] ca


Research Tools and Instruments Program

 

*Please note that the Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Program has been restructured by NSERC. Universities have been provided with quotas for the RTI applications that they can submit. Each university’s quota is based on their number of NSERC-funded researchers in the natural sciences and engineering. Please contact the Associate Dean (Research) of your faculty for additional information regarding new submission and evaluation processes.*

Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment and installations. RTI grants are one-year awards that assist in buying or developing research equipment that costs more than $7,000 (Items costing less than $7,000 each can be purchased with Discovery Grant funds or be included as a complement to a main piece of equipment being requested).

General RTI Applications:

NSERC Deadline: Monday, October 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Mandatory OSR Checklist Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

OSR Internal Review Deadline: Monday, October 13, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Subatomic Physics Proposals (Category 1):

NSERC Deadline: Monday, October 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Mandatory OSR Checklist Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

OSR Internal Review Deadline: Monday, October 13, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Subatomic Physics Proposals (Categories 2 & 3):

NSERC Deadline: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Mandatory OSR Checklist Deadline: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

OSR Internal Review Deadline: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Submission information:

  • A complete and fully-signed OSR Checklist should be submitted no later than one day before the appropriate OSR deadline for submission to NSERC listed above.

Discovery Grants Program (Individual, Team and Subatomic Physics Project)

The Discovery Grants Program assists in promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities, fostering research excellence and providing a stimulating environment for research training. The Discovery Grants Program supports ongoing programs of research (with long-term goals) rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. Discovery Grants are awarded for one to five years, the normal duration being five years.

Agency deadline (Notification of Intent): Friday, August 1, 2014 (MANDATORY)

OSR internal review deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014; Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (Subatomic Physics Project applications requesting $500,000 or more per year)

OSR deadline for submission to NSERC: Friday, October 31, 2014, 10 AM; Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10 AM (Subatomic Physics Project applications requesting $500,000 or more per year)

Submission information:

  • The Notification of Intent (NOI) to Apply for a Discovery Grant (Form 180) is now mandatory and should be submitted directly to NSERC via the online system. Those who do not submit an NOI by the deadline above will not be allowed to submit at the full proposal stage.
  • A complete and fully-signed OSR Checklist should be submitted no later than one day before the OSR deadline for submission to NSERC listed above.


Partnership Workshops Program

The Partnership Workshops Program (PWP) is intended to fund workshops for building new collaborations between Canadian academic researchers and the industry and government receptor community that will result in future economic, environmental or societal benefits to Canada. The objective of this program is to bring together academic researchers with non-academic end users, creating new university-industry-government partnerships through workshops that will lead to new collaborative research activities. Workshops are intended to generate new university-industry-government partnerships that will lead to new collaborative research activities such as NSERC Strategic Networks Grants, NSERC Strategic Grants, NCE, NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grants. NSERC-funded workshops will receive up to $25,000 for one year.

Agency deadline: No deadline


Engage Grants Program

The Engage Grants (EG) Program is intended to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge and expertise available at Canadian universities. The focus of this program is to foster the development of a new relationship between a company and the academic researcher; there can be no existing or past relationship between the two parties. A maximum grant of $25,000, over a period not exceeding six months, will be awarded to the academic researcher to cover the direct project costs associated with the research activities needed to address the company-specific problem. With this focus and the short duration of this grant, any Intellectual Property (IP) arising from the project will belong to the company.

Agency deadline: No deadline


Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants

The Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants program is intended to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise, and educational resources available at Canadian postsecondary institutions and to train students in essential technical skills required by industry. CRD Grants support well-defined projects undertaken by university researchers and their private-sector partners, and the mutually beneficial collaborations are expected to result in industrial and/or economic benefits to Canada. Direct project costs are shared by the industrial partner(s) and NSERC. Projects may range from one year to five years in duration, but most awards are for two or three years.

Agency deadline: No deadline


NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation

Agency deadline: April 15th


NSERC E. W. R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships

Agency deadline: June 7th


NSERC Awards for Science Promotion

Agency deadline: September 1st 

 

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