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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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Strategic Project Grants


The goal of Strategic Project Grants (SPG) is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next 10 years.
It is expected that these grants will generate new knowledge/technology with the strong potential to strengthen Canada’s industrial base, generate wealth, create employment and/or influence Canadian public policy; increase the number of highly qualified personnel in the specified target areas; and enable the transfer of knowledge/technology and expertise to Canadian-based companies that are well-positioned to apply the results for economic gain or to government organizations to strengthen public policy.

Target areas are the following:

1) Environmental Science And Technologies,
2) Information and Communication Technologies,
3) Manufacturing, and
4) Natural Resources and Energy

Value and duration: Amount awarded varies and duration can be from 1 to 3 years.

NSERC Deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Mandatory OSR Checklist Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
OSR Internal Review Deadline: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

 


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 9, 2015 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 our strongest six proposals.  To allow for this internal adjudication, and time for applicants to incorporate both Committee and OSR feedback, the internal deadline is set for March 9th 2015 at noon.  Please email one .pdf containing the following to the 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
  • A file listing confirmed cash or in-kind commitments from other sources

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


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: Wednesday, October 15, 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 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.


Connect Grants (formerly Partnership Workshops Program)

The Interaction Grant, Regional Opportunities Fund and the Partnership Workshops Grant have been grouped together and are found under the name “Connect Grants.”

Connect Grants provide targeted financial support to encourage post-secondary researchers at universities and/or colleges to connect with industry and other knowledge end-user communities in order to form new partnerships. Connect Grant recipients can be individuals at either an NSERC-eligible institution or a not-for-profit, non-government organization (including an industry association).

Connect funding will be available at three levels:
Level 1 -  up to $5,000 (up to three months) for travel costs related to the development of new academic-industry partnerships in natural sciences or engineering research.
Level 2 - up to $10,000 (up to one year) for non-recurring, regionally oriented activities or events aimed at developing or promoting new academic-industry partnerships in natural sciences or engineering research, as well as student-industry training opportunities.
Level 3 - up to $25,000 (up to one year) for non-recurring, nationally oriented research planning workshops aimed at building substantial new collaborations in natural sciences or engineering research between post-secondary researchers and partners in industry, government, not-for profit or other knowledge end-user groups.

Agency deadline: No deadline

Submission information: Please send required documents to the OSR office for internal review and institutional signature. With approval of the applicant, the Grants Officer will submit the application directly to NSERC.


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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