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Important Notices

Copyright/Permission to Reproduce

Materials on this Web site were produced and/or compiled by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the programs and services offered by the Government of Canada.

The material available on this Web site, is covered by the provisions of the This link will take you to another Web site Copyright Act, Canadian laws, policies, regulations and international agreements. Such provisions serve to identify the information source and, in specific instances, to prohibit reproduction of materials without written permission.

Non-commercial Reproduction

Information on this Web site has been posted with the intent that it be readily available for personal or public non-commercial use and may be reproduced—in part or in whole, and by any means—without charge or further permission, unless otherwise specified.

Users are required to:

  • exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced;
  • indicate both the complete title of the materials reproduced, and the author organization; and
  • indicate that the reproduction is a copy of an official work that is published by the Government of Canada and that the reproduction has not been produced in affiliation with, or with the endorsement of, the Government of Canada.

Unless otherwise specified, this authorization is also applicable to all published information regardless of its format.

Commercial Reproduction

Reproduction of multiple copies of materials on this Web site—in whole or in part—for the purposes of commercial redistribution is prohibited except with written permission from NSERC. Through the permission granting process, NSERC helps to ensure individuals/organizations wishing to reproduce Government of Canada materials for commercial purposes have access to the most accurate and up-to-date versions.

To obtain permission to reproduce materials on this Web site for commercial purposes, complete the Application for Copyright Clearance of NSERC’S Works form and send it to NSERC by e-mail, or by mail at:

Council Secretariat
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1H5

Reproduction of Government Symbols

The This link will take you to another Web site official symbols of the Government of Canada, including the “Canada” wordmark, the Arms of Canada, and the flag symbol may not be reproduced—whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes—without written authorization. Requests for authorization may be addressed to:

Federal Identity Program
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
300 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0R5

Third-Party Materials

Some of the materials and graphical elements found on Government of Canada Web sites are subject to copyrights held by other organizations. This is particularly true of Web sites that are jointly operated by a Government of Canada institution and an external organization as part of a collaborative arrangement. In such cases, some restrictions on the reproduction of materials or graphical elements may apply and it may be necessary to seek permission from the rights holder prior to reproducing the material.

To obtain information concerning copyright ownership and restrictions on reproduction on this Web site, contact us by:

Mail: Council Secretariat
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1H5

Hyperlinking Notice

The NSERC Web site provides links to various Web sites external to the Government of Canada. NSERC is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information contained on external sites. All reasonable efforts have been made to confirm the accuracy of external hyperlinks as of the "Updated" date available on all NSERC Web pages. Be aware that hyperlinks do change from time to time and, in some cases, those changes may not be reflected immediately. If you encounter broken links, contact us by e-mail at

Privacy Notice

The Government of Canada and NSERC are committed to providing visitors with Web sites that respect their privacy. This Privacy Notice summarizes the privacy policy and practices on NSERC Web sites.

  • NSERC Web sites do not automatically gather any specific personal information from you—such as your name, phone number or e-mail address. We would only obtain this type of information if you supply it by sending us an e-mail.
  • All personal information created, held or collected by NSERC is protected under the federal This link will take you to another Web site Privacy Act. This means that at any point of collection you will be asked for consent to collect your information, or advised of the authority for such collection. You will be informed of the purpose for which it is being collected and how to exercise your right of access to that information.
  • NSERC employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. This software receives and records the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer that has contacted our Web site, the date and time of the visit, and the pages visited. We make no attempt to link these addresses with the identity of individuals visiting our site unless an attempt to damage the site has been detected.
  • A "cookie" is a computer (text) file that is sent to a visitor's Web browser, by a Web server, in order to remember certain pieces of information. "Per-session cookies" are used on some portions of NSERC's Web site to store information within a session. During your visit to our Web site, your browser exchanges information with our Web server. Per-session cookies facilitate this exchange by reminding the server which computer is making the request. Visit our Help page for more information about This link will take you to another Web site persistent and per-session cookies.
  • NSERC employs a fully automated anti-spam filter to protect its employees and networks from spam. Incoming e‑mail messages that are flagged by the software as spam are deleted automatically by the technology without notification. The program is set to block e‑mail that is considered obvious spam because of its content (e.g. pornographic, racist, get-rich-quick schemes, junk commercial solicitations) as determined by general industry best practices.
  • Information on individual visitors is used by NSERC employees to respond to your request or to ensure the security of this system. We will only share information you give to us with another government department if your inquiry relates to that department. We do not use the information to create individual profiles, nor do we disclose this information to anyone outside the federal government without your consent.

Questions or comments regarding this policy, or the administration of the This link will take you to another Web site Privacy Act in NSERC, may be directed to the Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator by:

Tel.: 613-995-6214
Fax: 613-943-1222
Mail: Council Secretariat
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1H5

For additional information or concerns regarding your privacy rights under the Privacy Act, you may wish to contact:

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel.: 1-800-282-1376
Web site: This link will take you to another Web site

For additional information or concerns regarding your rights under the Access to Information Act, you may wish to contact:

Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
Tel.: 1-800-267-0441
Web site : This link will take you to another Web site

For a description of the records held by NSERC as part of the This link will take you to another Web site Depository Services Program, visit NSERC Info Source.

Official Languages Notice

The NSERC Web site respects the This link will take you to another Web site Official Languages Act and is committed to ensuring all information on this site is available in both French and English. However, users should be aware that some information from external sources is available as a courtesy and will only be available in the language in which it was provided. Some hyperlinks direct users to the Web sites of organizations or other entities that are not subject to the Official Languages Act.

Accessibility Notice

NSERC is committed to equitable access to information, regardless of the technologies used. We are continually striving to make our site accessible to all—including persons with disabilities and to those who use assistive devices.

The NSERC Web site is developed according to the Common Look and Feel Standards for the Internet—including the Accessibility Standards which require compliance with the This link will take you to another Web site World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C’s) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Guidelines Version 1.0 – Priority 1 and 2 Checkpoints.

NSERC has included some accessibility features on its Web site for the benefit of individuals using assistive technology.

Skip Navigation Links

Skip Navigation links are used mainly for use with assistive technologies such as screen readers, and PDA's (Personal Digital Assistants). They allow readers to skip directly to the content or to a local sub-menu. The Skip Navigation links are placed in the upper, left-hand corner of the screen. A white spacer image holds the link and the alternative text indicates how it works.

If you have any questions about the accessibility of this Web site, or if you are having trouble accessing information, contact the NSERC Webmaster.

Submit your comments and/or questions electronically using the Comments and Questions Form.


Some of the information on this Web site has been provided by external sources. NSERC is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information provided by external sources. Users wishing to rely on this information should consult directly with the source of the information.

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