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Future of the Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program

After extensive consultation and input from stakeholders in the research community across Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has now made a decision on the continued delivery of the program.

As per the feedback and preferences received from the community, NSERC will maintain a national competition for the RTI Grants Program and will work with institutions to implement an application quota so that NSERC receives about 500 applications in total. Starting with the fall 2013 application cycle, universities will be provided with a quota of applications that they can submit to NSERC. The quota will represent about one third of the number of applications received in the past. The quotas to universities will be based on the number of NSERC funded researchers supported at each institution, with a minimum quota of two applications.

Vice-Presidents Research from universities across Canada have been made aware of these developments and have been provided with additional background information to help them shape their internal review processes. They will continue to receive support from NSERC, particularly through the first application period.

We again thank the community for its help and feedback as we move to implement a new future for the RTI Grants Program. For more information on the next RTI Grants competition, please contact us via or get in touch with your Vice-President, Research.