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Grants and Scholarships (voted)

Start date: 1978

End date: No end date

Description: NSERC's class grant Grants and Scholarships program supports university-based basic and project research, college-based project research, provides scholarships and fellowships to young researchers, and facilitates links between universities, colleges, the private sector, and governments.

Strategic outcome(s): 1.0 Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.

Results achieved: See Departmental Performance Report

Grants and Scholarships (millions of dollars)
  2011-12 Actual spending 2012-13 Actual spending 2013-14 Planned spending 2013-14
Total authorities
2013-14 Actual spending Variance
Total grants - People 201.5 198.3 203.6 203.3 195.3 -8.3
Total grants - Discovery 417.9 422.8 387.4 387.9 398.5 11.1
Total grants - Innovation 238.2 245.4 253.6 256.6 252.9 -0.7
Total program 857.5 866.6 844.6 847.8 846.7 2.1

Comments on Variance

  • Differences between planned and actual spending in Program 1.1 People relates to normal turnover of Canada Research Chairs incumbents and Sub-Program 1.1.2.
  • The variance in Program 1.2 Discovery is explained by the transfer of unused funds from other NSERC programs.
  • These figures do not include operating expenses.

Audits completed or planned: -

Evaluations completed or planned:

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Disclosure of Grants and Scholarships


Canada Graduate Scholarships (voted)

Start date: 2003

End date: No end Date

Description: NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in master's or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering.

Strategic outcome(s): 1.0 Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.

Results achieved: See Departmental Performance Report

Canada Graduate Scholarships (millions of dollars)
  2011-12 Actual spending 2012-13 Actual spending 2013-14 Planned spending 2013-14
Total authorities
2013-14 Actual spending Variance
Total program 49.6 42.6 42.6 42.6 42.6 0.0

Comments on Variances: These figures do not include operating expenses.

Audits completed or planned:

Evaluations completed or planned: Completed April 2014


Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Voted)

Start date: 2008

End date: No end date

Description: NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program provides financial support to Canadian and International students who have achieved outstanding success in their studies and will pursue a doctoral program at a Canadian university in the areas of natural sciences and engineering.

Strategic outcome(s): 1.0 Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.

Results achieved: See the Departmental Performance Report

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (millions of dollars)
  2011-12 Actual spending 2012-13 Actual spending 2013-14 Planned spending 2013-14
Total authorities
2013-14 Actual spending Variance
Total grants 8.0 8.2 8.4 8.4 8.3 -0.1
Total program 8.0 8.2 8.4 8.4 8.3 -0.1

Comments on Variances: These figures do not include operating expenses.

Audits completed or planned: -

Evaluations completed or planned: Completed June 2014

Engagement of applicants and recipients: This link will take you to another Web site Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships


Canada Excellence Research Chairs (voted)

Start date: 2008

End date: No end date

Description: NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grants Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program to attract Canadian and international leaders who can positively contribute to our global competitiveness, future prosperity and well-being, as well as provide deeper understanding of the human dimension of technological change in the areas of natural sciences and engineering.

Strategic outcome(s): 1.0 Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.

Results achieved: See Departmental Performance Report

Canada Excellence Research Chairs (millions of dollars)
  2011-12 Actual spending 2012-13 Actual spending 2013-14 Planned spending 2013-14
Total authorities
2013-14 Actual spending Variance
Total grants 17.8 18.2 18.2 18.2 18.2 0.0
Total program 17.8 18.2 18.2 18.2 18.2 0.0

Comments on variances: These figures do not include operating expenses.

Audits Completed or planned: -

Evaluations completed or planned: To be completed in October 2014

Engagement of applicants and recipients: This link will take you to another Web site Canada Research Chairs


Industrial R&D Internship (Voted)

Start date: 2007

End date: No end date

Description: NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant Industrial R&D Internship (IRDI) Program provides financial support to eligible, non-for-profit organizations to match graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with private sector organizations for private sector research internships involving expertise in natural sciences and engineering. The interns work on research projects jointly developed by their private sector partner and academic supervisor.

Strategic outcome(s): 1.0 Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.

Results achieved: See the Departmental Performance Report

Industrial R&D Internship Program (millions of dollars)
  2011-12 Actual spending 2012-13 Actual spending 2013-14 Planned spending 2013-14
Total authorities
2013-14 Actual spending Variance
Total grants 6.9 6.9 6.9 6.9 6.9 0.0
Total program 6.9 6.9 6.9 6.9 6.9 0.0

Comments on variances: These figures do not include operating expenses.

Audits Completed or planned: -

Evaluations completed or Planned: -


Networks of Centres of Excellence (voted)

Start date: 1997

End date: No end date

Description: NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant Networks of Centres of Excellence Program to mobilize Canada's research talent in the academic, private, public and not-for-profit sectors and apply it to the task of developing the economy and improving the quality of life of Canadians.

Strategic outcome(s): 1.0 Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.

Results achieved: See the Departmental Performance Report.

Networks of Centres of Excellence (millions of dollars)
  2011-12 Actual spending 2012-13 Actual spending 2013-14 Planned spending 2013-14
Total authorities
2013-14 Actual spending Variance
Total grants 38.6 36.5 33.4 33.4 33.4 0.0
Total program 38.6 36.5 33.4 33.4 33.4 0.0

Comments on variances: Variance between planned and actual spending reflects typical annual turnover of incumbents. Unspent funds were re-distributed internally to other NSERC programs.

Audits completed or planned: Completed January 2014.

Evaluations completed or planned: Completed June 2013.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: This link will take you to another Web site Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada


Business-Led networks of Centres of Excellence

Start date: 2007

End date: No end date

Description: NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence Program establishes networks conducting research in priority areas resulting in a long-term competitive advantage to consortia of Canadian firms, supported by networks of academics and government researchers in areas of natural sciences and engineering. This program is included within the class grants Networks of Centres of Excellence Program.

Strategic outcome(s): 1.0 Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.

Results achieved: See the Departmental Performance Report

Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (millions of dollars)
  2011-12 Actual spending 2012-13 Actual spending 2013-14 Planned spending 2013-14
Total authorities
2013-14 Actual spending Variance
Total grants 8.3 1.2 8.4 5.6 5.6 -2.8
Total program 8.3 1.2 8.4 5.6 5.6 -2.8

Comments on variances: Funding difference reflects money transfers due to competition results. Unspent funds caused by differences in planned vs. actual spending were re-distributed internally to other NSERC programs.

Audits completed or planned: -

Evaluations completed or planned: To be completed February 2015.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: This link will take you to another Web site Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence Program


College and Community Innovation Program (Voted)

Start date: 2007

End date: No End date

Description: NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant College and Community Innovation Program increases innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly small and medium sized enterprises, in areas of natural sciences and engineering. It supports applied research and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, as well as technology transfer, adaptation and adoption of new technologies, in areas of strategic importance to Canada.

Strategic outcome(s): 1.0 Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.

Results achieved: See the Departmental Performance Report

College and Community Innovation Program (millions of dollars)
  2011-12 Actual spending 2012-13 Actual spending 2013-14 Planned spending 2013-14
Total authorities
2013-14 Actual spending Variance
Total grants 28.0 29.2 28.4 40.6 40.6 12.2
Total program 28.0 29.2 28.4 40.6 40.6 12.2

Comments on variances: Variance reflects additional funds provided by Budget 2013

Audits completed or planned: To be completed December 2014.

Evaluations completed or planned: -

Engagement of applicants and recipients: College and Community Innovation Program


Centres of Excellence for Commercialization (Voted)

Start date: 2007

End date: No end date

Description: NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research Program supports the operation of commercialization and/or research Centres that bring together people, services, and infrastructure to maximize the benefits of the government's investments in skills and research and to encourage greater private sector investment in science and technology, in areas of natural sciences and engineering.

Strategic outcome(s): 1.0 Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.

Results achieved: See the Departmental Performance Report

Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (millions of dollars)
  2011-12 Actual spending 2012-13 Actual spending 2013-14 Planned spending 2013-14
Total authorities
2013-14 Actual spending Variance
Total grants 0.7 1.8 4.7 10.8 10.8 6.1
Total program 0.7 1.8 4.7 10.8 10.8 6.1

Comments on variances: The variance between planned and actual spending relates to the program cycle, where funding amounts are determined post-competition and appropriated through the Supplementary Estimates during the year.

Audits completed or planned: -

Evaluations completed or planned: -

Engagement of applicants and recipients: This link will take you to another Web site Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research

People Discovery Innovation