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There will be no further competitions for this program.
As of Budget 2009, NSERC has discontinued the Special Research Opportunity program, through which the Inter-American Collaboration in Materials Research program was funded.
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|Duration||Up to three years|
|Application Deadline||The program is now closed.|
|How to Apply||See below|
|Application Forms||Form 184 – Research Projects
Free-form letter or e-mail – Collaborative Mobility Grants
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The Inter-American Collaboration in Materials Research (CIAM) is an international, multi-agency initiative through which national research funding agencies1 of participating countries support opportunities for new and ongoing interactions between materials researchers that leverage the strengths of each country's scientific community. CIAM offers funding opportunities for collaborative activities in materials research between researchers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the United States. NSERC is responsible for Canada’s participation in this program.
NSERC is soliciting collaborative research proposals from NSERC-eligible researchers in the fields of materials science and engineering. Proposals must have materials-related applications in processing, design and manufacturing.
Researchers participating in collaborative projects through CIAM receive funding from their respective country. Proposals from individuals or teams based at NSERC-eligible institutions must be submitted directly to NSERC. Collaborators from other participating countries should submit their counterpart proposal to the participating funding agency of their home country. The CIAM award selection process does not involve joint review; however, evaluation results will be compared and award selections negotiated.
For NSERC support, eligible researchers may propose bilateral or multilateral projects. NSERC will give priority to multilateral projects, when other elements are equal in merit. Projects may involve collaborators from countries outside the Western Hemisphere (e.g., Spain), or non-participating countries inside the Western Hemisphere (e.g., Uruguay), where their research expertise or access to facilities is clearly complementary to that of the proposed CIAM collaborative team and therefore justifies a broader network. Such collaborators must be self-funded.
NSERC expects to support a limited number of high-quality Research Projects, of up to three years duration, that present an opportunity for inter-American collaboration. Accordingly, the funding envelope available at NSERC for the CIAM competition is approximately $1.5 million over three years. New in 2008 is a cap on the amount of funding that can be requested. The maximum allowable requested amount from NSERC for a single project is $60,000 per year for three years. As part of this Request for Proposals, NSERC will also entertain proposals for Collaborative Mobility Grants that aim to establish new inter-American collaborations, support international mobility and/or support networking efforts between scientists who wish to use their respective existing grants to support their collaborative research work.
Research project grants aim to support new and ongoing collaborative research projects in materials science and engineering between groups of researchers or centres. They also aim to enhance cooperation and interaction between groups of researchers, research centres and organizations. Proposed activities could include, but are not restricted to, the international mobility of students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty for the integration of research and training activities between collaborating groups, centres and organizations. Budgets would provide support for research and may include travel costs for meetings/workshops.
Collaborative Mobility Grants aim to support the planning and design activities of new collaborative research projects and programs among groups of investigators or centres and/or support the international mobility of scientists and students who wish to use their existing grants to support their collaborative research work.
These grants provide support for the pre-research stages of international collaborative research projects and programs as well as the ongoing mobility/travel costs of international research collaborations. Funding under this category of the CIAM Request for Proposals can be used to cover the eligible costs associated with organizing workshops, or symposia, and/or travel for meetings and for exchanges required for collaborative research projects.
Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the Special Research Opportunity (SRO) application procedures and selection criteria, as outlined in NSERC's Program Guide for Professors under the Special Research Opportunity (SRO) Program.
There are two phases to the CIAM application process:
Applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent to Apply for a Special Research Opportunity Grant (Form 184) by the deadline date. Only those applicants whose Letters of Intent are accepted will be invited to submit a full application.
Note: For the Letter of Intent, the selection criterion with respect to a time-sensitive and urgent research opportunity does not apply in the context of the NSERC-initiated CIAM Request for Proposals.
Applicants must first submit a notice of intent to submit an application, by the deadline date. This free-form letter, or e-mail, must contain the following:
There will be no evaluation of the notice of intent to apply.
Applicants must submit an NSERC Application for a Grant (Form 101). Full applications must be submitted to NSERC by the deadline date. The title of the proposal must reference “Inter-American Materials Research.”
Collaborative Mobility Grants
Applications to NSERC must be linked to:
Participating agencies will solicit proposals in accordance with their own submission and review procedures. Consequently, it is not necessary to submit identical proposals to each agency. However, all proposals to NSERC must include an additional summary (two page maximum) of each counterpart proposal or existing award, with the following information:
In accordance with the Special Research Opportunity (SRO) Program – Project (Form 101) instructions, foreign collaborators must also submit a C.V., either using Form 100 or another comparable format of no more than six pages. Information about counterpart proposals will be shared among the participating agencies as appropriate.
In the Form 101, a description of the role of the collaborator(s) must be provided. Specifically, describe:
For your guidance, suggested types of collaboration include:
International CIAM grantees’ workshops/meetings are organized on a recurring basis (approximately annually). Grantees are expected to participate in these events; therefore, applicants should incorporate this activity into their travel budget request.
The appropriate agencies will independently evaluate proposals through their national peer review processes. A joint steering committee, made up of representatives from each of the participating funding agencies, will meet in May 2009 to compare their respective evaluations of joint proposals and identify awards. Awards will be confirmed by summer 2009.
Special Research Opportunity Grants
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