The NSERC Subatomic Physics Major Resources Support Program accepts new grant applications for review by the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section.
|Duration||Up to three years|
|Application Deadline||August 1 (Notification of Intent to Apply)
October 1 (Application)
|Application Procedure||See below|
|How to Apply||
To create or access a Notification of Intent to Apply or an application, select Research Portal.
To view instructions, select Instructions.
|Contact||Consult the Contact list.|
The objective of the Subatomic Physics Major Resources Support (SAP-MRS) Program is to facilitate the effective access by Canadian academic researchers, working in the field of subatomic physics, to major and unique national or international (based in Canada) experimental or thematic research resources by financially assisting these resources to remain in a state of readiness for researchers to use. SAP-MRS grants are not intended to support resources that are standard in a discipline or commonly available in Canadian universities. The SAP-MRS Program also aims to facilitate access by Canadian academic subatomic researchers, who come together as national consortia, to major international resources located outside Canada, the equivalent of which is not available in Canada. This support is intended to enable access by researchers from more than one project, and it excludes any direct financial support towards the operating and maintenance costs of such resources.
Research resources are defined as experimental research facilities or thematic research organizations such as institutes. An institute is defined as a research resource that promotes and triggers national, and possibly international, interactions within a given research community and provides a place where researchers meet, collaborate and exchange ideas. Institutes are infrastructures that provide an environment that serves to accelerate research.
SAP-MRS grants assist major and unique national or international subatomic physics experimental and thematic research resources located in Canada to cover their operating and maintenance costs. Supported resources are those that cannot fully cover such costs by using other research grants or by user fees, or those where user fees cannot be leveraged. The grants assist resources that are significant in size, value or importance, and that are not customary in the discipline or commonly available in Canadian universities.
Supported resources must be used by researchers from several institutions across Canada including universities, or government laboratories.
Major resources supported by this Program may include:
SAP-MRS grants also assist Canadian researchers from more than one project, who come together as national user consortia, to access major resources located abroad, the equivalent of which is not available in Canada. Such support excludes any direct contribution toward the operating and maintenance costs of foreign resources. The support is not given to individual researchers, but rather to the user consortia, which must be composed of researchers from several institutions (including universities, or government laboratories) across Canada.
Support of Resources Located in Canada
SAP-MRS grants provide funding to assist coverage of the following costs:
Furthermore, in the case of thematic resources, MRS grants also provide funding to assist in paying the following costs, which should be listed as part of the operating costs:
In the case of resources that apply user fees for their access, the costs of operating the facilities should be split into two major components: non-recoverable and recoverable costs.
Support of Access to Resources Located Outside Canada
SAP-MRS grants assist national users groups, beyond one single project, in accessing major resources located abroad, the equivalent of which is not available in Canada. Such support excludes any direct contribution towards the operating and maintenance costs of such resources. The following costs are eligible for SAP-MRS funding:
SAP-MRS grants cannot be used to pay for any indirect costs of research or expenses that are central or departmental institutional costs. Examples of such indirect costs include, but are not limited to, those for the maintenance and renovation of research spaces and buildings, leasing costs of spaces and equipment, utilities, general technical support to laboratories, security and occupational safety, financial and administrative support, or insurance. Other ineligible costs can be found in the Use of Grant Funds page of NSERC’s Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide. Furthermore, SAP-MRS grants cannot be used to pay for the establishment, construction or infrastructure expansion of a resource.
Any application to the SAP-MRS Program will be assessed on the basis of the eight selection criteria listed below. Each criterion lists the factors that will be considered. To be eligible for SAP-MRS funding, a resource must meet all eight criteria. The onus is on the applicants to thoroughly address each criterion in their application and provide detailed information to the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section.
The first step in applying to the SAP-MRS Program is to submit a Notification of Intent (NOI) to Apply for a SAP-MRS grant by the deadline date. The NOI is a mandatory step in the application process. It allows NSERC to determine the most appropriate review mechanism for the grant application. Resources for which an NOI is not submitted will not be able to submit a full application.
You must then submit the application by the deadline date.
Applicants and co-applicants are required to complete and submit the NSERC version of the Canadian Common CV (CCV) at the NOI and application stages for this program. The CCV can be updated between the time it is submitted with the NOI and the application deadline.
SAP-MRS grant applications are reviewed by the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section. No external input is usually sought. The Section may request, however, expert input from individual referees, if necessary. Furthermore, for any application requesting an average (over the requested duration) of $1,000,000 per year or more, the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section may also receive input from an expert ad hoc committee that would perform an on-site evaluation and review of the resource. NSERC reserves the right to perform an on-site evaluation and review of any subatomic physics resource, even for requests that are less than an average of $1,000,000 per year. According to the internal procedures of the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section, resources may be invited to make oral presentations during the Large Project Day held every year by this Committee.
The Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section makes the conclusive recommendation to NSERC on any grant application to the SAP-MRS Program.
Conflicts of Interest
NSERC’s Guidelines on Conflict of Interest will be strictly applied throughout the review process.
SAP-MRS grants are awarded for up to three years, the normal duration being three years. For thematic resources, duration of up to five years may be requested. If you plan on requesting support for more than three years, contact the Program Officer responsible of the Subatomic Physics suite of programs.
For grants whose average is of $500,000 per year or higher (over the requested duration), the payment of the second and any subsequent yearly instalment is conditional on the submission of an annual activity report to NSERC. The submission deadline for this report is February 1. NSERC reserves the right to request an activity report from any supported subatomic physics resource, even for grants that are less than an average of $500,000 per year (over the requested duration).