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Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments Program Frequently Asked Questions

The NSERC Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments (SAP-RTI) Program accepts new grant applications submitted by researchers for review by the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section. The number of applications to this program is not restricted by university quotas set by NSERC.

1. I am a researcher from a Canadian institution and I carry out research in subatomic physics. NSERC has announced that it will work with institutions to implement an application quota for Research Tools and Instruments grant applications. Do I have to submit my SAP-RTI grant application through my institution’s internal selection process?

No. Applications to the SAP-RTI Program are not subject to quotas NSERC provides to universities for Research Tools and Instruments grant applications. University researchers undertaking research in the field of subatomic physics can submit SAP-RTI grant applications to the Subatomic Physics Grants competition independently of their institution’s quota-related internal selection process.

2. Can I submit a grant application without first submitting a Notification of Intent (NOI) to Apply for a Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments grant?

For SAP-RTI – Category 1, yes. It is not required to submit an NOI.

For SAP-RTI – Categories 2 and 3, it is mandatory to submit an NOI by the deadline date.

Full applications cannot be submitted if an NOI has not been submitted.

3. What is the typical number of co-applicants for SAP-RTI applications? Are co-applicants necessary, especially for SAP-RTI – Categories 2 and 3, or can the application refer to the researchers making use of the equipment or facility without having any actual co-applicants?

There is no typical number of co-applicants for SAP-RTI applications, and the layout of the application, the use of the available space, and the choice of researchers to include as co-applicants are left to the discretion of the applicant. However, without co-applicants and their CCV, the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section could have difficulty in assessing several of the selection criteria in the case of equipment that is intended to support the research activities of several researchers and their highly qualified personnel. This is particularly critical for SAP-RTI – Categories 2 and 3 applications.

4. Can I submit the Notification of Intent to Apply (Categories 2 and 3) or the application for a SAP-RTI grant other than through NSERC’s Research Portal?

No. The Notification of Intent to Apply (Categories 2 and 3) and the application must be submitted through NSERC’s Research Portal.