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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.

1. I am a researcher from a Canadian institution and I carry out research in subatomic physics. NSERC has announced changes to the information required from co-applicants on Research Tools and Instruments grant applications. Are there changes to the SAP-RTI grant application?

No. There have been no changes made to the application form for SAP-RTI – Category 1 grants, nor for SAP-RTI - Category 2 and 3 grants.

2. Prior to Competition 2018 NSERC introduced a limit of one RTI application per competition, either as an applicant or a co-applicant, but not as both. Is this also the case for the SAP-RTI program?

No. This requirement does not apply to Subatomic Physics applicants as their grant applications are reviewed and supported through a different multi-program envelope. 

3. 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 – Category 2 or 3, no. It is mandatory to submit a SAP-RTI 2/3 NOI by the deadline date. Full applications cannot be submitted if an NOI has not been submitted.

4. What is the typical number of co-applicants for SAP-RTI applications? Are co-applicants necessary, especially for SAP-RTI – Category 2 and 3 grants, 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.

Teams should strive for a diverse group of co-applicants and major users, including balanced gender representation. Equity, diversity and inclusion considerations should be reflected in the rationale for the team composition and, where applicable, in the designated roles within the team. Moreover, where applicable, the applicants should describe how they have implemented and/or will implement policies and practices to support equity, diversity and inclusion within the team (e.g., recruitment of team members, management of the team, mentorship). For more information, refer to the Guide for Applicants: Considering equity, diversity and inclusion in your application (questions 1 to 4).

5. 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.