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Summary of Changes

2015-16 Program Guide for Professors

NSERC has revised the Program Guide for Professors.

This summary is meant only to help you focus on the main changes. Read the program descriptions that are relevant to you, and the appropriate instructions to review all the changes.


Programs (in alphabetical order)
ARD Applied Research and Development Grants
Revised: April 1, 2015

The opportunity previously available to colleges through Applied Research and Development Level 1 Grants is now available through Engage Grants.

The page limit for ARD proposals has been increased to a maximum of 10 single-sided pages.
ARTI- Applied Research Tools and Instruments Grants
Revised: August 6, 2015

The next ARTI Grants application deadline is November 17, 2015.
CITA – Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics Support Program
Created: May 20, 2015

New support program that enables the development of research activities and fosters training and collaboration, within and among national or international (based in Canada) thematic resources in theoretical astrophysics. The application deadline is June 1, 2015.
CG – Connect Grants
Created: April 1, 2015

Interaction Grants, Partnership Workshop Grants, and the Regional Opportunity Fund have been integrated into Connect Grants.
CRD - Collaborative Research and Development Grants
Revised: April 1, 2015

Information about DND/NSERC Partnership Grants is now available in the CRD Grants description. Grant levels requiring Advisory Committee on University Industry Grants (ACUIG) review have been modified.
CREATE – Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program
Revised: August 6, 2015

Form 187 – Outline of Training Program

  • For applicants who have previously held a CREATE Grant, the proposed initiative must differ significantly from the previous one. An additional page is now allowed to clearly explain this in the Letter of Intent.
  • The HQP table was modified to indicate NSE and Non-NSE trainees.

Program Description

  • Details were added to the collaboration with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) section.
  • Details regarding progress reports and performance evaluations were added.
  • The weighting of the selection criteria was modified.
  • The Frequently Asked Questions have been updated.

Form 102 – Instructions

  • The Canadian Common CV (CCV) can now be submitted. If you choose to submit a CCV with your application, you are asked to provide additional information.
  • Applicants and co-applicants must be the same in the LOI and the application. If changes are required, please contact NSERC.
  • Teams should consider gender balance in the group of trainees recruited. Similar considerations apply to their supervisors, role models and mentors.
CTRMSCollaborative and Thematic Resources Support in Mathematics and Statistics Program
Revised: July 6, 2015

NSERC will not be accepting new applications at this time, as there will be no competition for this program in 2016.
CWSE – Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering
Revised: June 12, 2014

The application deadline (for the Quebec and British Columbia regions) has been extended to October 2, 2014.
DDG – Discovery Development Grants (Pilot)
Created: May 7, 2015

The DDG pilot provides resources to researchers from small universities whose Discovery Grant (DG) applications were deemed to be of appropriate quality to merit research support, but were not funded in the DG Competition. Each award is valued at up to $20,000 over two years (up to $10,000 annually) and provides recipients with resources to build their research program.
DF – Discovery Frontiers Call for Proposals: New Materials for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency
Created: October 17, 2014

NSERC is pleased to launch a third Discovery Frontiers (DF) call for proposals in the area of New Materials for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency.

Discovery Frontiers grants support a limited number of large international activities, opportunities or projects that are of high priority in the context of advanced research in Canada. These will be led by world-class Canadian researchers and will comprise teams that will generate substantial impact, for the benefit of Canada.

The Letter of Intent deadline for the third call for proposals is March 2, 2015.
DG Discovery Grants Program
Revised: August 6, 2015

As of the 2016 Discovery Grants Competition, NSERC will no longer be accepting Team Grant applications.

Applicants with a research background in a non-university setting may no longer include contributions over the last 10 years in the application. Applicants can now only include contributions over the last six years. This applies to all applicants.
DND/NSERC Partnership Grants
Revised: April 1, 2015

Information about DND/NSERC Partnership Grants is now available in the CRD Grants description. 
EG - Engage Grants
Revised: April 1, 2015

The program description has been updated. The instructions have also been updated to clarify what is required in an application and its budget justification.
IRCC – Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges Grants
Revised: July 23, 2015

The next IRCC application deadline is October 15, 2015.

The program description has been updated. The following sections of the instructions have also been revised:
  • Who completes the application
  • Synopsis (under Section II: Applied research program proposal)
  • Letter(s) of reference

RTI Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program
Revised: August 6, 2015

The RTI applications process has transitioned to the Research Portal and the Canadian Common CV (CCV).
SAP-DG – Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants Program (Individual, Team, Project)
SAP-MRS – Subatomic Physics Major Resources Support Program
SAP-RTI – Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program

Revised: August 6, 2015

Applicants with a research background in a non-university setting may no longer include contributions over the last 10 years in the application. Applicants can now only include contributions over the last six years. This applies to all applicants.
SPG - Strategic Partnership Grants
Created: January 30, 2015

The descriptions for Strategic Network Grants (SNG) and Strategic Project Grants (SPG) have been integrated into Strategic Partnership Grants.

SPG-N - Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks
Previously Strategic Network Grants (SNG)
Revised: January 30, 2015

The following changes have been made for the 2015 SPG-N competition:
  • The anticipated budget for the 2015 SPG-N competition is expected to result in two new awards across the four target areas.
  • The month for submitting preliminary applications has changed from previous years. The new deadline is April 1, 2015.
SPG-P - Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects
Previously Strategic Project Grants (SPG)

Revised: June 16, 2015

The following changes have been made for the 2015 SPG-P competition:
  • The anticipated budget for the 2015 SPG-P competition is expected to result in about 15 to 18 new awards per target area.
  • The Manufacturing target area now includes Additive Manufacturing as a research topic.
  • The agreement for international collaborations with the Japan Science and Technology Agency has now concluded.
  • Selection panels will assess each selection criterion using a scale of 1 to 6.
Policies and Guidelines (in alphabetical order)
Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships
Revised: January 16, 2015

The Guidelines have been revised to provide:
  • clarification on the eligibility of public utilities;
  • a new section explaining the Conflict of Interest Guidelines for Partner Organizations; and
  • an enhanced definition of an “arm’s length” relationship as it pertains to a partnering organization.
People Discovery Innovation