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Summary of Changes

2014-15 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: February 21, 2014

The next ARTI Grants application deadline is November 17, 2014.
CDE – Chairs in Design Engineering
Revised: February 27, 2014

Applicants for CDE Grants will see the following modifications:
  • Four Chairs are available in the new competition;
  • Preliminary application deadline: April 8, 2014;
  • New eligibility requirement: Chair candidates must hold a degree in engineering;
  • A new Contributions from Supporting Organizations stand-alone form has been created to allow information about multiple supporting organizations to be included with the submitted application;
  • A maximum of five names can be suggested as external reviewers; and
  • The budget table in Form 101 replaces the separate detailed budget table used in previous years.
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: July 10, 2014

The program description has been updated. CREATE initiatives are encouraged to promote approaches that increase the representation and advancement of women in the natural sciences and engineering, as one means to foster excellence in research and training. Teams should strive for a balanced gender representation in the group of trainees and in their supervisors, role models and mentors.
CU-I2I College-University Idea to Innovation Grants
Revised: February 21, 2014

The next CU–I2I Grants application deadline is October 1, 2014.
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.
DAS – Discovery Accelerator Supplements Program
Revised: August 11, 2014

Formerly, NSERC offered the option for a Vice-President, Research to request from NSERC a reduction in the duration of the Discovery Grant for a limited number of their researchers who they believed would meet the objectives and intent of the DAS awards. Starting with the 2015 Discovery Grant competition, this option will no longer be available.

Additionally, the focus of the DAS program has been modified. Potential recipients will have a superior research program that is highly rated in terms of originality and innovation, and will show strong potential to become international leaders within their field.
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 11, 2014

The following changes have been made for the application stage of the Discovery Grants program:
  • the maximum number of characters permitted in the Research Portal text boxes has been revised. Further details are provided in the DG application instructions; and
  • basic formatting in Research Portal text boxes (bold, underline, italic, superscript, and subscript) can be used.
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.
I2I – Idea to Innovation Grants
Revised: May 1, 2014

NSERC has terminated the pilot initiative in which an industrial liaison office could conduct market assessment projects as part of the Idea to Innovation Grant.
IRCC – Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges Grants
Revised: February 21, 2014

The next IRCC application deadline is October 15, 2014.

RTI Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program
Revised: October 1, 2013

The application deadline time has changed from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern time).
SAP-DG – Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants Program (Individual, Team, Project)
Revised: August 11, 2014

The following changes have been made for the application stage of the Subatomic Physics Discovery (SAP-DG) Grants program (Individual, Team, Project):
  • the maximum number of characters permitted in the Research Portal text boxes has been revised. Further details are provided in the SAP-DG application instructions; and
  • basic formatting in Research Portal text boxes (bold, underline, italic, superscript, and subscript) can be used.
SAP-MRS – Subatomic Physics Major Resources Support Program
Revised: August 11, 2014

The following changes have been made for the application stage of the Subatomic Physics Major Resources Support (SAP-MRS) Grants Program:
  • the maximum number of characters permitted in the Research Portal text boxes has been revised. Further details are provided in the SAP-MRS application instructions; and
  • basic formatting in Research Portal text boxes (bold, underline, italic, superscript, and subscript) can be used.
SAP-RTI – Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program
Revised: August 11, 2014

The following changes have been made for the application stage of the Category 1, and Categories 2 and 3 Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments (SAP-RTI) Grants Program:
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.
TAC – Technology Access Centres
Revised: February 21, 2014

The next TAC Grants Letter of Intent deadline is June 9, 2014. The next application deadline is October 20, 2014 (by invitation only).
Policies and Guidelines (in alphabetical order)
Eligibility Criteria for Faculty
Revised: July 2, 2014

NSERC has updated its eligibility criteria for faculty. The criteria have not changed; the information has been restructured in order to make the criteria clearer.
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.
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