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Summary of Changes

2016-17 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.
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: June 29, 2016

Form 102 – Instructions
  • Additional information regarding co-applicants was added.
  • The Canadian Common CV (CCV) can be submitted for co-applicants only. If the CCV is submitted co-applicants must provide additional information.
  • Terms and Conditions of Applying Form must be signed and included for all co-applicants who submit the CCV or a regular CV.
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.
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 Discovery Grant Supplements
Created: August 15, 2016

NSERC is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Department of National Defence (DND) through their agency Defence Research and Development Canada. The partnership will provide up to 20 research supplements of $120,000 ($40,000 annually over three years) to support unclassified university-based research dedicated to the development of non-weapon-specific technologies with dual-use applications in defence and security areas.
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: December 15, 2015

The program description has been updated to outline new eligibility and participation requirements. Please consult the document carefully. The application checklist has also been updated to provide a guide for completing the freeform section of the proposal. The instructions have been updated to clarify what is required in an application and a budget justification.
I2I – Idea to Innovation Grants
Revised: November 6, 2015

NSERC is announcing changes regarding the requirements for intellectual property protection and the involvement of experienced business mentors in I2I Phases I and II.

Refer to the grant description and instructions for more information.
IRCC – Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges Grants
Revised: June 7, 2016

There will be no competition for this grant in 2016.

IRCC Chairs awarded in 2011 will be invited to submit a renewal application in 2016 for a second five-year term.

Renewal instructions have been created.

The program description has been updated to reflect the renewal process.
RTI – Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program - Operations and Maintenance Support For Research Equipment
Created: September 9, 2016

NSERC is pleased to introduce a supplementary component to the Research Tools and Instruments program. This pilot initiative will support Canadian research with grants to help cover costs for the operation and maintenance of equipment for one or two years, with contributions of up to $150,000 per year.

This one-time funding opportunity is being launched in conjunction with the current Research Tools and Instruments competition. The deadline for applications is October 25, 2016. Applications will be assessed by a multi-disciplinary selection committee.
SAP-DG – Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants Program
Revised: June 14, 2016

As of the 2017 Discovery Grants Competition, NSERC will no longer be accepting Subatomic Physics Discovery Grant - Team applications.
SPG - Strategic Partnership Grants
Revised: December 21, 2015

Updated target areas and research topics have been identified.

SPG-N - Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks
Previously Strategic Network Grants (SNG)
Revised: December 21, 2015

The following changes have been made for the 2016 SPG-N competition:

  • The anticipated budget for the 2016 SPG-N competition is expected to result in up to three new awards across the four target areas.
  • The month for submitting preliminary applications has changed from previous years. The new deadline is April 1, 2016.
  • The budget for the network applications has been increased from $5M to $5.5M
  • Applications are required to include a strategy for international collaboration and international collaborator statements of interest. For the Preliminary Application stage, only five international collaborator statements of interest will be accepted.
  • Preliminary Applications to Category A have been given an additional page to address fit to Category A and to discuss the uniqueness of their network.
  • Full network applications have been given an extra 5 pages. Category A applications now have a 65 page maximum and Category B applications now have a 70 page maximum.
SPG-P - Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects
Previously Strategic Project Grants (SPG)

Revised: December 21, 2015

The following changes have been made for the 2016 SPG-P competition:
  • The anticipated budget for the 2016 SPG-P competition is expected to result in about 15 to 18 new awards per target area.
  • It is no longer necessary to identify if your application is a re-submission.
  • Selection panels will assess each selection criterion using a scale of 1 to 6.
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