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Summary of Changes  2013-14 Program Guide for Professors

  1. NSERC has revised the Program Guide for Professors. A summary of the most significant changes appears below.
  2. The Summary of Changes to the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide has been revised.
Programs (in alphabetical order)
ARD Applied Research and Development Grants
Revision: April 17, 2013

Effective August 1, 2014, cash contributions from a company partner(s) will be mandatory for all ARD 2 and ARD 3 grants. Please see the Company Participation section in the program description for more information.
ARTI- Applied Research Tools and Instruments Grants
Revision: February 21, 2014

The next ARTI Grants application deadline is November 17, 2014.
CDE – Chairs in Design Engineering
Revision: 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.
CRD - Collaborative Research and Development Grants
Revision: March 28, 2014

The CRD description, and on-line instructions for Forms 101 and 140 have been revised.
CTRMS - Collaborative and Thematic Resources Support in Mathematics and Statistics
Created: February 7, 2013

The objective of the Collaborative and Thematic Resources Support in Mathematics and Statistics (CTRMS) Program is to enable the development of research activities and foster training and collaboration, within and among national or international (based in Canada) thematic resources in mathematical and statistical sciences.
  • This is a new program that will be offered periodically.
  • The submission date for Letters of Intent for the first call for proposals is May 1, 2013.
CU-I2I College-University Idea to Innovation Grants
Revision: February 21, 2014

The next CU–I2I Grants application deadline is October 1, 2014.
DF Discovery Frontiers Calls for Proposals: Exploring Big Data

Created: Febuary 5, 2013

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is pleased to launch calls for proposals for two unique funding opportunities under the Discovery Frontiers Program. Our research community is encouraged to consider applying for innovative funding opportunities that will see new groups of researchers from a variety of disciplines tackle major research challenges related to mining large volumes of data. The umbrella program for these new calls is Discovery Frontiers, a program that features a limited number of large international activities, opportunities or projects that are of high priority in the context of advanced research in Canada. They are led by world-class researchers and include teams that generate substantial impact, for the benefit of Canadians.
DG Discovery Grants Program
Revision: May 8, 2013

NSERC is implementing major changes to its application submission process for the Discovery Grants program.

See the Important Notice from NSERC – Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) for a Discovery Grant for more information.

Revision: August 16, 2013

Instructions for Discovery Grants application are now available.
Engage Plus Grants
Creation: September 12, 2013

To further developments from an ongoing or recently completed Engage Grant project, or to continue the project while seeking longer-term support, applicants may apply for a subsequent Engage Plus Grant to support a project for an additional six months. The project must involve the same academic researcher and the same industrial partner and only one Engage Plus Grant can be awarded as a follow-on to an Engage Grant. An Engage Plus Grant has features similar to an Engage Grant, including a simple application and a prompt decision timeframe.
IE – Innovation Enhancement Grants
Revision: October 22, 2013

The five-year Innovation Enhancement (IE) Grants are non-renewable. Colleges are limited to one five-year IE Grant per applied research area. Colleges can apply for more than one five-year IE Grant. However, it must be clearly demonstrated that the application falls within a new applied research area. Applications in which there is significant overlap with previous IE Grants will be rejected.
IF - Innovation Frontiers
Revision: February 5, 2013


This grant is no longer available. Applicants are encouraged to consult the Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grants or Strategic Network Grants (SNG) pages.
IRCC – Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges Grants
Revision: February 21, 2014

The next IRCC application deadline is October 15, 2014.
PWG - Partnership Workshop Grants
Revision: April 8, 2013

NSERC will now accept applications for Partnership Workshop Grants that are led by eligible Canadian community colleges. Applications require a Form 101 and a Form 103CV and must be submitted to NSERC by mail as a paper application.

See the Partnership Workshop Grants description and instructions for more information.

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

The application deadline time has changed from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern time).

Revision: June 19, 2013

NSERC has implemented major changes to the RTI program. For more information, refer to the program description.
SAP-DG – Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants Program (Individual, Team, Project)
Revision: May 8, 2013

NSERC is implementing major changes to its application submission process for the 2014 Research Grants Competition of the Subatomic Physics (SAP) Evaluation Section.

See the Important Notice for Potential Applicants to the 2014 Research Grants Competition of the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section for more information.

Revision: August 16, 2013

Instructions for Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants application are now available.
SAP-MRS –Subatomic Physics Major Resources Support Program
Revision: May 8, 2013

NSERC is implementing major changes to its application submission process for the 2014 Research Grants Competition of the Subatomic Physics (SAP) Evaluation Section.

See the Important Notice for Potential Applicants to the 2014 Research Grants Competition of the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section for more information.

Revision: August 16, 2013

Instructions for Subatomic Physics Major Resources Support application are now available.
SAP-RTI – Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program
Revision: May 8, 2013

NSERC is implementing major changes to its application submission process for the 2014 Research Grants Competition of the Subatomic Physics (SAP) Evaluation Section.

See the Important Notice for Potential Applicants to the 2014 Research Grants Competition of the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section for more information.

Revision: August 16, 2013

Instructions for Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments Grants application are now available.
SNG – Strategic Network Grants
Revision: January 15, 2013

Strategic Network Grants submission deadline for preliminary applications is June 1, 2013.
SPG– Strategic Project Grants
Revision: February 11, 2014

The following modifications have been made for the 2014 Strategic Project Grants competition:
  • The anticipated budget for the 2014 SPG competition is expected to result in about 15 to 18 new awards per target area;
  • NSERC and Environment Canada have entered into a three-year agreement whereby Environment Canada will fund or co-fund selected Strategic Projects in the Environmental Science and Technologies target area; and
  • There are changes with respect to France and Japan in the call for collaborative proposals under international agreements.
TAC –Technology Access Centres
Revision: 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)
This link will take you to another Web site Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations
Created: March 1, 2013


The Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, NSERC and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada have launched the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations.
Environmental Assessment
Revision: February 26, 2013

On July 6, 2012, the This link will take you to another Web site Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) came into force. As a result, the following changes to NSERC’s literature and forms have been implemented:  (a) the NSERC Policy on Environmental Assessment has been revoked and replaced by NSERC’s Guidelines on Environmental Review and Assessment; (b) the environment-related question under Certification/Requirements on page 1 of the Grant Application Form has been revised; (c) Appendix A (Environmental Information) has been completely redesigned to address the requirements of the new legislation; and (d) the former Appendix B (CEAA Pre-Screening Checklist) has been removed from the system and is no longer required.
Frequently Asked Questions
Revision: August 16, 2013

The Frequently Asked Questions has been revised to take into account the launch of the Research Portal.
Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships Programs
Revision: March 17, 2014

The Guidelines have been revised.
Policies and Guidelines
Revision: February 26, 2013

The list of policies and guidelines for professors, for students and fellows and for institutions and colleges has been updated and renamed Policies and Guidelines.
Requirements for Certain Types of Research
Revision: August 15, 2013

Text transferred from the Frequently Asked Questions:

Note: You must obtain any required certificates (e.g., involvement of human subjects, animals, etc.) within six months of the award date. The institution will not release the funds to you during this period. The award will be cancelled if the certificate requirements are not met within six months.
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