|Duration||Up to five years|
|Application Deadline||September 1, 2009 (No Preliminary Applications required)|
|How to Apply||See below|
|Application Forms||Form 100
|Active Networks||View Active Networks|
|Program Contact||View Contact Information|
NSERC is instituting a special supplemental Strategic Network Grants (SNG-SC) competition this year as part of its efforts to address priority areas that were identified in the Government of Canada's Budget 2008.
The competition will be open to applications addressing industry priorities in Capture Fisheries (see Target Area below).
Co-applicants from outside the natural sciences and engineering may be incorporated into proposals.
The objective of the Strategic Network Grants Program (SNG) is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within 10 years.
It is expected that this program will:
Strategic Network Grants fund large-scale, multi-disciplinary research projects in targeted research areas that require a network approach and that involve collaboration between academic researchers and Canadian-based organizations. The applicant should be an established researcher with a solid track record in collaborative research, student training and grant management, and who demonstrates the leadership and other skills necessary for managing a complex, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional project.
Strategic Networks may be local, regional or national. Strategic Networks require a minimum of $500,000 and a maximum of $1 million annually from NSERC and are funded for up to five years. These grants are not renewable for a second term.
To be funded, a Strategic Network Grant proposal must meet the following requirements:
The Government of Canada has called for its granting agencies to adopt a more strategic approach and increasingly support multidisciplinary collaborative research to address complex issues and create a real advantage for Canada. The agencies have agreed to collaborate to combine the strengths of various disciplines and achieve the greatest impact.
Consequently, and in recognition that the ability to implement policy or directly apply the research results can depend on socio-economic considerations as well as scientific understanding, applicants are encouraged to collaborate with experts who work in fields other than the natural sciences and engineering, where appropriate. Academic researchers outside the natural sciences and engineering may participate in Strategic Network proposals as co-applicants if they meet NSERC’s eligibility requirements with respect to type, duration and nature of appointment. Research costs for these collaborations may comprise up to 30 percent of the project costs and must be identified in the budget. All project expenditures will be subject to NSERC’s Use of Grant Funds guidelines.
In its efforts to increase the impact of Canadian natural sciences and engineering research within the global research community, NSERC encourages applicants to incorporate international collaborations into their proposals. Current policies enable researchers to interact with foreign colleagues in a variety of ways to enhance the project and increase its impact on international research. Please refer to NSERC’s guidelines on the Use of Grant Funds.
A partner organization:
The network may also include other participants such as non-governmental organizations, government research laboratories, foreign research institutions, venture capitalists, implementation sites or potential customers, but these participants do not qualify as partnering organizations.
Given that interaction between personnel from academic institutions and other sectors contributes to knowledge sharing and the development of highly qualified personnel, NSERC encourages secondments, cross-appointments, co-supervision of students, internships, reciprocal laboratory visits and joint workshops. (For details, see the Policy and Guidelines on the Assessment of Contributions to Research and Training.)
For this 2009 supplemental competition, only applications in the area of enhancing knowledge of aquatic ecosystems health and productivity in relation to the management and operations of the capture fisheries industry will be considered.
Research into the capture fisheries and other human impacts on aquatic ecosystem health and productivity will be the main research theme of the network. The research undertaken, while weighted towards the natural sciences, will also integrate the engineering, management and social sciences, given that an inter-disciplinary approach is required to inform sustainable capture fisheries management decision making.
An important goal for the network is to establish a tradition of academic involvement in applied research in support of capture fisheries priorities. The network will therefore draw on the extensive experience, expertise, data and technology of the fishing industry, government scientists and managers, and fisheries academics to build capacity and forge partnerships among these groups to develop a national capture fisheries sector research capacity. The network will increase research and training and provide information, knowledge and technology that will assist the capture fisheries industry to adapt to change. The understanding and tools developed by this network will have a significant impact on the sustainability and competitiveness of Canada’s capture fisheries industry and provide environmental and socio-economic benefits to all Canadians.
The goals of the network are:
NSERC must receive the full application by the deadline date.
A full application includes:
Please refer to the instructions for completing a Strategic Network application.
Full Proposal Review Procedures
Each Strategic Network proposal is reviewed by external referees, a Site Visit Committee and the Fisheries Industry Selection Committee. The selection committee considers the comments from external referees and the Site Visit Committee report in making funding recommendations to NSERC. Decisions on funding Strategic Network Grants will be made within six months of receipt of the full application.
Strategic Network proposals are evaluated according to the following criteria:
Grantees must submit a mid-term progress report to NSERC, which will be reviewed by members of the original Site Visit Committee and the Fisheries Industry Selection Committee. Continuation of funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress. Partners are required to confirm their commitment to the network annually.
Three months after the completion of network funding, all grantees must submit a final report on the network’s achievements with respect to its objectives. Each partner in the network will be asked to evaluate it. Grantees are informed of the requirements for such reports at the appropriate time.