The RTI program description and the instructions on how to complete an application will be updated in August 2013.
Preferred Option for Future of the Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program
As you know, NSERC recently conducted extensive consultations with the research community on the future of the Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program, given its reduced funding envelope. Feedback received through these consultations highlighted a preference for Option 2 - a smaller scale competition where universities will be provided with a quota of applications that they can submit to national competitions conducted by NSERC.
|Awards Available||Research Tools and Instruments – Category 1
(All disciplines that come under the Evaluation Groups)
Research Tools and Instruments – Category 2
(Subatomic Physics only)
Research Tools and Instruments – Category 3
(Subatomic Physics only)
|Application Deadline||October 25 (Category 1)
October 1 (Categories 2 and 3)
|How to Apply||See below|
|Contact||View the Contact Information|
Note: This program is intended for university researchers. College researchers should apply to the College and Community Innovation Program Applied Research Tools and Instruments Grants.
Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment and installations.
RTI Grants are one-year awards that assist buying or developing research equipment that costs more than $7,000. In exceptional cases, multiple-year requests will be accepted. The onus is on the applicant to clearly explain the rationale. While the RTI Grants Program provides the primary avenue through which to obtain support for tools and instruments costing more than $7,000, equipment of any value can be purchased using a Discovery Grant.
RTI grants are divided into three categories, according to the total net cost of the equipment, i.e., excluding taxes, shipping and handling. These categories are:
NSERC will accept applications under Category 1 for equipment whose total net cost is up to $250,000, provided that the applicant is able to secure funding from other sources to bring the amount requested from NSERC to $150,000 or less. This funding must be in place and confirmed at the time that the application is submitted. Such sources may include contributions from NSERC Discovery Grants held by the applicant or co-applicants. The use of other types of NSERC grants is permitted, provided that prior written authorization is obtained from NSERC.
NSERC will pay some or all of applicable taxes, as well as some or all of the shipping and handling expenses, as long as the overall grant does not exceed $150,000. The applicant will be responsible for any amount in excess of $150,000.
RTI grants must be used only to purchase the specific type of equipment for which the grant was awarded. Grantees who wish to purchase equipment different from that specified in the application must obtain written permission from NSERC prior to its purchase. Grantees may, however, buy a model different from that requested in the application without prior NSERC approval.
NSERC will only accept applications for equipment that is purchased after the application deadline. All applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. Grantees should explore all possible avenues with the institution to cover the cost of equipment that is purchased before the application deadline (refer to the paragraph on Residual Balances in Agency Accounts under Administrative Matters in the Financial Administration section of the Program Guide for Professors).
To apply, submit an Application for a Grant (Form 101) and a Personal Data Form (Form 100) for the applicant and each co-applicant.
NOTE: Researchers can apply for only one RTI Grant at a time, either as an applicant or a co‑applicant, but not as both. This requirement does not apply to Subatomic Physics applicants as their grant applications are reviewed and supported through a different multi-program envelope.
Only applications from applicants and co-applicants who currently hold or are applying for an NSERC research grant (e.g., Discovery, Strategic, Research Partnership, Canada Research Chairs) at the time of application will be accepted.
For all RTI categories, if a cash contribution towards the purchase of the equipment is provided by an organization (other than the applicant's institution), a letter is required from the organization confirming this commitment.
A letter from the department must accompany every RTI Category 2 or Category 3 grant application (Subatomic Physics only). The letter must indicate the importance and priority that the department places on the proposed equipment and the extent to which the department proposes to provide support.
Applications for RTI Category 3 grants (Subatomic Physics only) must be accompanied by a letter from the university president indicating the importance and priority placed on the proposed equipment or facilities. The letter should explain the extent to which the university will provide support, such as the provision of space, financial contributions to the purchase and installation, the purchase of ancillary equipment, funding of technical support staff, etc.
Letters from supporting organizations, if submitted, should clearly explain the support that the organizations will provide, such as their involvement in the research, their financial contribution (cash or in-kind) to the purchase and installation of the equipment, etc.
Applications for RTI Category 1 grants are reviewed by experts that are drawn from NSERCs Evaluation Groups. In the case of Subatomic Physics, all RTI grant applications (Categories 1, 2, and 3) are reviewed by the Subatomic Physics Section. External reviewers may be consulted and site visit committees may be appointed for RTI Category 3 applications.
Criteria for review are as follows:
Additional criteria for RTI Categories 2 and 3 grant applications (Subatomic Physics only) are as follows:
For more information on eligible expenses under the RTI program, see the instructions on how to complete an RTI application.