Any researcher who is eligible to apply for and hold NSERC funding. See Eligibility Criteria for Faculty.
Research facilities must provide support to a regional or national base of users in the natural sciences and engineering and may include:
Please note that a facility cannot be supported by this funding opportunity if it is also supported through the Major Science Initiatives Fund of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
Awards can be made for up to $150,000/year for one or tw years.
The budget planned for this funding opportunity is $2 million for a total of 10 to 20 awards.
The number of applications for Operations and Maintenance Support for Research Equipment is not restricted by university quotas set by NSERC.
Researchers can apply for both types of grants in the same year.
There is no requirement that grants are to support equipment funded by NSERC. See question 2 above for a description of the types of facilities that can be supported.
Although this opportunity is part of the Research Tools and Instruments program and you must select ‘Research Tools and Instruments’ when creating your application in the Research Portal, it is very important to follow the specific instructions for Operations and Maintenance Support for Research Equipment.
9. When creating an application in the Research Portal, how should a researcher identify to NSERC that they are submitting an application for Operations and Maintenance Support for Research Equipment?
In the Identification page of the application, the application title must begin with ‘Operations and Maintenance Support’.
Applications are assessed by a multi-disciplinary committee and selecting the evaluation group that best fits your research discipline assists NSERC in assigning applications to the appropriate committee members for review.
The Proposed Expenditures page includes fields for only one year. If your request is for 2 years of support, the amounts entered into the page should represent half of the total amount requested from NSERC over the 2 years. A detailed explanation must be provided in the Budget Justification attachment indicating the actual breakdown of the budget for each of the 2 years.
In all cases, you must provide the budget breakdown for Year 1 and Year 2 in the Budget Justification attachment.
All co-applicants are major users of the facility but not all major users need to be co-applicants. The group of co-applicants can be a subset of the major users. Information regarding major users can be provided in the Proposal attachment. However, all co-applicants must submit their Canadian Common CV (CCV) as part of the application. The layout of the application, the use of the available space, and the decision on whether to include a user as a co-applicant is left up to the applicant. It is important to note that all co-applicants must be eligible for NSERC funding. Refer to NSERC’s Eligibility Criteria for Faculty.
There is no typical number of co-applicants. However, the maximum number of co-applicants is 10. NSERC recognizes that not all facilities are the same and that the profile of applicants and co-applicants will vary accordingly.
The information collected under Relationship to Other Research Support is meant to determine if there is any overlap of financial support for the operations and maintenance of the facility. The principal applicant provides this information so there is no need for the co-applicants to duplicate the effort. In order to validate and save this page, the co-applicants must write N/A in the text box.
Only the Proposal and the Budget Justification should be attached to the application. These are required and the application cannot be submitted without them. If any additional files are included, they will be removed. Although Quotation 1, Quotation 2 and Confirmation of Financial Contribution are listed as Document Types, they are only used for the Research Tools and Instruments applications.
Applications for Operations and Maintenance Support for Research Equipment are reviewed by experts on a single multi-disciplinary Selection Committee using the following four selection criteria:
NSERC notifies applicants shortly after a final decision has been made. See Application Deadlines and Notification of Decision. Competition results and a list of ongoing instalments are also made available to the institution’s Research Grants Officer and Business Officer. Results are also posted on NSERC’s website either after a formal announcement has been made or as part of the annual financial reporting. The results of competitions with deadlines are made available to the institutions’ research grants office first, so applicants can also inquire there.
Should you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please email NSERC at COORD@nserc-crsng.gc.ca