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Fact Sheet

Research Portal

  • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), in collaboration with the This link will take you to another Web site Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), is developing a Research Portal that will provide a single point of entry for applicants, reviewers, committee members, institutions and partners.
  • The Research Portal will be used to manage application and peer review processes, acceptance of awards, notification of results and reporting.
  • It will significantly improve the application and grants management process for applicants, sponsors and referees.
  • It will comply with Government of Canada standards for accessibility, usability, and interoperability.
  • It will be based on a proven software platform configured to NSERCís needs.

Canadian Common CV (CCV)

  • The This link will take you to another Web site Canadian Common CV (CCV) allows researchers to maintain their CV data in a single repository and use it to apply to 22 different funding organizations across Canada, including the tri-agencies and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
  • The CCV is a web-based application that provides researchers with a single, common approach to gathering CV information required by a network of federal, provincial and not-for-profit research funding organizations. NSERC is working to facilitate the use of the new CCV for NSERCís community.
  • To facilitate future convenience and benefit for applicants, reviewers and funding agencies, the NSERC CCV will require that all information, including publications, be entered directly into the CCV using separate data fields. As such, it will not allow the attachment of PDF files.
  • We encourage applicants to allow ample time to familiarize themselves and enter their data in the NSERC CCV upon its release in spring 2013 as it can be time consuming to populate the fields the first time. Once data is entered, only updating is required, and it can be re-used for future applications to NSERC and/or other participating organizations. For these reasons, the CCV will lighten the load on the research community in the long run.

Joint Launch

  • The Research Portal and the CCV are two separate systems, which NSERC will adopt concurrently.
  • The Research Portal and the CCV will have separate portals, each of which will require creation and setup of a user account.

Implementation Timeline

  • Beginning in spring 2013, NSERC will phase-in the Research Portal and the CCV starting with Discovery Grants (Individual and Team) and all the program elements for the Subatomic Physics Grants suite, followed by Collaborative Research and Development Grants.
  • As of spring 2013, researchers and institutional administrators will use the Research Portal and the CCV to apply to the aforementioned programs and review/approve applications.
  • The NSERC CCV will be available in spring 2013.
  • All other funding opportunities will continue to use the current on-line system and the NSERC Personal Data Form (Form 100) until they are migrated to the Research Portal.
  • All NSERC funding opportunities are expected to be integrated by late 2015. In the meantime, applicants to multiple NSERC programs will need to maintain and update both their NSERC Personal Data Form (Form 100) and NSERC CCV, given the gradual migration of programs to the Research Portal.