From Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 15, 2016, Canadians across the country took part in Science Odyssey, a ten-day national celebration of science and technology. The event was a huge success, involving 350 partners hosting over 600 events in 220 locations.
NSERC is proud to lead the charge on Science Odyssey, and we look forward to putting on an even larger celebration for Canada’s 150th, May 12 to 21, 2017.
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|June 7, 2016||Call for Nominations for E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship|
|June 10, 2016||Applications: Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements|
|August 1, 2016||Notification of Intention to Apply for a Discovery grant or a Subatomic Physics grant|
|September 1, 2016||Applications: Ship Time grants|
|September 1, 2016||Call for Nominations for the NSERC Award for Science Promotion|
|September 15, 2016||Applications: PromoScience grants|
|September 22, 2016||Applications: CREATE grants (upon invitation only)|
|October 1, 2016||Applications: Subatomic Physics Project Discovery Grant applications requesting $500,000 or more per year|
|October 1, 2016||Applications: Subatomic Physics Major Resources Support grants|
|October 10, 2016||Applications: Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements|
|October 15, 2016||Applications: Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral for applicants applying directly to NSERC|
|October 15, 2016||Applications: NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral for applicants applying directly to NSERC|
|October 15, 2016||Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowships Program|
|October 25, 2016||Applications: Research Tools and Instruments grants and Subatomic Physics grants|
|November 1, 2016||Applications: Discovery grants, Subatomic Physics grants, and Northern Research Supplements|
|December 1, 2016||Applications: Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program|
The NSERC Awards for Science Promotion honour individuals and groups who make outstanding contributions to the promotion of science and engineering to the general public. This year’s recipients are Colonel Chris Hadfield, one of Canada’s most accomplished astronauts, and Elephant Thoughts Educational Outreach, Canada's largest science outreach program. Congratulations to our awardees!
On May 6, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, along with NSERC President Dr. B Mario Pinto, announced $4.8 million for 43 recipients through NSERC’s PromoScience Program. PromoScience provides funding to programs and organizations to support youth engagement in science.
Learn more about how NSERC is supporting science outreach on our new PromoScience page.
On March 22, Budget 2016, Growing the Middle Class, was tabled in the House of Commons. Budget 2016 proposes to provide an additional $95 million per year, starting in 2016–17, on an ongoing basis to the granting councils. Of this total, $30 million annually is proposed for NSERC.
On April 14, 2016, NSERC announced $21.4 million in funding for 13 new projects under the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program. This year's CREATE teams cover a wide variety of research areas, including hybrid electric cars, aerospace and planetary science, optics, computer gaming and more.
NSERC is launching a review of how new Discovery research funds are allocated among the various natural sciences and engineering disciplines in Canada. An international Advisory Committee will provide advice and recommendations to NSERC on the principles to be used in guiding allocation decisions.
For more information, visit NSERC's website.
NSERC is pleased to collaborate with Mitacs on joint applications that support projects eligible for the Collaborative Research and Development Grant (CRD) or Engage grant and for a Mitacs Accelerate internship.
NSERC CREATE applicants are also encouraged to take advantage of Mitacs programs that support internships in industry to increase the number of trainees in their proposals.
NSERC is pleased to announce a new pilot option as part of its maternity and parental leave policy. Under this option, holders of a Discovery Grant or Discovery Development Grant may extend the duration of their funding when they become eligible for leave but decline it.
As a result of extensive consultations with the community on NSERC 2020, NSERC will be adding a Letter of Intent (LOI) phase to the application process for the Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects, starting with the 2017 competition cycle.
NSERC is currently developing the necessary framework for a fall launch of the LOI process for the 2017 competition. Please refer to NSERC’s website periodically for updates.
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The Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research held its first consultation on proposed changes to the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR Framework) from January 8, 2016 to April 8, 2016. Twenty-four sets of consultation comments have been posted online to promote the transparency of this public engagement process.
The 6th Global Research Council Annual Meeting will be held in Ottawa from May 29 to 31, 2017, and will bring together close to 70 heads of science and engineering granting agencies from around the world. This event will be co-hosted with the National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (in Spanish) of Peru and will be organized in partnership with the International Development Research Centre of Canada.
From November 6 to the 8, 2017, Montréal will welcome the Gender Summit North America 2017, coinciding with the city’s 375th anniversary. NSERC is organizing this international event in partnership with the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, Santé and Société et culture (In French only). The Summit will gather close to 600 advocates of gender equality who will discuss the theme of "Pluralism, Ethnicity & Inclusion – Canadian Values in a Global Context."
The public has voted, the judges’ scores have been tallied and the results are in. The 15 winners of NSERC’s Science, Action! video contest have been revealed.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
We encourage students to film their research activities over the summer in preparation for the third installment of the Science, Action! video contest being planned for early 2017.
Three outstanding NSERC supported researchers will be among the 400 aspiring young researchers from around the world who will spend a week with 30 Nobel Laureates at the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany from June 26 to July 1, 2016.
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