NSERC is hitting the road for another round of community engagement visits to provide researchers, students and other stakeholders an opportunity to connect with us to learn more about some recent program and policy developments. These visits also serve as a platform for the community to ask questions and seek more information from some of NSERC's grants and scholarships experts.
Some of the topics that will be discussed include:
Note: Institutions may have an earlier deadline in order to forward applications by NSERC's deadline.
|June 2, 2014||Preliminary Applications: Strategic Network Grants|
|June 10, 2014||Application Deadline: Canada Graduate Scholarships — Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program|
|August 1, 2014||Letter of Intent: Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants Applications (Individual, Team, Project)
Letter of Intent: Subatomic Physics Team and Project Discovery Grants Applications requesting $500,000 or more per year
Letter of Intent: Discovery Grants (Individual, Team)
Letter of Intent: Subatomic Physics Major Resources Support
Letter of Intent: Subatomic Physics Research Tools & Instruments Applications, Categories 2 and 3
|September 1, 2014||Nominations: NSERC Awards for Science Promotion|
|September 1, 2014||Application: Ship Time Program|
|September 15, 2014||Applications: PromoScience|
|September 22, 2014||Application: Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) initiatives|
|October 1, 2014||Application: Subatomic Physics Team and Project Discovery Grants Applications requesting $500,000 or more per year
Application: Subatomic Physics Major Resources Support
Application: Subatomic Physics Research Tools & Instruments Applications, Category 2 and 3
|October 2, 2014||Nominations: Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program|
|October 10, 2014||Application Deadline: Canada Graduate Scholarships — Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program - A Tri-Agency program|
|October 15, 2014||Application Deadline: Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Application Deadline: NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Application Deadline: Postdoctoral Fellowships Program|
|October 25, 2014||Application: Research Tools and Instruments Grants, Category 1
Application: Subatomic Physics Research Tools & Instruments (SAP-RTI) Applications, Category 1
|November 1, 2014||Application: Discovery Grants (Individual, Team)
Application: Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants Applications (Individual, Team, Project)
Application: Discovery Grants - Northern Research Supplements
|December 1, 2014||Application Deadline: Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's Program|
|Deadline set by University||Application Deadline: Undergraduate Student Research Awards Application Deadline: Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships Program|
Last fall, NSERC and SSHRC held an online consultation on a Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy. We received 201 submissions from various individuals and groups from the research community, scholarly associations, non-governmental organizations, publishers and journals. A summary of the consultation findings will soon be available on our website.
We would like to thank everyone who provided their feedback. It will be instrumental in shaping the new policy and its implementation. NSERC anticipates announcing the final version of the Open Access policy in fall 2014.
As you know, NSERC and SSHRC continue to transition from our legacy, form-based systems to a new online application platform, the Research Portal, and the Common CV (CCV). Since its launch, over 12,000 applications have been submitted through the Research Portal, and the CCV now includes more than 130,000 users, with over 25,000 added in the last year alone.
We are committed to continuously improving these systems in response to the feedback we receive from the research community. Here are some examples of what we've addressed so far:
Here are some of the enhancements to the systems that are planned for the near future:
We will continue to advise the research community of upcoming enhancements and the implementation schedule for other grants and scholarships programs. In the meantime, we invite you to take part in a series of webinars we will be hosting to walk users through the Research Portal and the NSERC CCV, and to provide practical tips for using the new systems.
The Research Portal is now open for the Notification of Intent for Subatomic Physics Grants and Discovery Grants.
The five-year evaluation of the Discovery Grants Program has reached a major milestone. A report summarizing the findings will soon be available on our website along with NSERC's perspective on the recommendations from the International Review Committee.
The overall conclusion is that the Discovery Grants Program is high performing, relevant and efficient. The report also signals that the revised peer review process should be maintained with some refinements.
We are pleased to welcome Ed H. Kustan and John Athol Meech as the newest members of NSERC's Council. Both members were appointed for a three-year term on April 10, 2014.
Collectively, NSERC Council members represent the academic research and private sector communities in the natural sciences and engineering, as well as other stakeholder groups in the Canadian innovation system. They work to advance Canada's research and development agenda and to achieve the maximum strategic impact from the investments made by the Government of Canada.
If you are a female scientist or engineer in Quebec or British Columbia who would like to share your passion for the sciences, connect with and mentor youth, and be part of a team of five dedicated female academics, consider becoming an NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering.
Since 1996, the Chairs have helped increase the participation of women in science and engineering, and provided role models for young women active in and considering careers in these fields.
Nominations are welcome from any Canadian university located in Quebec and British Columbia. Joint proposals from two or more institutions located within these provinces are welcome. Chair candidates must either hold a current NSERC Discovery Grant or be awarded one prior to taking up the chair.
Applications are due to NSERC by October 2, 2014.
To learn more, please visit the Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program.
Data: New Ways of Seeing the World, which features the work of Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale of the University of Calgary and Dr. Lyn Bartram of Simon Fraser University, was unveiled at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in April. The exhibit explores how NSERC-funded research in data visualization is making information more accessible and easier to understand.
In 2013, NSERC's Corporate Internal Audit Division conducted an audit of NSERC's Appeals Process and made six recommendations. The Audit of the Appeals Process report and the management response are available on the Internal Audits page. In response to this audit, and to align more closely with CIHR and SSHRC, the Appeals Process was reviewed and revised. The description of the process has been updated.
Canada's four federal research funding organizations—CFI, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC—have updated their harmonized Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations, and the corresponding Agreements. The funding organizations now require that individuals under investigation for a breach of agency policy at any of the four organizations must temporarily withdraw from participation in, and decline invitations for, any organization review processes.
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