Isabelle Blain, Vice-President of Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate at NSERC, along with other grants and scholarships representatives, have begun travelling to regions across Canada to engage with researchers, students, administrators and other stakeholders. These Connect with NSERC: Community Engagement Visits will provide our community with an opportunity to share feedback and ask questions about some of NSERCís key activities and programs.
|May 1, 2013||Letters of Intent: Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program|
|May 1, 2013||Letters of Intent: Collaborative and Thematic Resources Support in Mathematics and Statistics (CTRMS) Program|
|May 15, 2013||Digging into Data Challenge|
|June 1, 2013||Preliminary Applications: Strategic Network Grants|
|June 7, 2013||Nomination deadline: E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships|
|June 10, 2013||Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program|
|June 14, 2013||Invitation to Apply: Discovery Frontiers|
|June 21, 2013||Letters of Intent: Automotive Partnership Canada - Canada-Italy Concurrent Call on Automotive Manufacturing R&D|
|August 1, 2013||Notice of Intent: Discovery Grants Program (Individual, Team and Subatomic Physics Project)|
One month into the role of Acting President, Janet Walden is strategically promoting NSERC's investments in people, discovery and innovation. She is also responsible for managing all aspects of the Council's staff and operations, assuming all duties of the President as outlined in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Act.
You may continue to reach the President's Office via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and by telephone at 613-995-5840.
While Janet Walden fulfills the role of Acting President, Barbara Muir will act as Vice-President, Research Partnerships Programs, until July 15, 2013. Pamela Moss will then occupy the role for the remainder of Janet Walden's reassignment.
Full applications for the 2014 Discovery Grants and all Subatomic Physics Grants competition (submissions in Fall 2013) will also use the Research Portal and the NSERC CCV.
We are confident that together, the Research Portal and the CCV will improve the application and peer review processes, and provide students, researchers and partners with a better way to manage their interactions with NSERC. The new portal also:
Other NSERC Programs
Contact the On-line Services Helpdesk by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at 613-995-4273 for support with the Research Portal and/or the NSERC CCV.
We are committed to providing quality service and thank you for your collaboration as we work to modernize our systems. Visit the Research Portal page on NSERCís Web site for more information, including frequently asked questions.
NSERC recently announced both the individual and group winners of the Awards for Science Promotion. Thomas Keenan from the University of Calgary and the Tomatosphere Project were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the promotion of science in Canada through activities encouraging popular interest in science among youth. For more information on the winners, visit the Current Winners 2012 NSERC Awards for Science Promotion page.
As you may know, NSERC has launched the next five-year review of the Discovery Grants (DG) program. To date, we have surveyed DG holders, applicants and highly qualified personnel and have sought input from scientific societies and university administrators across the country. Next steps will include a survey and interviews with Evaluation Group members and chairs, followed by a thorough analysis of data, statistics and bibliometric information. These activities will culminate with a meeting of an international panel of experts to review the findings and with a report on the evaluation in early 2014.
NSERC recently hosted a roundtable discussion with stakeholders from the research community to review the report , the input gathered from the on-line survey and the briefs received from discipline-based groups and other stakeholders. The goal of the roundtable was to provide concrete advice to NSERC relative to key policy issues and questions about allocating the budget of the Discovery Grants program among Evaluation Groups.
NSERC recently released a report on the progress achieved over the last three years by the Strategy for Partnerships and Innovation. To learn more, visit our Strategy for Partnerships Web site.
As you may know, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC have formed a Tri-Agency Harmonization Team to redesign the Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Master's and Doctoral Programs.
The team has been actively engaging stakeholders including deans, students, researchers, research administrators and student liaison officers. It has also been working closely with relevant groups and associations to gather their feedback on plans to harmonize the CGS Program. In fact, a survey geared at research administrators and student liaison officers was recently launched, allowing them to chime in on the design and implementation of a new model for the CGS Program. A summary report of the consultation will be available through our Web site in the spring.
In addition to these outreach activities, the team established an Advisory Committee that will provide advice on issues related to the design and implementation of a new model of delivery for the CGS Program.
If you have not had an opportunity to provide feedback and would like to, we invite you to review the National Consultation Paper, and respond via e-mail to the questions at the bottom of the document. Send us your comments and feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Canada, fewer than 20 percent of mainstream media opinion and editorial articles are penned by women. Print and television mediums are constantly searching for female specialists from various fields of expertise to weigh-in on issues of the day and to put forward considered and scholarly views.
As part of the Maximizing Opportunities for Women Science and Engineering Leaders initiative, NSERC has partnered with op-ed writer and former Editorial Board member Shari Graydon to host a series of one-day, regional workshops that will help women researchers hone their skills and learn how to promote their research to inform and heighten the public dialogue on key issues that affect us all.
The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) has launched a competition for new funding under its innovative Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program. The program funds centres that bridge the challenging gap between innovation and commercialization. CECRs match clusters of research expertise with the business community to share the knowledge and resources that bring innovations to market faster. Notifications of Intent, the first stage of the three-part review process, are due June 14, 2013. Visit the NCE Web site for more information, or contact Danielle Arsenault at Danielle.email@example.com or at 613-947-4501.