To assist institutions in the transition to the Research Portal and the Canadian Common CV, the Research Portal page provides information on new functionality that allows university and college research administrators to browse, approve and forward grant applications to the agency. This functionality is now available for the Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants Program and the Discovery Grants Program.
Each institution will identify a "master" or primary research administrator responsible for assigning privileges in the Research Portal to other administrators at their institution based on their role. Master research administrators requiring full access privileges must first register by submitting the registration form and reading the instructions before using the Research Portal.
NSERC recently hosted more webinars on the Research Portal and the CCV to assist the research community in preparing and submitting applications for Discovery Grants and Subatomic Physics Grants. To date, over 1,300 members of the research community have benefited from these sessions. We hosted Research Portal webinars on October 7 and 8 to provide additional support to university research administrators with approving and submitting funding applications.
In addition, a series of tutorial videos to assist researchers in completing full Discovery Grant applications is now available on NSERC's Web site.
NSERC welcomes continued feedback on ways we can improve the NSERC version of the CCV and will continue in our commitment to assist the community in transitioning to the new systems. We thank you for your participation and valuable input to date, and invite you to consult the updated Frequently Asked Questions to find answers to the most common questions.
If you encounter problems using the systems, contact On-line Services.
The application submission period for Discovery Grants (individual and team) and Subatomic Physics Grants (individual, team, project, research tools and equipment, and major resources) is currently underway through the new Research Portal and the CCV. The application deadlines are highlighted below.
Note: institutions may have an earlier deadline in order to forward applications by NSERC's deadline.
|October 15||Applications: Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships - Doctoral
Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
Applications: Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program (Category 1)
Applications (if invited): Collaborative and Thematic Resources Support in Mathematics and Statistics Program
|November 15||Applications (if invited): Discovery Frontiers Call for Proposals: Advancing Big Data Science in Genomics Research|
|December 1||Applications: Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program|
You may recall that earlier this year, NSERC representatives visited campuses across Canada to seek input from the research community on a variety of topics related to grants, scholarships and fellowships. In total, we hosted 13 visits and met with more than 1,200 researchers, administrators, students and others. Key topics covered at the visits included:
NSERC appreciated the turnout and feedback received from the community on key activities and programs. We have found the advice and insight provided at these sessions extremely helpful and have implemented a number of changes in our efforts to meet the needs of the community. We also plan on hosting further visits early next year. In the meantime, visit Connect with NSERC to learn more about how we're reaching out to you for feedback, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The five-year evaluation of the Discovery Grants Program is well underway and aims to assess the extent to which three key objectives are being met in light of changes made to the peer review process:
Using the results from surveys, consultations, interviews, bibliometric data analysis and other resources, members of the International Review Committee on the Discovery Grants Program held their first meeting in July to review the findings.
At the recent meeting of the International Review Committee on the Discovery Grants Program, members reviewed a preliminary report of findings and finalized their conclusions and recommendations. Those were then presented to NSERC's Committee on Grants and Scholarships (COGS) for input and will be discussed further at the COGS meeting in November. We invite the research community to stay tuned to learn more about upcoming activities on the evaluation, or to e-mail us at email@example.com with any questions.
Thanks in large part to the guidance and expertise of some of Canada's student liaison officers, the Research Portal and Common CV template for the newly harmonized Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) - Master's Program are now available. Applicants can now access the application form and instructions. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2013. For more information about the newly harmonized program, visit the Tri-Agency Harmonization of the Canada Graduate Scholarships Web page.
Making research results as widely available and accessible as possible is an essential part of advancing knowledge and maximizing the benefits of publicly funded research for Canadians. In keeping with global trends, NSERC has been working in partnership with SSHRC and CIHR to develop a harmonized policy on access to research publications. This month, NSERC and SSHRC will launch an online consultation to seek feedback from the research community on a draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy. The CIHR Open Access Policy remains unchanged and continues to be mandatory. Please visit the Open Access page between October 15 and December 13 to view the draft policy and to obtain instructions on how to submit your feedback.
As you know, NSERC and its counterpart science and engineering funding agencies are uniting to support the first Gender Summit to take place in North America. It will be held November 13 to 15, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
Participate in important conversations and network with researchers, policy makers, and STEM stakeholders. Space is limited so make sure to register to attend the summit today!
Preparing for a site visit review for that large NSERC grant? NSERC's new video, Putting Your Best Foot Forward: How to Prepare for a Successful NSERC Site Visit is designed to help you and your team prepare a successful site visit.
This video includes insights from experienced NSERC-funded researchers, senior university and college administrators and industrial partners who participate in site visits and from experienced Site Visit Committee members and Chairs. Topics covered include:
NSERC's Awards Database (formerly known as the Awards Search Engine) is getting a makeover. New features will include a more user-friendly interface and improved search capabilities. The Awards Database is an online searchable resource featuring all of NSERC's awards and funding results since 1991. Users can search for results in multiple ways, including by researcher, institution, region and research area. The revamped database will be updated with competition results for 2012-13 and will be available on October 10.
NSERC has joined LinkedIn to communicate more effectively with the research community. Connect with us through our LinkedIn page.