NSERC Industrial R&D Fellowship (IRDF) applicants from Newfoundland and Labrador are encouraged to apply for additional support through the Research & Development Corporation (RDC) and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
The purpose of the RDC and ACOA IRDF supplemental support is to attract and develop the world-class talent required to drive innovation and R&D in Newfoundland and Labrador’s research-performing industrial organizations. These supplements represent a strategic investment by RDC and ACOA in the highly qualified people required by industry.
Applicants from Newfoundland and Labrador, and their host organizations, who are eligible for NSERC’s Industrial R&D Fellowships can apply for supplemental support from ACOA and/or the RDC.
Supplemental support from the RDC and ACOA provide direct salary support to high-calibre doctoral graduates taking up industrial postdoctoral fellowship positions.
RDC: $30,000/year for up to two years
ACOA: Varies, provided that the total funding from all government sources does not exceed 75 percent of the eligible project costs.
Applications from Newfoundland and Labrador for RDC and ACOA support will be considered concurrently with an NSERC IRDF application.
The RDC requires applicants to complete a supplemental information sheet that can be included with the NSERC IRDF application.
To be eligible for supplemental funding from the RDC, all IRDF applicants from Newfoundland and Labrador are required to attach a signed letter to their application that provides NSERC with permission to share their application package, all related documentation, and evaluation results with the RDC.
In addition to the standard application forms and requirements under its Business Development Program (BDP), ACOA requires applicants to provide a letter to their Newfoundland and Labrador office. This letter outlines the host organization’s contributions (salary and benefits) to the IRDF award, so that potential ACOA contributions can be determined. Note: ACOA’s investment varies, provided that total funding from all government sources does not exceed 75 percent of the eligible project costs.
Following NSERC’s peer review of the application, the RDC and ACOA will consider supporting applications based on the guidelines of their respective programs, with the final decision being communicated to the applicant and host organization.
If jointly approved, all three organizations will make independent arrangements to communicate their commitment to the host organization and applicant in support of the IRDF award.
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
John Cabot Building, 11th Floor
10 Barter’s Hill
P.O. Box 1060, Station C
St. John’s, NL
A1C 5M5 (courier address use: A1C 6M1)
Tel.: 1-800-668-1010 or 709-772-2751
Web site: www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca