NSERC Industrial R&D Fellowship (IRDF) applicants from Ontario are encouraged to apply for additional support through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
|Application Deadline||May 31, 2012|
To request an Ontario Centres of Excellence Eligibility Form, contact your OCE Business Development Manager.To create or access an application, select On-line System Login. To view forms and instructions, select PDF Forms and Instructions.
|How to Apply||See below|
Recognizing the need to invest in the development of highly qualified people, the OCE is building on existing NSERC programs to enable small and medium-sized companies to enhance their research and development (R&D) capacity. Through IRDF, the OCE has developed a partnership with NSERC to enable its industrial research collaborators to hire recent PhD graduates in support of R&D—a key driver behind innovation and the commercialization of new products, services and processes.
Applicants from Ontario, and their host organizations, who are eligible for an NSERC IRDF may also be eligible for additional support from the OCE. Preference for the additional OCE support will be given to applicants who have worked on an OCE-funded research project.
NSERC does not support clinical and health research. Research activities proposed for the IRDF must contribute to furthering the knowledge in the natural sciences or engineering. More information is available on the science.gc.ca Web site.To hold this supplement, you must:
The host organization must:
Supplemental support from the OCE provides direct salary support to high-calibre doctoral graduates taking up industrial postdoctoral fellowship positions.
The number of fellowships available under the OCE IRDF Supplement is limited.
Through the NSERC-OCE partnership, a Fellow is eligible for a maximum salary of $75,000 per year for a two-year period. The organization will be responsible to submit invoices three times per year to NSERC and OCE (if applicable) for their contribution to the salary of the intern.
The following illustrates the program funding model:
Applicants must first contact their OCE Business Development Manager who will provide an Ontario Centres of Excellence Eligibility Form. This form is submitted as part of the total NSERC IRDF application package (Forms 200 and 183C). Supplement review and approval is independent of NSERC and subject to the OCE’s internal process. All OCE IRDF Supplement applicants must attach a signed letter to their NSERC application package that provides NSERC with permission to share their application, all related documentation, and evaluation results with the OCE.
Note: If OCE supplemental funding is rejected, the application may still receive IRDF funding from NSERC.
The host organization must have completed a Form 183B. Refer to the Guidelines for Organizations Participating in NSERC Industrial Training Programs.
In parallel with NSERC’s peer review of the application, the OCE will conduct its independent review of the application for supplemental funding. Final decisions on complete submissions will be communicated to the applicant and host organization in July 2012.
If jointly approved, both organizations will make independent arrangements to communicate their commitment to the host organization and applicant in support of the IRDF award and OCE supplement.
Program Development Manager
Funders and Programs
Ontario Centres of Excellence
Tel.: 613-726-3420, ext. 4223; or 866-759-6014, ext. 4223