As of December 1, 2012, not-for-profit organizations will no longer be eligible to host Industrial R&D Fellowships.
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Although this section is intended for potential applicants, it also provides important information for potential host organizations that want to nominate postdoctoral fellows for Industrial R&D Fellowships (IRDFs).
The IRDF provides financial support to enable the most promising recent doctoral graduates to engage in research and development in the private sector. The objectives of this fellowship are as follows:
By placing highly qualified personnel in Canadian organizations, these fellowships promote the development of their long-term research capacity (especially in small- and medium-sized organizations).
IRDFs are intended for recent doctoral graduates seeking employment in the Canadian private sector for the first time. To be nominated for a fellowship, you must:
You are not eligible if:
Note: If you have submitted your doctoral thesis, you may accept a short-term employment contract of up to six months with your nominating organization while waiting for a decision from NSERC on your fellowship application. This contract must state that subsequent employment is conditional on your receiving an Industrial R&D Fellowship. However, if the application is not recommended for an award, you may not be eligible to apply again if you have accumulated more than six months of industrial experience. It is therefore recommended that you accept a temporary contract only if necessary and that the period of the contract be kept as short as possible.
The IRDF provides support for two years. Support for the second year will be subject to:
You may hold your fellowship within the Canadian-based research facilities of any Canadian private-sector organization eligible to host an IRDF. You may not hold your IRDF outside Canada.
Host organizations must have completed an Application (new or renewal) for Eligibility of Organizations to Participate in NSERC's IRDF Program, IPS Program and Industrial USRA Program (Form 183B) within the past three years. A separate Form 183B must be completed for each individual subsidiary, branch, division or location of the organization wanting to host a student or fellow. For further information, see the Guidelines for Organizations Participating in NSERC Industrial Training Programs.
IRDF candidates must take up their fellowship within three months of its being offered to them and must not have worked for more than six months in a temporary position with the same organization when they take up the award.
As a fellow, your salary will be at least $40,000 per year. The average annual salary offered to successful applicants last year was approximately $57,000.
The nominating organization is responsible for the administration of the fellowship, and NSERC will forward its contribution to the organization. NSERC's contribution towards the fellow's salary is $30,000 per year for two years. The organization supplements NSERC's contribution, and this supplement should amount to at least $10,000 per year. If, for any reason, your tenure is less than 24 months, NSERC will prorate its contribution to the amount of time you spent with the organization. If organizations other than the one that is nominating you will be contributing towards your salary, these contributions must also be paid through the host organization as part of your total salary. The nominating organization must also provide you with fringe benefits comparable to those of other employees in the organization.
Note: It is up to you to negotiate your salary and fringe benefits with the organization.
If you would like to be nominated for an Industrial R&D Fellowship, you must first contact an organization that is willing to nominate you. You and the organization must negotiate the details of your research project and position. The organization will then submit your nomination to NSERC.
The nomination must include the original of each of the following:
If more than one organization is nominating you, you must submit separate applications and supporting documents to each organization.
NSERC IRDF support is limited to one two-year award per nominee.
There is no limit to the number of nominations that an individual organization may make. However, the total number of awards that NSERC will make, as well as the number of awards held in a given organization, may be limited each year. NSERC does not reserve a quota of positions for specific research disciplines.
Two members of the NSERC IRDF College of Reviewers, composed of federal government employees from departments and agencies with an interest in research and development, will review each nomination. Members may also confer with other federal government colleagues with expertise in areas addressed by specific applications. If the nominating organization does not wish certain individuals or groups to see the proposal, it should clearly identify them in a covering letter.
The members separately assess the merit of the candidate and the merit of the research proposal. To be successful, both the applicant and the research proposal must be meritorious.
The members evaluate applicants based on the following criteria (their relative weighting is in parentheses):
The reviewers evaluate the research proposal based on the following criteria:
Proposed research and development activities. This includes:
The match between the applicant’s background and the proposed research project will also be evaluated.
The candidates may spend up to 50 percent of their time on technology transfer activities. Such activities would enable the evaluation and ultimately the acquisition of external technologies which are not currently used by the organization. These technologies may come from Canadian or foreign sources (public or private). It is expected that the nominating organization would further develop the technology into new products, processes, materials, or services for its own benefit. The proposal must demonstrate clearly the expected benefits to the nominating organization of acquiring such technologies and detail its impact on the Canadian economy either through increasing competitiveness, reducing costs or creating jobs. In such cases, the IRDF proposal will also be evaluated on its potential to acquire new or unique technology, and on the benefits to the IRDF candidate in terms of developing expertise and skills.
It should be noted that where the nominating organization has participated previously in the IRDF, the experience gained by the fellows during tenure of their awards and past success in integrating previous fellows into the regular staff of the organization upon the expiration of the awards, will also be considered by the College of Reviewers.
If NSERC rejects your nomination for a fellowship on the basis of your merit and past record, it is strongly recommended that you wait for one year before you reapply either with the same organization or a different one. You may reapply only once, provided you continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
If NSERC rejects the nomination for a fellowship due to an inadequate project or project description submitted by the organization, the nomination may be resubmitted by the same organization within one year, as long as the project or project description is revised. Only one resubmission from the same organization will be permitted. However, you may be nominated by a different organization within the following two years as a pre-approved candidate, provided that you continue to meet all eligibility criteria. If you are nominated after that two-year period, your qualifications will have to be re-evaluated.
NSERC will inform organizations of the results, usually within six weeks of receiving the complete application.
Note that NSERC's Intellectual Property Policy does not apply to IRDFs.
Refer to the IRDF Award Holder’s Guide for regulations about holding the award (e.g., the start date, deferment, holidays and leave).