Alliance Missions grants

Call for proposals: Anthropogenic greenhouse gas research

Review of your application

You must submit the LOI and the full application by the deadline dates. NSERC will screen all LOIs and full applications to ensure they are complete and adhere to program requirements and objectives. If your LOI or full application does not meet all program requirements, it will be rejected.

A multidisciplinary selection committee from academic and non-academic organizations (such as private-sector, public-sector or not-for-profit organizations) will review the applications. The members may be informed in their assessment by reports from external reviewers. NSERC reserves the right to select the most appropriate review process.

Merit evaluation criteria

The merit of your application is evaluated using the following four equally weighted criteria. The proposal must address all the listed points (criteria and sub-criteria) to be considered for funding.

Relevance and outcomes

  • Significance of the intended outcomes and of the economic, social and/or environmental benefits for Canada
  • Originality of the research to address the topic and the potential for generating new scientific knowledge
  • Extent to which the strategy to apply the research results is likely to achieve the intended outcomes


  • Appropriateness of the partnership to achieve the intended outcomes; leveraging of different types of partner organizations and the integration of their unique perspectives and knowledge in the project, as appropriate
  • Clarity of each partner organization's role in the collaboration with respect to defining the challenge, co-designing and implementing the research, and using the results to achieve the desired outcomes
  • Appropriateness of the level of in-kind contributions from each partner organization

Quality of the proposal

  • Clarity of the objectives and deliverables; appropriateness of the scope and size of planned activities to achieve the expected outcomes; justification for the planned expenditures
  • Appropriateness of the identified indicators and methods for monitoring progress during the project and for assessing outcomes after the project
  • Appropriateness of academic researchers' expertise, and that found within the partner organizations, both for carrying out the planned research activities and in mentoring trainees


  • Opportunities for enriched training experiences for research trainees (undergraduates, graduates, postdoctoral fellows) to develop relevant research skills as well as professional skills such as leadership, communication, collaboration and entrepreneurship
  • Consideration of equity, diversity and inclusion in the training plan (for guidance, consult the Equity, diversity and inclusion in your training plan document)

Since cash contributions from partner organizations are not required, they are not taken into account when assessing the appropriateness of the level of contributions from each partner organization. Only in-kind contributions are taken into consideration.

The following merit indicators will be used to rate each criterion individually.

The proposed application is

  1. outstanding in all elements listed for the criterion
  2. excellent in most elements listed for the criterion and very strong in all
  3. very strong in most elements listed for the criterion and strong in all
  4. strong in some elements listed for the criterion and acceptable in all
  5. acceptable with only minor weaknesses in any of the elements listed for the criterion
  6. inadequate in one or more of the elements listed for the criterion

Risk assessment

In the case where your proposal involves one or more partner organizations from the private sector, including when they participate alongside other partner organizations from the public and/or not-for-profit sectors, NSERC reviews the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships' risk assessment form that you provide with your application (including the risk mitigation plan, when applicable). When additional expertise is required, NSERC seeks advice from Canada's national security departments and agencies, and/or from academic experts.

Funding decision

NSERC's funding decision takes into consideration the merit evaluation as well as the assessment of potential risks for Canada's national security, when applicable. NSERC may prioritize the funding of interdisciplinary projects.

NSERC uses the merit indicator ratings assigned to applications to select proposals for funding on a competitive basis. Decisions stemming from the national security risk assessment are based on the risks identified and the mitigation measures proposed.

Decisions will be communicated by the end of March 2023.

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Letter of intent deadline
September 15, 2022, 8:00 p.m. (ET)

Application deadline
November 8, 2022, 8:00 p.m. (ET)

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