National Science Foundation Global Centres

Call for proposals: Bioeconomy


Important: The US Principal Investigator (PI) for your partnership is responsible for submitting the complete application package (including the research proposal) to NSF, following their instructions.

NSF applications involving a Canadian team of researchers must identify the Canadian team members.

To be a Canadian applicant or co-applicant on a Global Centres application, you must be working in a research area supported by NSERC or SSHRC and meet NSERC’s eligibility requirements at the time of application.

As the Canadian applicant, you must submit a simplified application package to NSERC on behalf of the Canadian members of the team at the same time that the US PI submits the full application to NSF.


NSERC: June 11, 2024, before 8:00 p.m. (ET)

Every Canadian research team member participating in the Global Centres grant application (the applicant and all co-applicants) must create an account in the NSERC online system if they do not already have one. The applicant and all co-applicants must create and submit a personal data form with CCV attachment (form 100A) with the application. Researchers working in the social sciences or humanities fields should use research subject code 8000 when indicating their expertise. For more information, please refer to the instructions for completing a personal data form with CCV attachment (form 100A) or the NSERC Frequently asked questions page.

As the applicant, you are responsible for providing the following documents and information to NSERC via the online system by the application deadline:

  • A completed form 101 (application for a grant), containing a summary of your proposed research and keywords.
  • List your NSF PI as a collaborator on form 101.
  • Using the provided template, the Canadian simplified proposal includes:
    • the title of the proposal submitted to NSF
    • the name of the US PI
    • if applicable, the names and affiliations of collaborators and/or partners on the Canadian team from the private sector
    • a discussion on the relevance and expected outcomes; the benefit to Canada and the roles and responsibilities of the Canadian team in the Global Centre; the Canadian training plan; and on the concrete innovative measures supporting equity, diversity and inclusion in the training plan
  • If applicable, the Impact assessment form (appendix A) must be completed and uploaded to the Impact assessment section of your application.
  • A Risk Assessment Form must be completed as part of the Partnerships module in the application, if applicable. A budget (in Canadian dollars) and accompanying justification for the funds you are requesting from NSERC or SSHRC. Budgets must identify expenses as NSERC or SSHRC.
  • A budget (in Canadian dollars) and accompanying justification for the funds you are requesting from NSERC or SSHRC. Budgets must identify expenses as NSERC or SSHRC
  • A completed and up-to-date personal data form with CCV attachment (form 100A) for yourself and all Canadian co-applicants. Applicants and co-applicants from SSH fields may submit the SSHRC format CCV if desired; college faculty may submit a CCI format CV; all other co-applicants must submit the CCV in NSERC format.

Instructions for submitting the above-mentioned documents and information to NSERC on behalf of the Canadian research team:

  • Log in to NSERC’s online system and select Create a new form 101.
  • Select Research partnerships programs, then Alliance grants.
  • For the Proposal type field, select Letter of Intent.
  • For the Type of call field, select NSF- Global Centres - Implementation from the drop-down menu.

By submitting an application, you, your co-applicants and partners (when applicable) agree to the NSERC Terms and conditions of applying for applicants and the NSERC Terms and conditions of applying for partner organizations.

The information you provide in your application is collected under the authority of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Act. NSERC and SSHRC are subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. The information you provide is stored in a series of NSERC data banks as described on the Information about programs and information holdings page. You must ensure that others listed on the application have agreed to be included.

If you submit a proposal under this call, you agree that information in your proposal may be shared between NSERC, SSHRC and the NSF for purposes consistent with the program objectives. Participants are responsible for ensuring they are aware of the NSF rules concerning the disclosure of information in the proposal. Participants should also ensure they are aware of the policies surrounding NSF programs and post-award policies.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

NSERC and SSHRC are acting on the evidence that achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to advance knowledge and understanding, and to respond to local, national and global challenges. This principle informs the commitments described in the Tri-agency statement on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and is aligned with the objectives of the Tri-agency EDI action plan.

Excellent research considers EDI both in the research environment (forming a research team, student training) and in the research process. For Alliance grants, EDI considerations are currently evaluated in the training, mentorship and professional development opportunities for students and trainees. The aim is to remove barriers to the recruitment and promote the full participation of individuals from underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis), persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups and members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities. Applicants are encouraged to increase the inclusion and advancement of underrepresented groups as one way to enhance excellence in research and training. For additional guidance, applicants should refer to Alliance grants: Equity, diversity and inclusion in your training plan and the NSERC guide on integrating equity, diversity and inclusion considerations in research.

NSF Global Centres applicants must address diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) considerations in the NSF portion of their application, following NSF’s guidelines.

Research involving Indigenous Peoples and communities

NSERC and SSHRC are committed to supporting Indigenous research. NSERC defines Indigenous research as research in any field or discipline related to the natural sciences and engineering that is conducted by, grounded in, or meaningfully engaged with First Nations, Inuit, Métis or other Indigenous Nations, communities, societies or individuals, and their wisdom, cultures, experiences or knowledge systems, as expressed in their dynamic forms, past and present.

We encourage you to consider the relevant concepts, principles and protocols for any research involving Indigenous People and communities, which are outlined in the following documents:

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Application deadline
June 11, 2024, 8:00 p.m. EST

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