National Science Foundation Global Centres

Call for proposals: Bioeconomy


NSERC’s total budget allocation for this call is expected to be CAN$7.5 million over five years, while SSHRC’s total budget allocation is expected to be CAN$2.5 million over five years.

NSERC and SSHRC will review all proposals involving Canadian teams to determine whether they fall primarily under NSERC’s or SSHRC’s research areas. NSERC will provide funding for the research undertaken by eligible Canadian applicants in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) fields, while SSHRC will support research in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) fields.

The funds from NSERC and SSHRC must be paid to eligible Canadian universities and cannot be used to buy equipment, products or services from any collaborating or partner organization.

You can request up to CAN$500,000 per year for 4-5 years to support the costs of your participation in the Global Centre. The budget and justification details must be presented in Canadian funds.

You must include a budget and budget justification for funds requested from the Canadian agencies in the Supplementary Documentation section of the application submitted to NSF.

Eligible expenses

All expenditures are subject to the principles and directives governing the appropriate use of grant funds outlined in the Tri-agency guide on financial administration. You must only include NSERC- or SSHRC-eligible direct costs of research in the budget submitted to NSERC. There are no restrictions regarding the balance of project costs between NSE and SSH fields; however, you must distinguish between the costs related to the two areas in the budget justification. Research costs for collaborations outside the natural sciences and engineering and the social and behavioural sciences and humanities (i.e., health) fields can represent up to 30% of the project costs and must be specifically identified in the project budget justification. Costs incurred by your international collaborator(s) are not eligible, and you must not include these in your budget submission to NSERC.

Examples of eligible direct costs of research include:

  • salary support for research trainees (undergraduate and/or graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) to perform research and related training
  • salary support for technicians and research professional personnel
  • materials and supplies
  • activities that support collaborations and knowledge mobilization related to the Global Centre
  • activities to develop and grow the research collaborations with the international partner(s)

Refer to the guidelines on the use of grant funds in the Tri-agency guide on financial administration for more information.

You can also include the costs of equipment, provided that the equipment is:

  • essential to achieving the objectives of the research project
  • incremental to the equipment already available at your institution or your Canadian or international partner(s)

Your total expected equipment cost (including operation and maintenance) cannot exceed $400,000 over the duration of the project.

There should be no duplication of funding requests for the same items on budgets submitted to NSERC and SSHRC and budgets submitted to other funding agency partners.

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

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