National Science Foundation Global Centres


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.

Each team with Canadian involvement must also identify a Canadian researcher as the applicant. To be an applicant or co-applicant on a Global Centres application, you must be working in a research area supported by NSERC or SSHRC, and you must meet NSERC's eligibility requirements at the time of application.

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


Track 1 – Implementation: May 10, 2023, 8:00 p.m. (ET)

Track 2 – Design: May 10, 2023, 8:00 p.m. (ET)

Every member of the Canadian research team who is 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.
  • A proposal document that includes only the title of the proposal submitted to NSF, the name of the US PI, and, if applicable, the names and affiliations of collaborators and/or partners on the Canadian team from the private sector.
  • If applicable, the Impact assessment form (appendix A) must be completed and uploaded to the Impact assessment section of your application.
  • A budget (in Canadian dollars) and accompanying justification for the funds you are requesting from NSERC or SSHRC.
  • A completed personal data form with CCV attachment (form 100A) for yourself and all Canadian co-applicants.

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 or NSF- Global Centres - Design from the drop-down menu as appropriate.

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

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.

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).

Applicants are encouraged to consider sex, gender and diversity in the project's research design. Diversity and gender equity should also be considered when developing the research team and considering how to promote and support a variety of forms of mentoring to ensure trainees' equitable participation and growth. Applicants should refer to the Guide for applicants: Considering equity, diversity and inclusion in your application for more information.

NSF Global Centres applicants must address EDI considerations in the NSF portion of their application, following NSF's guidelines.

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Application deadlines
For Track 1: May 10, 2023, 8:00 p.m. (ET)
For Track 2: May 10, 2023, 8:00 p.m. (ET)

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