During your research project
You must acknowledge NSERC support in any communications or presentations about the research supported by your Alliance grant.
You must report regularly on how you use the funds from your grant, the activities that you carry out during your funded project, and the outcomes of this project. You will be informed of reporting requirements upon receiving your award letter. You must provide a final report within 3 months of the end of your project.
Notifying NSERC about changes
Subsequent instalments of your grant depend on (1) a demonstrated need for NSERC funds and (2) adherence to all other conditions specified in the terms and conditions of an award.
You must notify NSERC:
- if any of your partner organizations’ cash contributions, as committed to in the application, are not received, as this may lead to a reduced award;
- if any of your partner organizations leave the project. In this case:
- you should discuss with NSERC the impact on your ability to achieve the original goals of the project and whether the project may need to be amended;
- if you no longer have at least 1 partner organization that is recognized for cost-sharing, you have up to 6 months to find an alternate partner organization;
- if you cannot find such an organization, you must notify NSERC and submit a wind-down plan that focuses on student support.
If you and your partner organizations fail to provide requested feedback, your subsequent applications may be denied. If a partner organization fails to honour their commitments, NSERC may also decline to consider them in future applications.
Extension of grants
If you cannot complete your planned research activities within the specified term of your grant, you must notify NSERC. You may then be allowed an additional 1-year period to complete your project using existing funds.
Scaling-up a successful research collaboration
NSERC recognizes that when collaboration on a research project is achieving results, there should be a straightforward way to continue supporting it.
NSERC will support the growth of a project as the research partnership progresses by providing options to expand some successful projects.
Additional funds can be awarded within the original timeframe or during the additional years of the project. The maximum duration of a project, including a time extension, is five years. Establishing this maximum period allows the project to be reassessed to ensure continued excellence. The procedure for expanding projects will be detailed at a later date.