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Important changes to the CREATE program to be expected for the 2025 competition year

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December 13, 2023

Please note the adjustment made to the previously announced revised quota in December 2023. As of January 17, 2024, University Letter of Intent (LOI) quota remains the same as before: six for large institutions, four for medium sized institutions, and two for small institutions.

NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience program (CREATE) has recently undergone a renewal process to simplify its requirements and application procedures. The most significant changes are being shared at this time to help future applicants in their preparation.

The following changes apply to the 2025 competition year and beyond and will be reflected in the online program description in March 2024:

  • The LOI stage is now non-competitive, meaning that the LOIs are not adjudicated by the selection committee and proceed directly to the application stage.
  • LOI submissions are still required by May 1, but less information is required.
  • The Industrial stream has been eliminated. Industrial participation in CREATE initiatives is encouraged, but the extent and nature of industrial participation is determined by the applicants and their industrial partners.
  • Mobility experiences are now mandatory for all master and doctoral trainees, with a minimum duration of one month at the master level and two months at the doctoral level.

The changes to the LOI instructions and other program elements will be communicated in more detail at the information session for potential applicants the first week of February 2024.

For questions, contact the CREATE program team at

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