Volume 47 - No. 3

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New this year: The call for nominations is now open for all NSERC Prizes

Nominations are now being accepted for all NSERC Prizes as per their new competition cycle. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) encourages a diverse pool of nominees to reflect the breadth of excellence in Canada’s research ecosystem. The deadlines to submit nominations for each of the Prizes begin November 15th, 2023.


New funding for discovery research, trainees, and science promoters

This year’s Discovery Research Programs and PromoScience recipients were announced as part of a larger science and research announcement made by the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance. This announcement also included NSERC recipients from tri-agency programs: Canada Research Chairs, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Simplified cost-sharing ratio and extensions for Alliance option 1 grants

Effective June 23, 2023, all?new Alliance option?1 applications may request up to 66.7% of the project costs (2:1?leverage) from NSERC, regardless of partner organization size or sector. Effective August 21, 2023, NSERC is introducing a straightforward process for requesting a one-time, one-year extension with additional funding for Alliance option 1 grants.

New NSERC-CSE partnership to support robust, secure, and safe artificial intelligence research projects

NSERC and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) are pleased to announce a new partnership to fund unclassified research on cutting-edge technologies in areas of strategic importance to CSE and the Government of Canada. The Research Communities grants focus on robust, secure, and safe artificial intelligence (AI). This is the first of four joint funding opportunities that will be offered by NSERC and CSE over the next five years.

$18 million awarded to Technology Access Centres in support of colleges and communities’ research and innovation needs

NSERC, in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), has announced funding of $18 million over five years for 16 Technology Access Centres through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) program’s 2022 Technology Access Centre (TAC) grants.

The presidents of Canada's federal research granting agencies announce a review of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

Canada's federal research granting agencies have announced a review of the Tri-Agency Open Access (OA) Policy on Publications ("OA Policy"), with the goal of requiring that any peer-reviewed journal publications arising from agency-supported research be freely available, without subscription or fee, at the time of publication. The renewed OA Policy will be released by the end of 2025.

CIHR and NSERC renew commitment to innovative research through the Human Frontier Science Program

Canada, through CIHR and NSERC, has renewed its commitment to the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP). The HFSP is an international program of research that supports interdisciplinary, breakthrough research collaborations between researchers from more than 70 different countries.

NSERC announces inaugural Chairs for Inclusion in Science and Engineering (CISE) for the Atlantic region

This initiative builds on the successful Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) program, continuing to promote the participation and retention of women in science and engineering while expanding the program to address issues faced by a broader range of underrepresented groups.

Dimensions Handbook now available

In April, François-Phillipe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced that 10 institutions had received a Dimensions recognition. Their work was guided by a Handbook, recently shared with all institutions, which provides comprehensive information for those that aim to promote an equitable, diverse, and inclusive research culture. To receive a copy, please contact dimensionsedi@nserc-crsng.gc.ca.

Learn more about the Canada Research Coordinating Committee

The CRCC advances federal research priorities and coordinates policies and programs across Canada’s research funding agencies and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Visit the Committee’s website for the latest updates and opportunities for Canada’s research community.

Consolidated telephone contact information for NSERC

As of December 6, 2021, NSERC has consolidated its telephone numbers under its toll-free telephone number (1-855-275-2861), which serves as the new single point of entry for contacting all NSERC's programs. Please update your contact information as other dedicated program numbers are no longer in use.

Science promoters

USask graduate student provides STEM experience for Indigenous elementary students

As an NSERC Indigenous Student Ambassador at the University of Saskatchewan, Morgan Fleming is creating opportunities for Indigenous students to engage in science.

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