NSERC 2030: A Strategic Plan

Discussion papers to get the conversation started

As part of its strategic planning exercise, NSERC has created a series of discussion papers as a starting point to solicit feedback from external stakeholders on strategic issues relevant to natural sciences and engineering research funding. The papers follow-up on topics raised in a report prepared by the Council of Canadian Academies, Powering Discovery, targeted interviews, and a survey of NSERC stakeholders conducted in Spring 2021. 

Each discussion paper was thoughtfully developed by a working group drawing from the expertise and experience of NSERC staff across the agency. They provide context around key issues and suggest questions we would like to discuss with the community. The papers are meant for reflection, comment and discussion. NSERC is committed to transparency and believes in the value of direct and open engagement during the strategic planning development process.

Have your say!

People inside and outside the natural sciences and engineering research communities are encouraged to review the papers that match their interests, and use the comment form to send us their thoughts and ideas. We have included a self-identification questionnaire to better understand the perspectives of the community but responses will remain anonymous. You can provide answers to questions raised in the discussion papers or you can raise your own questions. The feedback gathered will be important in informing the development of our strategic plan.

Key themes

Collectively, the papers address three broad themes of critical importance to research funders. Given the cross-cutting nature of these thematic areas, individual papers occasionally address more than one.

Supporting research

Supporting researchers, students and post-doctoral fellows

Improving funding efficiency and enhancing research use and impact


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