Details on Transfer Payment Programs

General information

Name of transfer payment program Grants and Scholarships (voted)
Start date 1978
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2011-12
Strategic Outcome Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.1 People: Research Talent, and
Program 1.2 Discovery: Advancement of Knowledge
Program 1.3 Innovation: Research Partnership
Description NSERC's class grant Grants and Scholarships program supports university-based basic and project research, college-based project research, provides scholarships and fellowships to young researchers, and facilitates links between universities, colleges, the private sector, and governments.
Results achieved See Departmental Results Report and supporting information on related lower-level programs.
Comments on variances Differences between planned and actual spending relates to the implementation of Federal Budget 2015 (partnerships programs and College and Community Innovation) and 2016 (discovery research).
Engagement of applicants and recipients Disclosure of Grants and Scholarships

Planning information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Actual spending 2016–17 Planned spending 2016–17 Total authorities available for use 2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2016–17 actual minus 2016–17 planned)
Total grants 863,030,198 858,143,860 856,488,686 894,566,630 894,566,629 38,077,943
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 863,030,198 858,143,860 856,488,686 894,566,630 894,566,629 38,077,943

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Name of transfer payment program Canada Graduate Scholarships (voted)
Start date 2003
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2009-10
Strategic Outcome Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.1 People: Research Talent.
Description NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in master's or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering.
Results achieved See Departmental Results Report and supporting information on related lower-level programs.
Comments on variances These figures do not include operating expenses.
Engagement of applicants and recipients Tri-Agency Harmonization of the Canada Graduate Scholarships

Planning information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Actual spending 2016–17 Planned spending 2016–17 Total authorities available for use 2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2016–17 actual minus 2016–17 planned)
Total grants 42,542,644 42,572,667 42,580,000 42,580,000 42,562,444 -17,556
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 42,542,644 42,572,667 42,580,000 42,580,000 42,562,444 -17,556

General information

Name of transfer payment program Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (voted)
Start date 2008
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2014-15
Strategic Outcome Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.1 People: Research Talent.
Description NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program provides financial support to Canadian and International students who have achieved outstanding success in their studies and will pursue a doctoral program at a Canadian university in the areas of natural sciences and engineering.
Results achieved See Departmental Results Report and supporting information on related lower-level programs.
Comments on variances These figures do not include operating expenses.
Engagement of applicants and recipients Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Planning information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Actual spending 2016–17 Planned spending 2016–17 Total authorities available for use 2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2016–17 actual minus 2016–17 planned)
Total grants 8,107,501 8,286,944 8,350,000 8,350,000 8,307,394 -42,606
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 8,107,501 8,286,944 8,350,000 8,350,000 8,307,394 -42,606

General information

Name of transfer payment program Canada Excellence Research Chairs (voted)
Start date 2008
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2016-17
Strategic Outcome Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.1 People: Research Talent.
Description NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grants Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program to attract Canadian and international leaders who can positively contribute to our global competitiveness, future prosperity and well-being, as well as provide deeper understanding of the human dimension of technological change in the areas of natural sciences and engineering.
Results achieved See Departmental Results Report and supporting information on related lower-level programs.
Comments on variances These figures do not include operating expenses.
Engagement of applicants and recipients Canada Research Chairs

Planning information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Actual spending 2016–17 Planned spending 2016–17 Total authorities available for use 2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2016–17 actual minus 2016–17 planned)
Total grants 21,800,000 25,050,000 25,200,000 25,448,000 25,448,000 248,000
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 21,800,000 25,050,000 25,200,000 25,448,000 25,448,000 248,000

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Name of transfer payment program Industrial R&D Internship (voted)
Start date 2007
End date Moved to ISED on April 1st, 2016.
Type of transfer payment Grant
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2012-13
Strategic Outcome Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.1 People: Research Talent, and
Program 1.3 Innovation: Research Partnership
Description NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant Industrial R&D Internship (IRDI) Program provides financial support to eligible, non-for-profit organizations to match graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with private sector organizations for private sector research internships involving expertise in natural sciences and engineering. The interns work on research projects jointly developed by their private sector partner and academic supervisor.
Results achieved See Departmental Results Report and supporting information on related lower-level programs.
Comments on variances Differences between planned and actual spending relates to the Industrial R&D Internships (IRDI) being transferred to the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
These figures do not include operating expenses.

Planning information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Actual spending 2016–17 Planned spending 2016–17 Total authorities available for use 2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2016–17 actual minus 2016–17 planned)
Total grants 6,880,000 6,880,000 6,880,125 0 0 -6,880,125
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 6,880,000 6,880,000 6,880,125 0 0 -6,880,125

General information

Name of transfer payment program Networks of Centres of Excellence (voted)
Start date 1997
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2014-15
Strategic Outcome Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.3 Innovation: Research Partnership
Description NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant Networks of Centres of Excellence program to mobilize Canada's research talent in the academic, private, public and not-for-profit sectors and apply it to the task of developing the economy and improving the quality of life of Canadians.
Results achieved See Departmental Results Report and supporting information on related lower-level programs.
Comments on variances These figures do not include operating expenses.
Engagement of applicants and recipients Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada

Planning information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Actual spending 2016–17 Planned spending 2016–17 Total authorities available for use 2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2016–17 actual minus 2016–17 planned)
Total grants 33,430,050 33,430,050 33,430,050 33,430,050 33,430,050 0
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 33,430,050 33,430,050 33,430,050 33,430,050 33,430,050 0

General information

Name of transfer payment program Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (voted)
Start date 2007
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2012-13
Strategic Outcome Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.3 Innovation: Research Partnership
Description NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence program establishes networks conducting research in priority areas resulting in a long-term competitive advantage to consortia of Canadian firms, supported by networks of academics and government researchers in areas of natural sciences and engineering. This program is included within the class grants Networks of Centres of Excellence program.
Results achieved See Departmental Results Report and supporting information on related lower-level programs.
Comments on variances These figures do not include operating expenses.
Engagement of applicants and recipients Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence Program

Planning information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Actual spending 2016–17 Planned spending 2016–17 Total authorities available for use 2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2016–17 actual minus 2016–17 planned)
Total grants 6,709,482 6,917,000 6,551,000 6,551,000 6,551,000 0
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 6,709,482 6,917,000 6,551,000 6,551,000 6,551,000 0

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Name of transfer payment program Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (voted)
Start date 2007
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2012-13
Strategic Outcome Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.3 Innovation: Research Partnership
Description NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program supports the operation of commercialization and/or research Centres that bring together people, services, and infrastructure to maximize the benefits of the government's investments in skills and research and to encourage greater private sector investment in science and technology, in areas of natural sciences and engineering.
Results achieved See Departmental Results Report and supporting information on related lower-level programs.
Comments on variances These figures do not include operating expenses.
Evaluations completed or planned In progress (September 2017)
Engagement of applicants and recipients Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research

Planning information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Actual spending 2016–17 Planned spending 2016–17 Total authorities available for use 2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2016–17 actual minus 2016–17 planned)
Total grants 8,180,493 8,925,237 12,494,569 12,494,569 12,494,569 0
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 8,180,493 8,925,237 12,494,569 12,494,569 12,494,569 0

General information

Name of transfer payment program College and Community Innovation Program (voted)
Start date 2007
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2016-17
Strategic Outcome Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.3 Innovation: Research Partnership
Description NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program increases innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), in areas of natural sciences and engineering. It supports applied research and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, as well as technology transfer, adaptation and adoption of new technologies, in areas of strategic importance to Canada.
Results achieved See Departmental Results Report and supporting information on related lower-level programs.
Comments on variances Differences between planned and actual spending relates to the implementation of Federal Budget 2015 (partnerships programs and College and Community Innovation) and 2016 (discovery research).
These figures do not include operating expenses.
Evaluations completed or planned In progress (February 2018)
Engagement of applicants and recipients College and Community Innovation Program

Planning information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Actual spending 2016–17 Planned spending 2016–17 Total authorities available for use 2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2016–17 actual minus 2016–17 planned)
Total grants 40,525,238 40,655,749 40,673,157 52,200,459 52,200,459 11,527,302
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 40,525,238 40,655,749 40,673,157 52,200,459 52,200,459 11,527,302

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Name of transfer payment program Canada First Research Excellence Fund (voted)
Start date 2014
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2015-16
Strategic Outcome Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.2 Discovery: Advancement of Knowledge
Description NSERC's portion of the tri-agency class grant Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) Program offers eligible Canadian postsecondary degree/diploma granting institutions the opportunity to turn their key strengths into world-leading capabilities and become global research leaders in research areas of strategic importance to Canada, including but not limited to: advanced manufacturing, the environment and agriculture, health and life sciences, information and communication technologies, and natural resources and energy. This program is necessary to help Canadian postsecondary institutions compete with the best in the world for talent and partnership opportunities, to make breakthrough discoveries, and to excel globally in research areas that will create long-term economic advantages for Canada. This program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Canada First Research Excellence Fund.
Results achieved See Departmental Results Report and supporting information on related lower-level programs.
Comments on variances The variance between planned and actual spending relates to the launch of the new competition cycle; additional funds were appropriated through the Supplementary Estimates.
These figures do not include operating expenses.
Engagement of applicants and recipients Canada First Excellence Research Chair

Planning information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Actual spending 2016–17 Planned spending 2016–17 Total authorities available for use 2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2016–17 actual minus 2016–17 planned)
Total grants 0 31,234,943 31,607,277 66,506,108 66,506,108 34,898,831
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 0 31,234,943 31,607,277 66,506,108 66,506,108 34,898,831

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