Details on transfer payment programs of $5 million or more

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
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.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.
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

Performance information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Actual spending 2016-17 Actual spending 2017-18 Planned spending 2017-18 Total authorities available for use 2017-18 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2017-18 actual minus 2017-18 planned)
Total grants 858,143,860 894,566,629 887,833,122 894,799,226 894,799,226 6,966,104
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 858,143,860 894,566,629 887,833,122 894,799,226 894,799,226 6,966,104

* Differences between planned and actual spending relates to the implementation of Federal Budget 2017 PromoScience Program) and increased funding in joint research grant projects with the Department of National Defence.

* These figures do not include operating expenses.

General information

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 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. This program is a tri-agency program and is administered by each respective agency (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC).

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.
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 Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program Resources

Performance information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Actual spending 2016-17 Actual spending 2017-18 Planned spending 2017-18 Total authorities available for use 2017-18 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2017-18 actual minus 2017-18 planned)
Total grants 42,572,667 42,562,444 42,580,000 42,580,000 42,553,759 -26,241
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 42,572,667 42,562,444 42,580,000 42,580,000 42,553,759 -26,241

* These figures do not include operating expenses.

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 The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program is tri-agency program designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award. This financial award assists students during their studies at Canadian universities.

Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. This program is administered by CIHR on behalf of CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.
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

Performance information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Actual spending 2016-17 Actual spending 2017-18 Planned spending 2017-18 Total authorities available for use 2017-18 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2017-18 actual minus 2017-18 planned)
Total grants 8,286,944 8,307,394 8,350,000 8,350,000 8,287,499 -62,501
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 8,286,944 8,307,394 8,350,000 8,350,000 8,287,499 -62,501

* These figures do not include operating expenses.

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 The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program is a tri-agency initiative that supports Canadian universities in their efforts to build on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation. The program awards world-renowned researchers and their teams to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. This program is administered by SSHRC on behalf of CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.
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 September 2017
Engagement of applicants and recipients This link will take you to another Web site Canada Research Chairs

Performance information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Actual spending 2016-17 Actual spending 2017-18 Planned spending 2017-18 Total authorities available for use 2017-18 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2017-18 actual minus 2017-18 planned)
Total grants 25,050,000 25,448,000 16,216,667 16,216,667 14,816,667 -1,400,000
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 25,050,000 25,448,000 16,216,667 16,216,667 14,816,667 -1,400,000

* The variance is due to funds from terminated award.

* These figures do not include operating expenses.

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 The program supports large-scale academically led research networks that harness the creativity and inventiveness of Canadian health, natural, and social scientists and engineers. Partners from industry, government and not-for-profit organizations contribute additional expertise and bring cash and in kind support. This program is a tri-agency program administered by NSERC on behalf of CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.
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 This link will take you to another Web site Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada

Performance information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Actual spending 2016-17 Actual spending 2017-18 Planned spending 2017-18 Total authorities available for use 2017-18 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2017-18 actual minus 2017-18 planned)
Total grants 33,430,050 33,430,050 31,590,000 31,590,000 31,590,000 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 31,590,000 31,590,000 31,590,000 0

* These figures do not include operating expenses.

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 The Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence program (BL-NCE) funds large-scale collaborative research networks that bring a wide range of research expertise to bear on specific challenges identified by an industrial sector. This tri-agency program is administered by NSERC on behalf of SSHRC, CIHR and NSERC.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.
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 This link will take you to another Web site Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence Program

Performance information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Actual spending 2016-17 Actual spending 2017-18 Planned spending 2017-18 Total authorities available for use 2017-18 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2017-18 actual minus 2017-18 planned)
Total grants 6,917,000 6,551,000 6,296,500 6,096,500 6,096,500 -200,000
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 6,917,000 6,551,000 6,296,500 6,096,500 6,096,500 -200,000

* These figures do not include operating expenses.

General information

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 The Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program bridges the challenging gap between innovation and commercialization. The program matches clusters of research expertise with the business community to share the knowledge and resources that bring innovations to market faster. Centres advance research and facilitate commercialization within four priority areas: the environment; natural resources and energy; health and life sciences; and information and communications technologies. This program is administered by NSERC on behalf of CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.
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 This link will take you to another Web site Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research

Performance information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Actual spending 2016-17 Actual spending 2017-18 Planned spending 2017-18 Total authorities available for use 2017-18 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2017-18 actual minus 2017-18 planned)
Total grants 8,925,237 12,494,569 9,754,676 11,902,676 11,902,676 2,148,000
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 8,925,237 12,494,569 9,754,676 11,902,676 11,902,676 2,148,000

* 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.

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.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.
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 (support the College and Community Innovation Program).
These figures do not include operating expenses.
Evaluations In progress
Engagement of applicants and recipients College and Community Innovation Program

Performance information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Actual spending 2016-17 Actual spending 2017-18 Planned spending 2017-18 Total authorities available for use 2017-18 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2017-18 actual minus 2017-18 planned)
Total grants 40,655,749 52,200,459 52,530,071 52,366,925 52,366,925 -163,146
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 40,655,749 52,200,459 52,530,071 52,366,925 52,366,925 -163,146

* These figures do not include operating expenses.

General information

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 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 1.2 Discovery: Advancement of Knowledge
Description The Canada First Research Excellence Fund (the Fund) supports Canada’s postsecondary institutions in their efforts to become global research leaders. It helps Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics 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. The Fund helps institutions: (i) compete with the best in the world for talent, for partnership opportunities and to make breakthrough discoveries; (ii) seize emerging opportunities and strategically advance their greatest strengths on the global stage; and (iii) implement large-scale, transformational and forward-thinking institutional strategies. This program is administered by SSHRC on behalf of CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.
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 This link will take you to another Web site Canada First Excellence Research Chair

Performance information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Actual spending 2016-17 Actual spending 2017-18 Planned spending 2017-18 Total authorities available for use 2017-18 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2017-18 actual minus 2017-18 planned)
Total grants 31,234,943 66,506,108 101,820,801 101,820,801 101,820,801 0
Total contributions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 31,234,943 66,506,108 101,820,801 101,820,801 101,820,801 0

* These figures do not include operating expenses.

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