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Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks

Instructions for Completing an Application – Form 101

General Information

About the Grant

Read the grant description in the Program Guide for Professors before you complete the application.

Who Completes the Application?

The applicant must complete the application and include all required documentation using the On-line System. In addition, the Personal Data Form (Form 100) must be completed by applicants and co-applicants and linked to the application form.

Presentation Standards

You are responsible for submitting a complete application that conforms to the presentation standards established by NSERC. Incomplete applications and applications that do not meet the presentation standards may be rejected, or be at a disadvantage, in comparison with those that are complete and respect the presentation standards. Where page limits are stated, pages in excess of the number permitted will be removed.

For more information, read the NSERC On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards.

Application Deadlines

Your application must be received at your institution’s research grants office by their internal deadline date; contact your research grants office for those deadlines.

For programs with deadlines, the application must be received at NSERC by 8:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on the deadline date. If it is not received by the deadline, it will be considered late and will be rejected. Application deadlines are indicated in each of the program descriptions, as well as on the Application Deadlines and Notification of Decision page.

Material or updates received under separate cover (before or after the deadline date) will not be accepted.

Personal Information

The collection, use and disclosure of personal information provided to NSERC are outlined in the following policy statements:

The information you provide in your application is collected under the authority of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Act. NSERC is subject to the This link will take you to another Web site Access to Information Act and the This link will take you to another Web site Privacy Act (ATIP). The information you provide is stored in a series of NSERC data banks described in This link will take you to another Web site Information about programs and information holdings.

Help with Program Information

  • Contact the staff responsible for the program to which you are applying.

Help with the NSERC On-line System

  • Check the Frequently Asked Questions on how to use the On-line System;
  • Review the instructions available in the application;
  • Contact the On-line Services Helpdesk. Send an email to: or call 613-995-4273. Include your email address and telephone number.

Information Required from Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships (Form 183A)

See the instructions for completing Form 183A.

It is very important that the letters from the supporting organizations address the points outlined in the instructions for Form 183A.

Completing the Application

Application Profile

Title of proposal

The title will be transferred from the letter of intent.

Time devoted to proposed research/activity

Enter the time devoted by the applicant (in hours per month) to the proposed research/activity.

Target area

The target area and research topic will be transferred from the letter of intent. Use the Proposal section to explain why the research you propose is strategic and how it addresses the research topic. If the research you propose falls outside the priority research topics listed (“Exceptional Opportunity Outside the Research Topics”), provide an explanation in the Proposal section.

Area(s) of Research

Research subject codes

Consult the NSERC Code Tables. All applicants are required to select a primary research code.

Area of application codes

Consult the NSERC Code Tables. All applicants are required to select a primary area of application code from the list of Area of Application Codes.

Key words

Provide a maximum of 10 key words that describe the proposal.


Before completing this page, consult the Policies and Guidelines of the Program Guide for Professors concerning the requirements for certain types of research.

Research involving humans: If you select Yes, you must provide your institution's administration with the appropriate certification indicating that research involving humans has been reviewed and has received the required approval.

Research involving human pluripotent stem cells: If you select Yes, or if through peer review the application is found to fall into this category and is recommended for funding, it will be forwarded, with your consent, to the CIHR’s Stem Cell Oversight Committee (SCOC) to ensure compliance with This link will take you to another Web site Chapter 12, Section F of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2).The SCOC review is in addition to the normal review by local Research Ethics Boards (REBs). Funding will not be released until approval has been obtained from the SCOC.

Research involving the use of animals: If you select Yes, you must provide your institution's administration with the certification from the animal care committee at the institution that the experimental procedures proposed have been approved and that the care and treatment of animals is in accordance with the principles outlined in the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) guide.

Research involving hazardous substances: If you select Yes, you must provide your institution's administration with the certification from the biosafety committee at the institution that the laboratory procedures being used comply with the safety precautions necessary for the level of containment required by the research.

Environmental impact: The Environmental Information Form (Appendix A) may be required. For more information, consult NSERC’s Guidelines on Environmental Review and Assessment.


For group applications, list each co-applicant's name, personal identification number (if known), organization name, as well as the time (in hours per month) each co-applicant will devote to the proposed research/activity or the use of equipment or facility.

Co-applicants, except those from the applicant's university, must obtain the signature of an authorized officer of their organization agreeing to their participation.

By submitting this form, the applicant certifies that the individuals listed as co-applicants have been informed of the precise uses and disclosures of their personal information by NSERC (see Use and Disclosure of Personal Information Provided to NSERC) and have authorized the release of the information by the applicant.

Co-applicants, except those from the applicant’s institution, must advise the authorized officer of their organization that the applicant, or the applicant’s institution, will be seeking their signature prior to submitting the application to NSERC, agreeing to their participation.


A collaborator is a member of the research team that is applying for a group grant. The collaborator will not have access to the grant funds and must be qualified to undertake research independently. Collaborators are expected to contribute to the overall intellectual direction of the research project or program of research and to bring their own resources to the collaboration. Examples of collaborators are: government scientists, academic researchers, company staff members or research scientists.

Supporting Organizations

Enter information about each co-applicant organization's signing officer (other than the applicant’s organization). For supporting organizations such as an industrial partner or a government department, enter information about the authorized representative(s).

The applicant must ensure that the co-applicants from other institutions obtain the appropriate signature from the authorized officer of their organization prior to submitting the application to NSERC (see Signatures requirements within this document).

Summary of Proposal

The summary is intended to explain the proposal in language that the public can understand.

Using simple terms, briefly describe the nature of the work to be done. Indicate why and to whom the research is important, the anticipated outcomes and how your field and Canada will benefit.

This plain language summary will be available to the public if your proposal is funded.

If you wish, you may also provide a summary in the other official language in the text box identified for that purpose.

Activity Schedule

List the activities/steps required to achieve the objectives for each year of the grant.

Indicate the start and end dates for the activities leading to the milestones, as well as the major results expected.


Use the guidelines outlined in the NSERC On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards to provide the requested information in a document to be attached to the application.

Using the mandatory headings and associated numbering below, and in a maximum of 65 single-sided pages (including the executive summary but not including the reference pages or acronym list), describe your proposal. A table of contents (which is not included in the page count) should also be included. Category B applications may have up to an additional five pages (total of 70) to briefly describe previous network activities at the beginning of the proposal. These additional five pages cannot be used for other sections of the proposal. Refer to the Selection Criteria section in the Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks description for a list of criteria that will be considered by reviewers when evaluating your application.

  1. Executive Summary

    • Provide a one-page summary describing the network, the challenge it is attempting to address, and expected impact on the Canadian economy and quality of life. Explain the expected outcomes and impacts of the proposed network and its relevance to the partners to Canadians in general, and, where appropriate, to the international community.

  2. Planning

    • Discuss the strategic planning process and the consultations with stakeholders, including industrial and/or government partners, that resulted in the proposal.

  3. Overview of the network

    • Provide an overview of the network’s research program including the scope, the focus, the scientific or technical objectives and the proposed approach.
    • Describe the nature of the network linkages and how the results from the various theme areas will be integrated to achieve the objectives during, and at the conclusion of, the five-year term of the grant.
    • Describe the anticipated value of the research results highlighting the scientific or technical advances, and the innovative techniques, expertise, processes or products that will be developed.
    • Indicate the benefits expected to accrue to the academic, public and/or private-sector participants.
    • Explain why the proposed research is strategic.

  4. Background

    • Relate the proposal to current scientific and/or technical developments in the field referring to the current literature.
    • Describe the background research on which the network is built and explain the relationship of the research program to other initiatives in this area in Canada and abroad.
    • Category B applications must briefly describe in their extra five pages:
      • the previous network research activities;
      • the success of that network in fulfilling its objectives and milestones;
      • its success in training highly qualified personnel (HQP);
      • the generation and transfer of new knowledge/technology to Canadian-based organizations;
      • impacts for the past partners of previously funded work;
      • how these organizations, in turn, have generated wealth, created employment and/or influenced Canadian public policy in areas of strategic importance.

  5. Proposed research program

For the overall network:

      • Explain the rationale for the team composition, highlighting how it has the necessary expertise, experience, diversity and gender equity for successful execution of the proposed network activities.

For each major theme area:

      • Identify the theme leader and participants and the likely number and type of students.
      • Summarize the specific objectives, approaches, research plan, methods, schedule and milestones to be completed during the five-year term of the grant.
      • Describe the relevant expertise, role and expected contributions of the participants and how they will be integrated.
      • Describe how the theme area fits into the overall network and contributes to achieving the objectives of the network.
  1. Advantages of a network approach

    • Explain the advantages of conducting the research through a network team approach.
    • Discuss the incremental benefits of a network approach to the research, HQP and the partners.
    • Show how increased linkages and networking will result in sharing equipment and facilities and reduce redundancies in research efforts.
    • Explain why networking and a multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral approach to the research are required to achieve the network’s objectives.
    • The proposal must discuss the linkages between themes and projects and the plans for integration of the research results.

  2. Training

    • Discuss the network’s strategy to train highly qualified personnel and increase their marketability.
    • Provide a training plan describing the role of students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, technicians (referring to the information provided in the budget justification section), and the research staff of the partner organizations, including the extent to which all participants are involved in the training. Describe opportunities for enhanced training that will take advantage of the multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial environment of a network. This may include:
      • student exchanges within the network;
      • placements with partners or collaborators;
      • short courses, workshops or training opportunities for HQP in professional skills (such as project management, marketing, the ability to work in teams, intellectual property management, and financial analysis) relevant to the needs of potential employers.
    • Outline measures that will be implemented to advance diversity and gender equity within the network’s group of trainees and training activities. This may include, for example, any of the following:
      • An explanation of your recruitment strategy for attracting a high quality and diverse group of trainees;
      • Provision of unconscious bias training and Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) training to network members and trainees;
      • The design of networking and leadership training events that are both beneficial to and inclusive of all trainees, and that recognize the benefits of diversity in leadership teams;
      • Strategies to ensure mentorship is provided to all trainees and is established in collaboration with each trainee;
      • Initiatives to promote an equitable and inclusive research and work environment.

    • (Please refer to the Guide to Applicants: Considering equity, diversity and inclusion in your application) for further information.

      • Where possible and relevant, international experiences for trainees are encouraged.
      • Discuss the capacity of the user sector to absorb the graduates and retain them within Canada.

  3. Interactions and Partnerships

    • Indicate how the research priorities of the participating partners have been integrated and incorporated into the network’s research plan.
    • Describe the nature and the extent of involvement of the partner organizations in the planning, research, direction and management of the network.
    • Discuss the linkages in existence and to be created in the network among universities, industry and governments.
    • Describe the mechanisms proposed for internal communications between the participants and how they will accelerate the exchange of research results within the network.
    • Describe plans for the maintenance and preservation of large data sets to ensure sharing and dissemination of research data.
    • Describe the communications strategy to publicize the successes and activities of the network to the scientific community, the partners and the general public.

  4. Plan for International Collaboration (minimum of two pages)

    • Describe the plan for international collaboration.
    • The network must have a strategy and rationale for proposed international linkages to stimulate or reinforce partnerships with international research groups or experts in order to promote a coordinated and concerted effort for the research objectives of the Network. This may include:
      • joint workshops or meetings with international counterparts;
      • opportunities for networking between Network leaders and researchers, and international peers with the goal of increasing collaboration;
      • opportunities for student and postdoctoral exchanges with international collaborators.
    • Network funds are to be used to cover the costs of the Canadian participants and their portion of the initiative. NSERC expects that international collaborators will contribute appropriate cash or in-kind support to support their participation in proposed activities.

  5. Knowledge and Technology Transfer (minimum of two pages)

    • Describe the strategy and mechanisms for knowledge and/or technology transfer.
    • Indicate key individuals from the academic team and key partners who will lead the activities for knowledge mobilization and technology transfer.
    • Demonstrate partner engagement in identifying and addressing the challenges.
    • Explain how the network will enable the creation of relevant activities and tools with the partners.
    • Propose activities to ensure access, uptake and implementation by partners. Activities may include:
      • extension/outreach activities including tool development, implementation activities, educational tools and activities;
      • proof-of-concept and commercialization of technologies resulting from the Network research;
      • creating unique opportunities for Network researchers and students to present their research results in a manner that is directly accessible and relevant to the end users;
      • reaching out and recruiting new partners that can implement the results of Network research.

  6. Management and Budget

    • Describe the network management structure including:
      • the leadership and other skills required of the applicant to manage a complex, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional project;
      • the roles and responsibilities of the applicant, Network Manager, theme leaders and other key personnel;
      • the roles and responsibilities of the Management structure in coordinating network activities, monitoring progress and performance, setting schedules, allocating resources and monitoring expenditures.
    • Provide an organizational chart.
    • Justify the proposed budget and duration of the project including the contributions from partner organizations. Refer to the Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks description for the definition of the application categories and the associated cash contribution requirements from supporting organizations.

  7. Benefit to Canada and Partners

    • Discuss the benefits of the proposed research and its potential impact within a 10-year time frame on Canada’s economy, society and/or environment.
    • Indicate the anticipated benefit(s) the Canadian partner organizations will have at the conclusion of the network or within the next 10 years.
    • Discuss the potential research impacts that could result in increased national and international visibility for the network.

  8.  Archiving of Research Data (suggested length of half of one page)

    • Where relevant discuss how the proposed plan for data archiving will enable the sharing and dissemination of results. Discuss how sampling protocols and data sets will be maintained and accessed after the end of the network.


  • Use this section to provide:
    • a list of literature references;
    • a list of acronyms and definitions used in the proposal.
  • Do not refer readers to Web sites for additional information on your proposal.
  • Do not introduce hyperlinks in your list of references.

Proposed Expenditures

Before completing this page, read the instructions and consult the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide for information about the eligibility of expenditures for the direct costs of research and the regulations governing the use of grant funds.

Provide a Proposed Expenditures page for:

  • each major theme area or major project, as appropriate;
  • the administrative costs of managing the network (administrative costs must include
    • the salary for the full-time Network Manager,
    • costs for Annual General Meetings,
    • Board of Director meetings,
    • Scientific Advisory Committee meetings,
    • Theme leader meetings,
    • domestic travel for conferences, workshops and student exchanges and workshops);
  • the international strategy (this must include all international travel and associated costs for conferences, workshops, student exchanges, etc.);
  • the knowledge translation/technology transfer activities.

When you are filling out your application on-line, the Proposed Expenditures page "Sum Total" for the entire project will be calculated and printed automatically.

Use the Budget Justification section to explain and justify each budget item.

Budget Justification

Provide a detailed explanation and justification for each budget item identified in the Proposed Expenditures section by individual project and component (international, administration, knowledge translation/technology transfer). Provide sufficient information to allow reviewers to assess whether the resources requested are appropriate. Use additional page(s) to explain and justify each budget item.

Salaries and benefits

Give the names (if known), categories of employment and proposed salaries including non-discretionary benefits of students, postdoctoral fellows, assistants, network manager, etc. Briefly describe the responsibilities for each position for which support is requested. Ensure that particular justification is made for each position.

Equipment or facility

Give a breakdown of the items requested. Provide details on models, manufacturers, prices and applicable taxes. Justify the need for each item requested.

List purchase or rental fees, operation and maintenance costs, and user fees.

Fees to be paid for the use of equipment or a facility should be described (e.g., hours and rate).

If more than 10% of the NSERC budget request (i.e. more than $550,000) is being used for equipment, prior discussion with NSERC staff is required.

Materials and supplies

Provide details and explain major items.


Explain briefly how each activity relates to the proposed research. All international travel for the network researchers and students must be included in the international budget page and discussed in a separate section.


Justify funds for user workshops and the expected participation of industry and/or government.

Other expenses

List all items not relevant to previous categories, and provide a brief explanation for major items.

Include expenses associated with operating the administrative centre for the network, including costs for network meetings, annual meetings, communication device rental or purchase, including service plans, long distance and local charges (for Network Manager use only), communications, and knowledge/technology transfer.

Contributions from Supporting Organizations

Use this page to report the cash and in-kind contributions committed by the supporting organization(s) to the Network. Refer to the Networks description for an outline of the application categories and for the associated cash requirements from supporting organizations for Category B applications.

Before completing this page, read the instructions and consult the Use of Grant Funds page of the NSERC Program Guide for Professors concerning the eligibility of expenditures for the direct costs of research and the regulations governing the use of grant funds, and Guidelines on Eligibility and Value of In-Kind Contributions.

Provide the information for each supporting organization.

List the resources the supporting organization will provide to support the proposed activities including:

  • the net cash contribution to direct costs of research (without the university overheads). This amount will be transferred to the appropriate line on the Proposed Expenditures page;
  • the in-kind contribution to direct costs of research (donations of services, materials and equipment). This amount will be transferred to the Proposed Expenditures page (if applicable);
  • the in-kind contributions to indirect costs. This amount is not transferred to the Proposed Expenditures page;
  • an indication of the amount paid to the institution for overhead.

Use the Contributions from Supporting Organizations (Attachment) page to provide an explanation of the cash and eligible in-kind contributions.

Contributions from Supporting Organizations (Attachment)

Provide an explanation of the cash and eligible in-kind contributions; use an additional page if necessary. Include a summary table with a full list of the Network partners.

Form 183A and letter of support (and attachments, as required)

A completed Form 183A, a letter of support detailing how the proposed network results will benefit their organization and the amount of cash or in-kind they will contribute to aid network activities and any other required documents must be attached for each organization participating in the Network. Either the applicant or the supporting organization must complete all applicable pages of the form and provide the required documents.

The letter of support from the organization must include:

  • a discussion of the organization's support for and agreement with the proposal submitted to NSERC;
  • the reasons for being involved in the proposed collaboration;
  • how the organization expects to integrate the results from the network into its operations;
  • what is needed to exploit the results in Canada;
  • the potential for benefit to the Canadian economy and the relevant time frame;
  • the anticipated interaction of the organization's personnel with network researchers;
  • the nature and extent of the partner’s support (cash and in-kind); and, if applicable
  • a description of the R&D programs with details of any public funding received that is directly related to the application.

For Category B networks, the letter of support must also discuss:

  • the extent to which the objectives for the past network were met;
  • the involvement of the partner’s personnel in the network;
  • the impact the past network has had on the partner and the benefits which have accrued;
  • the motivation for supporting another Network application;
  • the expected level of interaction for the new Network.


Quotations are no longer required. The Quotations page on the On-line System does not need to be completed or submitted.

Relationship to Other Research Support

Use additional pages to provide the following information on all major research projects (over $100,000 annually) that are complementary or overlap with the proposed Network.

  • Clear and concise information on the research and budgetary relationship or difference between this application and other support (currently held or applied for). Also explain perceived duplication in funding or, if applicable, indicate how the NSERC application complements research funded by other sources.

University President Letter

You must provide a letter from the host university President or Vice-President of Research supporting your Network. The letter should outline the support from the host university for the proposed Network in terms of resources to be contributed to the Network, and state the importance of the Network to the host university.

Intellectual Property

In accordance with the Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks philosophy, it is proposed that all network partners have unrestricted, non-exclusive access to all intellectual property generated by the network. It is recognized that intellectual property management may differ between sectors and require a different approach to that proposed. Please be aware that all IP agreements must adhere to NSERC’s Policy on Intellectual Property.

Discuss plans for the protection and disposition of intellectual property arising from the grant. Outline the broad terms of the agreement between supporting organizations and academic institutions on the rights to exploit the technology being transferred (see Policy on Intellectual Property in the Program Guide for Professors).

Intellectual Property (Attachment)

If available, include a copy of the research or intellectual property agreement that exists between the academic institution and any supporting organizations (see Policy on Intellectual Property in the Program Guide for Professors).

Cover Letter

The cover letter is optional and should only be used if you wish to provide NSERC with additional information that will not be shared with external reviewers, such as a request that an individual or group of individuals not be involved in the review of your proposal. NSERC will take such a request into consideration. The cover letter must contain your name, the NSERC grant to which you are applying and the title of your application.

Note: This letter may be accessible to these individuals under the Privacy Act.

International Collaborator Letters

This letter should include details of how the parties would work together and benefit both countries. Details regarding training and networking should be included. Give a brief description of each letter and submit it as an attached file and upload under “Other Documents”.

Other Documents

If you need to provide other documents, such as a collaborator's curriculum vitae (C.V.), give a brief description of the document and submit it as an attached file.

Environmental Information Form (Appendix A)

An Environmental Information Form (Appendix A) must be completed and uploaded to the Environmental Impact page if required.

External Reviewer Suggestions – Appendix C

Applicants and their partner(s) are invited to suggest the names of at least 20 Canadian or international people (with a balance from academia, industry and government) who are competent to assess the technical aspects of their proposal. These suggestions should also take into consideration equity, diversity and inclusion, for example the list should include some women.

Give the name, complete mailing address, telephone and facsimile numbers, email address and the area(s) of expertise of potential external reviewers.

External reviewers should be able to review the proposal in the language in which it is written.

You may also request, in a cover letter, that some individuals or companies not be involved in the review of your application. Your request will be taken into account by NSERC.

Suggested external reviewers should not be in a conflict of interest. Refer to the This link will take you to another Web site Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations for more information. In addition, reviewers must sign the This link will take you to another Web site Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Agreement for Review Committee Members, External Reviewers, and Observers before they access the application material.


NSERC does not require original signatures on applications or other documents submitted electronically through its On-line System. The electronic submission of applications through this system represents approval and replaces the traditional "physical" or "wet" signatures. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions in the Program Guide for Professors for more details.

What do the Electronic or Original Signatures on the Application Mean?

For applicants

Before you, as an applicant or co-applicant, can submit your application to NSERC or link your Personal Data Form to an application, you must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of Applying that appear in a pop-up window during the submission process. It is your responsibility to retain a copy of the agreed Terms and Conditions for your records.

The signatures of the institutional authorities certify that:

  • the institution will abide by the roles and responsibilities as set out in the This link will take you to another Web site Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions with the three federal granting agencies, including the This link will take you to another Web site Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research;
  • the applicant and co-applicant(s) have met, or will meet, the eligibility requirements;
  • prior to submission of this application, the institution has obtained written approval from any other institutions involved in the application process;
  • if the applicant discloses any potential intellectual property (IP) arising from the research, he or she and the institution will endeavour to obtain the greatest possible economic benefit to Canada from the resulting commercial activity. Note: This requirement for disclosure is not intended to supersede any IP ownership policy that the institution already has in place.

The signatures of authorized officers of other supporting organizations certify that the organization:

  • agrees with the content of the application and will provide the committed resources;
  • agrees to the release of the public summary of the award and to the publication of the organization's name as a supporter of the initiative.

If you are both the applicant or co-applicant and a principal of a collaborating organization, another senior official must sign on behalf of the organization.

List for a Complete Application

Use the following list to make sure your application is complete.

  • Application for a Grant (Form 101)
    • Application Profile (including strategic target area, certification requirements, amounts requested)
    • Co-applicants, Collaborators
    • Summary of Proposal
    • Activity Schedule, Proposed Expenditures, Contributions from Supporting Organizations
    • Budget Justification (attachment), Contributions from Supporting Organizations (attachment)
    • Proposal (maximum 65 pages using the mandatory heading and numbering system outlined in the Proposal section, maximum 70 pages for Category B applications)
    • Literature References and Acronym List (attachment, not included in page count)
    • Intellectual Property (attachment) – if required
    • Relationship to Other Research Support (attachment)
    • Other Documents (attachment) – if required
      • Letters of Support from International Collaborators
    • Appendix A (Environmental Information Form) – if required
    • Appendix C (External Reviewer Suggestions)
  • Personal Data Form (Form 100 – for the applicant and each co-applicant)
    • Personal information (appointment, academic background, HQP)
    • Experience
    • Research Support
    • List of HQP
    • Contributions
    • Appendix A (Personal Data)
    • Appendix B (Eligibility Questionnaire) – if required
    • Appendix C (Description of Applicant's Activities) – if required
  • Information Required from Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships (Form 183A – for each supporting organization)
    • Letter of support from all supporting organizations. Each letter must be on official letterhead of the organization and include full contact information and title of the signatory. Letters from federal government departments must be signed at the Director General level or equivalent. Letters not meeting these requirements will be removed.