Encouraging vaccine confidence in Canada

How to apply

Submit your application electronically via the Secure Submission Site for NSERC’s Innovative Collaborations and Science Promotion programs. Applications that are submitted by means other than the Secure Submission Site will not be accepted. For both the Program and Competition selection dropdowns, select Encouraging vaccine confidence in Canada. Combine all the parts of your application into a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.
Material or updates to your application received separately (before or after the deadline date) will not be accepted.

Your application must include:

The proposal (up to four pages) must include:

  • an executive summary of up to 150 words describing the nature and goals of the activity, the intended audience, and the planned impact; this executive summary will be available to the public if your proposal is funded
  • a description of the activities under headings corresponding to the selection criteria: Organization seeking funding, Quality of the activity, and Impact and reach, with subheadings corresponding to the indicators to measure these criteria
  • if applicable, an explanation of the impacts of COVID-19 on the activity and the plan to mitigate these impacts; NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the type and quality of proposed activities to differing extents, depending on the activity or geographic location(s)
  • the planned approach for promoting participation from a diverse group of people, while taking into account equity in participant recruitment/engagement and ensuring that promotion and capacity building activities are inclusive; this should be discussed under the “Quality of the activity” heading; NSERC’s, CIHR’s and SSHRC’s commitments in this area are described in the Tri-agency statement on equity, diversity and inclusion

Inclusive initiatives consist of activities in which all people are respected and have access to the same opportunities, and where each individual can reach their full potential, unimpeded by inequitable practices. All organizations must commit to implementing specific actions that acknowledge and address barriers (such as physical, procedural, visible, invisible, and unintentional) to participation in order to broaden access to the largest pool of potential participants and/or intended audience and to improve the impact of the activity.

The budget (up to two pages) must include:

  • anticipated expenses of the activity (break down expenses by category of expenditure: for example, salaries, equipment, materials and supplies, promotion, etc.)
  • any projected revenues for the activity (break down income by source: for example, federal government, provincial government, private sector, foundations, self-generated, post-secondary institution, etc.); if applicable, estimated in-kind contributions (salaries, equipment, space, etc.) should be clearly indicated and included as a separate category
  • justification for each budget item
  • explanation of any relationship and/or overlap, conceptual or financial, with other federal funding held by your organization 

You must submit proof of non-profit status, which may be a certificate of incorporation, an audited financial statement or a notification of registration. Such proof is not required for applications from post-secondary institutions.

Before you submit your application to NSERC, you must read and agree to the terms and conditions listed on the Terms and conditions of applying form. It is your responsibility to retain a copy of the agreed terms and conditions for your records. Note that NSERC may share applications with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Environmental impact

Presentation guidelines

  • Your application must conform to the general presentation guidelines set by NSERC. Applications that are incomplete or do not meet the presentation standards may be rejected or be at a disadvantage in the competition. Where page limits are stated, extra pages will be removed. The selection committee will receive only the documents requested by NSERC.
  • Do not include links to websites in application documents. Committee members will not consider any links in documents received.
What's next?
Review process

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