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NSERC Reps Meeting Monday Nov 23, 2009. Outline. Regional Office Background What’s New at NSERC: Strategy for Partnerships and Innovation: - Interact and Engage Grants - New RPP Directorate for Regional Offices - Reorientation of the Regional Opportunities Fund - i2i Booster.

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NSERC Reps Meeting

Monday Nov 23, 2009


  • Regional Office Background

  • What’s New at NSERC:

    Strategy for Partnerships and Innovation:

    - Interact and Engage Grants

    - New RPP Directorate for Regional Offices

    - Reorientation of the Regional Opportunities Fund

    - i2i Booster

Canada’s Funding-Granting Agencies for Academic Research

Natural Sciences & Engineering

Social Sciences & Humanities



Tibor Turi, P.Eng.


Sarah O’Neill

Communications & Promotion

John Jackson, P.Eng.

Research & Innovation Development

The nserc vision
The NSERC Vision

To connect and apply the strength of the academic research system to addressing the opportunities and challenges of building prosperity for Canada.

Dr. Suzanne Fortier - President, NSERC

The NSERC Vision

Translate knowledge into

wealth, wellness and well-being



Providing a sustainable competitive advantage throughan integrated approach to Science & Technology…





Build on research strengths; Generate new ideas

Attract, retain & grow a leading base of knowledge workers







Regional Offices

  • Decision by Council (2003)

  • Five offices across Canada (Atlantic, Québec, Ontario, Prairies, Pacific)

  • Consultations with stakeholders in each region

  • Four staff for each office

  • Small discretionary budget for local actions

  • Why Regional Offices?

  • Bring perspectives and intelligence from across the country

  • With budget and visibility increased, NSERC needed to be better known

  • Academic community only has a partial knowledge of NSERC Programs

  • Opportunity to forge linkages at local level

  • Opportunity to exercise more influence

Regional Offices – What they do

  • Ensure a visible presence in the region

  • Gather information in/about the region

  • Sensitize NSERC about the needs of the region

  • Act as a local source of information about NSERC programs and activities

  • Promote increased and improved participation

  • Facilitate partnerships among federal and provincial governments, industry, NGOs

  • Support NSERC Reps

Division of RO-HQ Responsibilities


HQ Program


Regional Offices

Regional Intelligence

Determine Program Criteria

& Manage Program Budgets

Analysis of regional

program performance

Interaction events



Follow-up on referrals

regional partners

(e.g. ACOA; IRAP)

Manage Peer Review & Project

Selection Process

Ensure conditions Met

(e.g. IP Agreement)

Monitor Projects/Deliverables

Targeted ROF

Industry Associations

& Company Outreach

Focus of Activities: Enhancing Research, Training and Innovation

Partnerships Between Post Secondary Institutions and Business

Strategy for partnerships and innovation spi
Strategy for Partnerships and Innovation (SPI)

  • Focused on making academic-industry collaboration easier

  • Funds for early actions are from reallocation of RPP budget

  • Discovery Grants will remain NSERC’s flagship program

  • Launching the last week of Nov (27th in Ontario)

  • You will receive a letter and attachment outlining the strategy in full shortly

Interact and engage grants
Interact and Engage Grants


  • Increase the engagement of potential university-industry research collaborators;

  • Foster new university-industry partnerships;

  • Actively engage existing relationship builders involved in the Canadian innovation system (e.g. university-industry liaison offices, industry associations, government agencies/organizations, etc.) in working together to achieve the first two goals.


  • Help researchers visit potential partner companies to explore possible partnerships


  • Support research teams doing small capability-demonstration projects with industrial partners.

Old Mandate


Enhance the regional presence of NSERC

Enhance regional participation in NSERC programs

Enhance regional promotion of science and engineering research

New mandate
New Mandate

  • Enhance opportunities for collaboration between regional post secondary institutions and the business community

  • Enhance regional awareness, understanding and application to NSERC partnership and industrial scholarship programs

NSERC Regional Offices are being integrated into the

Research Partnerships Directorate

Effective October 1, 2009

New Priorities for Regional Offices

New challenge: Outreach with industry and forging links between industry and academia

  • Increase awareness of NSERC partnership programs with industry

  • Promote industry programs with SME industries

  • Create links between academia and industry

  • Increase presence and participation with stakeholders that may have an influence on the industry sector to create new opportunities

Reorientation of the regional opportunities fund
Reorientation of the Regional Opportunities Fund

  • $1000-$5000 grant for regional events related to science and engineering

  • No longer being used on science promotional events

  • New funding objective:

  • Events that support the development of research collaborations

  • Events that encourage Ontario researchers to apply to RPP.