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Canadian research funding

Canadian Research Funding

Canadian High Commission

Canberra, Australia

Sciences, Engineering & Health


Research councils in sciences engineering and health

Research Councils in Sciences, Engineering and Health

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

    • Invests in people, discovery and innovation to advance knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering

    • Funds more than 10,000 university professorsevery year

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

    • Funds research that improves Canadians' health, health care system and quality of life

    • Supports up to 10,000 researchers and trainees in universities, teaching hospitals, and research institutes across Canada

  • National Research Council (NRC)

    • Government of Canada's premier organization for research and development, since 1916

    • Research areas: aerospace, biotechnology, engineering and construction, fundamental sciences, industry, information and communications and manufacturing


Overview of eligibility by research council

Overview of Eligibility by Research Council

  • NSERC programs

    • Foreign researchers may be collaborators on a Canada-based research team/project

    • Foreign applicants may apply for specific postdoctoral fellowships

  • CIHR programs

    • Foreign researchers may be co-applicants on a Canada-based research team/project

    • Foreign applicants may apply for specific postdoctoral fellowships

  • NRC programs

    • Foreign applicants are eligible for postdoctoral fellowships only


Natural sciences and engineering research council nserc

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

www.nserc.ca


Definitions and eligibility

Definitions and Eligibility

  • Principal applicantand co-applicant(s):

    • Must hold an academic appointment at an eligible Canadian university or college

  • Collaborators:

    • May be a foreign researcher

    • Must be qualified to undertake research independently

    • Will be expected to contribute to the overall intellectual direction of the research project or program of research

    • Will be expected to bring your own resources to the collaboration (i.e. self-funded)

  • Foreign applicants may apply for the postdoctoral fellowship:

    • Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories


Tools to find a canadian researcher

Tools to find a Canadian Researcher

  • NSERC Awards Search Engine

    • Information on NSERC funded projects since 1991

    • Allows foreign researchers to identify Canadian researchers that received NSERC funds in specific fields of research

    • www.nserc.gc.ca/programs/result/database.htm

  • NSERC Chairholder Database:

    • Connect with Canada’s leading scientists and engineers

    • Profiles of chairholders’ activities, keyword search, contact information

    • www.nserc.gc.ca/partners/chairs_e.asp

  • Canada Research Chairs:

    • Profiles of each of the Canada Research Chairs

    • www.chairs.gc.ca/web/chairholders/index_e.asp


What do nserc grants fund

What do NSERC Grants Fund?

  • Direct cost of research (general principle)

  • NSERC does not fund indirect or overhead costs

  • NSERC also allows:

    • Salaries and stipends for research personnel (e.g. students, research associates, technicians, postdoctoral fellows, etc.)

    • Visiting researchers’ stipends – limited to a maximum of $2,000 per month for up to 125 days per year

    • Travel and subsistence costs for field work, research conferences, collaborative trips, archival work and historical research (for any research personnel associated with the grant)

  • Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants:

    • Buying and developing research equipment and installations


Evaluating nserc grants

Evaluating NSERC Grants

  • Scientific or engineering excellence of the researcher(s)

    • Knowledge, expertise and experience

    • Past or potential impact on the proposed area of research

    • Group synergy (where applicable)

  • Merit of the proposal

    • Originality and innovation

    • Significance and expected contributions to research

    • Clarity of objectives and methodology

    • Feasibility

  • Contribution to the training of highly qualified personnel

    • E.g. postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, technicians

  • Need for funds

    • Appropriateness of, and justification for, the budget

    • Availability of other sources of funding


Discovery grants dg group projects

Discovery Grants (DG) - Group Projects

  • Ongoing programs of research with long-term goals

  • Recognise the creativity and innovation at the heart of research advances

  • Recipients may use the grant for new research activities, not covered in original application (within NSERC’s mandate)

  • Around 3000 applicants each year (1/3 are first time applicants)

  • Success rate as high as 73%

  • Grants are awarded for 1 to 5 years

  • Average size of grant is $32,000 per year (some as high as $200,000 per year)

  • Total funding in 2005-06 was $320 million


Special research opportunities sro

Special Research Opportunities (SRO)

  • Unique, emerging, timely or urgent opportunities

  • Must be novel, high-risk or have a strong potential for breakthrough

  • SRO grants do not support:

    • Ongoing research and collaboration

    • Research projects eligible for other NSERC programs (e.g. DG)

  • Also pre-research activities involving researchers in Canada and abroad

    • To investigate and develop potential new collaborative projects

    • Typically for a workshop or short series of meetings

  • Must have defined milestones and objectives

  • Grants are for up to 3 years


Collaborative health research projects

Collaborative Health Research Projects

  • Jointly funded by NSERC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

  • Collaborative research projects in any field of the natural sciences and engineering and the health sciences

  • Program objectives:

    • Advance knowledge and technologies to improve the health of Canadians

    • Encourage collaboration and integration of expertise between natural sciences or engineering and health researchers

  • Awards are for up to 3 years


Visiting fellowships in canadian government laboratories

Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories

  • Recent doctoral graduates of any nationality

  • Opportunity for emerging scientists and engineers

  • Work with research groups in Canadian government departments and agencies, including:

    • Agriculture, Conservation, Environment, Fisheries and Oceans, Food Inspection, Health, Industry, Defence, Natural Resources, Parks, etc.

  • Value is C$42,761 per year

  • Term is 1 year, renewable for up to 2 more years

  • 450-500 applications made each year

  • 150 fellowships offered each year (varies)

  • 1/3 of fellowships awarded to foreign applicants


Nserc grants deadlines

NSERC Grants Deadlines

Guidelines and Application Forms Online At:

www.nserc.gc.ca/intnew.htm


Canadian institutes of health research

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

www.cihr.ca


Definitions and eligibility1

Definitions and Eligibility

  • Principal applicant:

    • Must be employed by an eligible Canadian institution for the entire duration of the grant

    • Must be an independent researcher (i.e. not under the supervision of another person who is directing the research)

  • Co-applicants:

    • May be an independent researcher, a research associate, a trainee, or a foreign researcher

  • Collaborators:

    • Provide a special service (e.g. technicians) and do not contribute to the intellectual direction of research

  • Foreign applicants may apply for the postdoctoral fellowship:

    • CIHR Fellowships


What do cihr grants fund

What do CIHR grants fund?

  • Direct cost of research (general principle)

  • CIHR does not fund indirect or overhead costs

  • CIHR also allows:

    • Salaries for research associates, research assistants and technicians

    • Honoraria for guest lecturers

    • Travel and subsistence costs for field work, research conferences, collaborative trips, archival work and historical research (for any research personnel associated with the grant)

    • Research equipment and supplies, including staff training for specialized equipment

    • Computers and electronic equipment essential to the research


Overview of cihr grants

Overview of CIHR Grants

  • Open Grants Competition

    • E.g. Operating Grants, Team Grants

    • Applications in March and September

    • 3800 new applications each year

  • Strategic Initiatives Competitions

    • Calls for applications in specific areas of research

    • Check CIHR website for current opportunities

    • Includes International Collaborative Partnerships

  • Overall 900 new awards each year

  • Most grants are funded for up to 5 years

  • Currently more than 10,000 researchers hold CIHR grants

  • In 2005-2006 the total grant expenditure was $650 million


Cihr operating grants

CIHR Operating Grants

  • All areas of health research

  • Research projects conducted by individuals or groups of researchers

  • Foreign researchers may only apply as co-applicants in a group project

  • Grants awarded for 2 to 5 years

  • Shorter grants may be awarded for pilot projects and feasibility studies

  • Average grant is $122,000 per year for 4-5 years


Cihr team grants

CIHR Team Grants

  • Health research best approached through a collaborative team, in all areas of health research

  • Teams of at least three independent investigators, each with proven track record in collaborative projects

  • Foreign researchers may be included as additional team members (i.e. co-applicants)

  • Up to C$ 1 million per grant for a maximum of 5 years


International collaborative indigenous health research partnership on resilience

International Collaborative Indigenous Health Research Partnership on Resilience

EXAMPLE ONLY: Applications are not currently open

  • Collaborative funding program offered by CIHR, HRC New Zealand and NHMRC Australia

  • Supports research in the area of indigenous health

  • 5 year program (2002-2007)

  • 7 full applications were received

  • 3 teams were funded

  • CIHR’s contribution was $5.5 Million


Cihr fellowships

CIHR Fellowships

  • Open to Canadians and citizens of other countries

  • Must hold a PhD or professional health degree (or equivalent)

  • Candidates with more than 3 years post-PhD research training will not be considered

  • Fellowships are awarded for

    • Up to 3 years (for PhD holders)

    • Up to 4 years (for professional degree holders)

    • Up to 5 years (for professional degree holders who intend to complete their PhD as part of the fellowship)

  • Annual stipend is C$21,000 to $50,000 depending on applicant’s experience and qualifications


  • Cihr grants deadlines

    CIHR Grants Deadlines

    Guidelines and Application Forms

    Online At:

    www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca


    National research council nrc

    National Research Council (NRC)

    • NRC awards and fellowships generally recognise excellence by Canadian scientists and innovators

    • Foreign applicants may only apply for NRC Research Associateships (postdoctoral fellowship)

    www.nrc.ca


    Nrc research associateships

    NRC Research Associateships

    • Open to Canadian citizens and foreign nationals

    • Recent PhD graduates in science or engineering or Masters in engineering and 5 years experience

    • Salaried position from C$49,489 (PhD recruiting rate)

    • Appointments are for 2 years, extendable to a maximum of 5 years


    Nrc grant deadlines

    NRC Grant Deadlines

    Guidelines and Application Forms Online At:

    http://hia-iha.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/ra_e.html


    Contact us

    Contact Us

    Academic Relations/

    Canadian Education Centre

    Canadian High Commission, Canberra

    Phone: (02) 6270 4050 Fax: (02) 6270 4083

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: www.canada.org.au


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