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NSERC International Overview. Rick Warner Manager Pacific Regional Office April 2014. Canadian Federal S&T Structure . Prime Minister of Canada. PARLIAMENT. Industry Canada. CABINET. Minister of Health. Minister of Industry. Minister of State (S&T).

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NSERC International Overview

Rick Warner


Pacific Regional Office

April 2014

canadian federal s t structure
Canadian Federal S&T Structure

Prime Minister of Canada


Industry Canada


Minister of Health

Minister of Industry

Minister of State (S&T)

  • Research and Research Training Funding
  • Granting Agencies:
  • Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
  • Foundations:
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
  • Genome Canada
  • Research and Development Funding
  • Canada Revenue Agency’s Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credits
  • National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
  • Industry Canada’s Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI)
  • Research Performed in Federal Labs
  • National Research Council (NRC)
  • Science-based Departments & Agencies:
  • Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Department of Fisheries & Oceans
  • Environment Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada(NRCan)

Research in

universities, colleges and

teaching hospitals

Industrial Research


NSERC Vision and Priorities

Vision: NSERC helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians



Building our human capital in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting 30,000students and postdoctoral fellows.


Unleashing the creative power of our researchers by funding more than 11,000 professors for their research programs.


Connecting and applying the strength of our research capacity to the challenges and needs of industry and society by funding research projects with over 2,400Canadian companies.

  • Total Budget 2013-14
  • $1.07 billion
people developing the best the brightest
People: Developing the best & the brightest

Highly skilled science and engineering professionals in Canada

  • Supporting students and fellows through scholarships and fellowships
  • Giving students an opportunity for research exposure in industry and to be a part of innovative teams
  • Developing entrepreneurial skills and business acumen
  • Attracting and retaining faculty

Dr. Isabel Trigger and Dr. Oliver Stelzer-Chilton are research scientists at TRIUMF

They both have received Postgraduate Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships from NSERC


Discovery: Supporting World Class Research

  • High quality Canadian-based research in the natural sciences and engineering
  • Funding and promoting excellence in fundamental research
  • Laying the foundation for innovation
  • Accelerating the impacts of transformative research
  • Training students (our future) in stimulating research environments

ArcticNet researchers cataloguing polar data

innovation connect collaborate prosper
Innovation: Connect, Collaborate, Prosper

The Strategy for Partnerships and Innovation increases academic – business partnerships and student research experiences in business

  • Science and engineering knowledge and skills are transferred to and used by companies
  • On track to double the number of industry partners by 2014-15 (1500 to 3000 in 5 years)
  • Integrated suite of partnership options increase:
      • Student experiences in business environment
      • Industry-driven collaborative research
      • Applied research in colleges
      • Commercialization of academic inventions
      • Focus on national strategic priorities
  • Regional offices work with local and regional agencies to create partnerships

NSERC support spans the Research continuum – maximizing the potential for impact

Centres for Commercialization and Research




Canada (GCC)


College and

Community Innovation


Quebec Consortium for

Drug Discovery (CQDM)

Innovative Wastewater

Treatment Technologies

Industry-driven program

Ultrasonic detection

of manufacturing


Strategic Partnerships

(Government Priorities)

Discovery Grants

basic research; research applied to industry

Clean Energy


(reduce use of water in oil sands production)







strengthening canada s position
Strengthening Canada’s Position

VisionThrough excellence and openness, Canadian scientists and engineers will become leaders in international research for the benefit of Canada and the world.


NSERC will increase the excellence, visibility and impact of Canadian NSE research and talent by:

  • working to attract the best foreign students, researchers and companies to conduct research in Canada and in partnership with Canadians; and
  • promoting the leadership and contribution of Canadian scientists and engineers to address priorities and challenges for Canada and the international community.
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Strengthening Canada’s Position

Objectives NSERC’s international strategy aims to:

  • leverage Canada’s investment in research, infrastructure and training;
  • access a broader pool of talent, scientific expertise and technical skills;
  • create a destination of choice for the training of foreign research talent;
  • raise the profile of Canadian university-based research;
  • facilitate the pooling of knowledge, resources and expertise to address complex global issues; and
  • attract technology-based investments to Canada.
Attract and retain the best minds

Expose students to training outside of Canada

Stimulate global collaboration in priority areas

Stimulate global academic-business collaboration

NSERC’s International Strategy

a attraction become a magnet for top talent
Canada Excellence Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Competitive Discovery Grants

A. Attraction: become a magnet for top talent…
b provide students with international experience
B. Provide students with international experience…

Students exposed to opportunities to study/research abroad establish important lifetime connections, as well as gaining access to specialized facilities and knowledge

Main support vehicles available for students to study abroad:

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships

CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training Experience)

CGS - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

c focus on priority areas
C. Focus on priority areas

As a global research community, we share many of the same research challenges – working together we can accelerate finding the solutions

Some of the tools:

  • NSERC Discovery Frontiers
  • Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence
  • G8 Funding Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding
  • International Research Initiative on Adaption to Climate Change (2011)
  • ERA Can+ Horizon 2020
d collaborate with industry and other partners
D. Collaborate with industry and other partners…

Fertile ground…academic-industry collaborations benefit Canadian researchers and companies; linking these to international collaborations builds even greater strength and accelerates innovation

opportunities for european researchers
Opportunities for European Researchers
  • Foreign researchers can collaborate with Canadian academics through NSERC funded projects:
  • Stipends can be provided for foreign visiting researchers (limited to a maximum of $2,000 per month for up to 125 days per year) not including travel and subsistence costs
  • Encouragedto work in partnership with Canadians either in peer-to-peer collaborations or as members of international research teams
  • Students from foreign countries can apply for NSERC’s top graduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships programs:
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships | Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
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Opportunities for European Researchers
  • Program of funding for frontier research in the life sciences.
  • Emphasis on novel collaborations between biology and physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering.
  • Sponsored by funders from Australia, Canada (NSERC, CIHR), EU, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland (SER), UK, USA.
  • Bilateral science and technology (S&T) agreement between Canada and the EU.
  • Canadian researchers are eligible for funding under some Horizon 2020 opportunities.
  • Era-Can+ promotes cooperation between the EU and Canada in STI, including collaboration within the context of Horizon 2020 opportunities.
  • Janet Walden (NSERC), Member of the ERA-CAN+ Advisory Board
contact us
Contact Us

NSERC Corporate Planning & Policy

Jean Saint-VilDirector


Tel.: 613-943-3590

Andrew GrosvenorInternational Policy Advisor


Tel.: 613-992-3445

igniting new research partnerships through engage grants
Igniting New Research Partnerships Through Engage Grants
  • 445 new collaborations in first year, 88% with SMEs
  • 272 companies new to NSERC Partnerships (>10% increase)
  • 187 researchers new to Partnerships Programs
  • Decisions in 4-6 weeks