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We invest in:. Discovery. Innovation. EXCELLENCE. Competitive research in science and engineering, providing access to new knowledge from around the world. Productive use of new knowledge in all sectors of the economy and society. People.

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We invest in:

Discovery

Innovation

EXCELLENCE

Competitive research in science and engineering, providing access to new knowledge from around the world

Productive use of new knowledge in all sectors of the economy and society

People

Highly skilled,well educatedand capable oflifelong learning

Our goal is Canadianexcellence in:

CREATING KNOWLEDGE

Discovery Grants for basic researchin the universities

We do this throughpeer-reviewedcompetitionsin three programs

Prosperity and high quality of life for Canadians

Science and Engineering

Research Canada

vision and mission

USING NEW KNOWLEDGE

Partnerships of universities with industry and other sectors for project research

WORKING IN ALL AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate students, postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and some university faculty

NSERCalso works towards its goals by exertingINFLUENCE beyond our program reach

agenda
Agenda
  • New at NSERC
  • 2005 Competition Results
    • Discovery Grants
    • Research Tools and Instruments
  • Preparing a Grant Application
nserc update
NSERC Update
  • President’s term is ending
  • Reallocations Exercise
  • NSERC Regional Offices
  • Electronic submission of applications
reallocations exercise
ReallocationsExercise
  • For 2006 and 2007 DG applications, check the Web to see what reallocations funds are available from the implementation of the 2002 Reallocations Exercise.
  • Reallocations Exercise in its current format has been terminated.
  • Future allocation mechanism currently being developed.
nserc regional offices
NSERC Regional Offices

What they do:

  • Ensure a visible presence in the region
  • Promote participation in the programs
  • Participate in activities to promote science and math education

Status:

  • Atlantic – Moncton (N.B.), operating since July 2004
  • Prairie – Winnipeg (Man.), starting to operate in September 2005
  • British Columbia – Location TBD, Opening late 2005
  • Ontario & Québec – Location TBD, 2006-07
electronic submission of applications
Electronic Submission of Applications
  • Fall 2004: 68% of the applications were received electronically
  • Improvements for the 2005 competition:
      • Increased technical capacity
      • Better stress tests
      • Pre-converted PDF attachments
program updates
Program Updates
  • Form 180 – New Deadline: August 1
  • RTI Changes
  • Five-year Grants
  • Reporting HQP – Required Consent
  • Northern Research Supplements
  • NSERC Prizes
form 180 intent to apply
Form 180: Intent to Apply
  • For Discovery Grants, Discovery Project Grants (Subatomic Physics only), and/or University Faculty Award (UFA) applications
  • Used to initiate the competition process
  • Can have adverse consequences if not submitted
  • First time applicants who have not yet submitted

Form 180 should do so immediately

NEW DEADLINE: August 1

research tools and instruments categories 1 2 3
Research Tools and Instruments – Categories 1, 2 & 3

* NSERC accepts applications for equipment costs up to $250K but only $150K can be requested from NSERC

five year grants
Five-year Grants
  • Discovery Grant - Standard duration is five years
  • Smoothing Exercise is ongoing: Extending a portion of four-year grants to five-year grants
northern research
Northern Research

International Polar Year Projects

  • Request for Proposal through SRO program
  • One time initiative
  • Deadline: November 7, 2005

Northern Research Supplements

  • Up to $10K for logistical support associated with

research in the North

  • Duration of supplement = Duration of DG
  • Application deadline: Nov. 1 (same as DG)
  • Separate application required
  • Salaries are not an eligible expense
are you eligible
Are You Eligible?
  • Hold, or have a firm offer of, an academic appointment at a Canadian university (minimum three-year term position)
  • Position requires independent research and allows supervision of students
  • Researchers holding a position of any kind outside Canada must spend a minimum of six months per year at an eligible Canadian institution (NEW)

Inform NSERC when a change in your status occurs (including sabbatical and leave periods)

form 180 intent to apply1
Form 180: Intent to Apply
  • For Discovery Grants, Discovery Project Grants (Subatomic Physics only), and/or University Faculty Award (UFA) applications
  • Used to initiate the competition process
  • Can have adverse consequences if not submitted
  • First time applicants who have not yet submitted

Form 180 should do so immediately

NEW DEADLINE: August 1

a complete grant application must include
A Complete Grant Application Must Include:
  • Form 101: Application for a Grant with supporting documentation
  • Form 100: Personal Data form for applicant and ALL co-applicants with appropriate appendices
  • Samples of research contributions (reprints)
  • Environmental Assessment, if required
selection criteria
Merit of the proposal

Excellence of the researcher(s)

Training of highly qualified personnel (HQP)

Need for funds

FORM 101

FORMS 100 & 101

Selection Criteria
merit of the proposal

FORM 101

Merit of the Proposal
  • Originality and innovation
  • Significance and expected contribution to research
  • Clarity and scope of objectives
  • Clarity and appropriateness of methodology
  • Feasibility of program
excellence of researcher s

100 & 101

Excellence of Researcher(s)
  • Knowledge, expertise and experience
  • Contribution to research
  • Importance of contributions
  • Complementarity of expertise and synergy

for group application

training of hqp

100 & 101

Training of HQP
  • Quality and extent of past and potential contributions
  • Appropriateness of proposed work for training
  • Training in collaborative or interdisciplinary environment
need for funds

100 & 101

Need for Funds
  • Appropriateness and justification of budget
  • Other sources of funding
    • Availability
    • Relationship to current proposal
additional considerations
Additional Considerations

Within the framework of the selection criteria, the

committees consider factors such as:

  • The potential/merit/plans of new applicants
  • Applicant’s role in collaborations
  • The context of Interdisciplinary/Engineering and Applied Science
  • Appendix C for Adjunct / Emeritus and Part-timeProfessors
personal data form tips

FORM 100

Personal Data Form Tips
  • List ALL sources of support (past four years)
  • Describe five most significant research contributions
  • List other research contributions (1999-2005)
  • Describe contributions to training (1999-2005)
  • Give other evidence of impact of work
  • Explain any delays in research activity
application tips

FORM 101

Application Tips
  • Write summary in plain language
  • Provide a progress report on related research
  • Position the research within the field
  • Articulate short- and long-term objectives
  • Provide a detailed methodology
  • Describe plans for training
application tips1

FORM 101

Application Tips
  • Prepare realistic budget
    • And look at the Reallocations opportunities
  • Discuss any relationship to other research support
  • Address previous GSC comments, directly or indirectly
rti category 1

FORM 101

RTI- Category 1
  • What research is being done with equipment?
  • Justify each item
  • Explain need and urgency of overall request
  • Suitability of proposed equipment for research program
  • Indicate impact on training
final advice
Final Advice
  • Use the 2005 Web version of forms/guide
  • Read all instructions carefully
  • Follow presentation standards
  • Ensure completeness of application
  • Remember that two audiences read your application
  • Ask colleagues for comments on your application
  • Read other proposals
discovery programs budget 2005 06 millions of dollars
Discovery Programs Budget 2005-06(millions of dollars)

Total: $388

1 MFA total includes Canadian Light Source funding from NRC ($3M) and Budget 2004 ($1M).