Important Dates 

Noon Friday April 1, 2022 - Letter of Intent (LOI) internal VP(Research & Innovation) adjudication (submit LOI to Research Facilitator)

LOI needs to include the following

i) Name of the lead applicant
ii) Title of Proposal
iii) A five page proposal containing the information requested in the “Outline of Training Program” (two pages) and “Excellence of Proposed Team of Researchers” (three pages) sections of the CREATE program. Details about these sections can be found at
iv) Form 100 (Personal Data Form) for the lead applicant

Internally selected CREATE applicants will be informed the week of April 4, 2022

4:30 pm Monday April 25, 2022 - RSO deadline on VP(Research & Innovation) approved LOI 

Submit a copy of the fully completed LOI as a single PDF document to RSO via an LOl request on their Researcher Home Page. Applicants should check with their Department/Faculty for any additional internal submission deadlines. The details of overall institutional support will need to be confirmed by this time for inclusion in the institutional support letter. The letter is to be drafted by the Faculty/applicant and submitted to Katharine Moore in the Office of the Vice-President (Research and Innovation) for review and signature by the Vice-President.

Before 6:00 pm May 2, 2022 - Letter of Intent (LOI) submission to NSERC on their ebiz system

TBD - NSERC decision on LOI and invitation to submit full application

September 15, 2021 - RSO internal deadline

September 22, 2021 - CREATE Application submission to NSERC (by invitation only)

TBD - Notification of results

Application Development Resources



Request samples of successful LOI and/or Full applications


Request Sample from Grant Library

*Must be a faculty member

CREATE info session

noon - 1pm 

March 8, 2022


CREATE info session

12:30 - 1:30pm March 9, 2022


Note: For information about budget development and issues concerning NSERC or the UofA policy, please contact your Research Facilitator.

Important Note Regarding the Grant Library

We would like to extend our gratitude to researchers who contributed this valuable resource to the GRANT Library.

It is important to note that the sample grants in our library reflect applications submitted to competitions over the past few years. As the requirements and formats for applications are continuously evolving, please check the most up to date information posted by NSERC to ensure your CREATE application meets the current competition guidelines.

We also request that while using these sample applications to guide your own grant development you refrain from duplicating or distributing them.


CREATE Overview


CREATE Program Information LOI (instructions for completing for 187)

2021 Create Information for new grantees on:
  • Tuesday, September 28th (in English) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm EDT; or
  • Wednesday, September 29th (in French) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm EDT

How to access the meeting:

1-844-426-4405 Canada Toll Free or

+1-613-714-9906 Canada Toll (Ottawa)

Access code: 641 359 231

The purpose of the information session is to help address the progress reporting requirements and any questions you may have as you launch your programs. We will also be covering the administrative principles and the financial management of your CREATE grant in the presentation.