Important Dates 

Noon Thursday April 1, 2021 - 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 6, 2021

4:30 pm Monday April 26, 2021 - 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 3, 2021 - 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

Roundtable with Evaluator/CREATE Leaders

10:30 - noon 

March 15, 2021

Registration is open

Editorial Research Facilitator Review

Full Application (TBD)

Submit draft applications to your Research Facilitator

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 Webinar, February 4, 2021: 

English Presentation: CREATE information session recording 
Password: pXdycBD7 

CREATE Webinar 2021 (If you have a problem viewing this in Chrome, use FireFox or Explorer)

CREATE Program Information LOI (instructions for completing for 187)