Research Tools and Instruments (RTI)


Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment.  The RTI grants program provides the primary avenue for university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering to obtain up to $150,000 in support for research tools and instruments. 

NSERC will only accept the following requests:

  • for tools and instruments that form a comprehensive system intended to support NSERC-funded research in the natural sciences and engineering. A comprehensive system is one in which each tool or instrument forms part of an integrated system of operation to support the research program(s)
    • requests that bundle unrelated tools and instruments together will not be accepted
  • for the purchase of new, used or refurbished equipment, for the repair, upgrade or rental of equipment, or for the fabrication of equipment that is not readily available off the shelf
  • for equipment that is purchased or rented after the application deadline

Deadlines: 4 pm October 18 - internal deadline to be received through the Researcher Home Page for RSO review and approval to submit.  Ensure you submit early enough to obtain department and faculty approval prior to this deadline.

10 am October 25 (submission in the Research Portal) - NSERC Applications deadline

Support for Applicants

NSERC RTI Program pre-recorded video Please view the video before joining the RTI Q&A sessions

NSERC RTI Q&A WebinarTuesday September 7, 2021(english) and Thursday September 30, 2021(english) at 11:00 am - 12:00 noon (MDT) or Thursday September 9, 2021(french) and Tuesday September 28, 2021 (french) at 11:00 am - 12:00 noon (MDT).  These sessions will be dedicated to answering application questions.  Please view the RTI Program pre-recorded video and come to these sessions with your questions.

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Application Q&A

The Mechanical Engineering Department Research Planning Committee (RPC) in collaboration with colleagues from ALES and Science are offering a Zoom workshop on "NSERC RTI” at 12 pm MT on August 25, 2021.

In the session, we will cover the submission structure and evaluation criteria. After that, there will be a round table Q&A with past winners: Catherine Field (ALES), Matthew Macauley (Science), and Lexuan Zhong (Engineering).

The duration will be 1 hour and we will share a recording and ppt after the session.

Please sign up here if interested and a Zoom link will be provided.

Important Note Regarding the Grant Library

We request that while using these sample applications to guide your own grant development you refrain from duplicating or distributing them.  Request a sample of successful applications from the Research Services Library

Useful Links and Resources

Research Portal
Canadian Common CV