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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

NSERC is one of the Tri-Council Agencies, along with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). All research that is funded by the Tri-Council Agencies must be in accordance with the  Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions. This agreement describes the basic requirements for obtaining and maintaining institutional eligibility to administer research funds. For a full listing of NSERC deadlines, please click here.


2018 Competition Deadlines

Funding Program

RSO Deadline**

NSERC Deadline

U of A Signatures Required

Strategic Partnership Grants - Projects LOI
Jan 25  Feb 1  Yes*
Strategic Partnership Grants - Projects 
May 31  June 7 Yes
Strategic Partnership Grants - Networks Preliminary application
Mar 26 Apr 1 Yes
Strategic Partnership Grants - Networks (if invited by NSERC)   Feb 8 Feb 15 Yes
CREATE LOI U of A internal adjudication   TBD n/a  No
CREATE LOI Apr 24  May 1 Yes
CREATE full application  Sept 17 Sept 22 Yes
Subatomic Physics RTI Category 1 Oct 16 Oct 25 Yes
Subatomic Physics RTI Category 2 and 3 NOI  None Aug 1 No
Subatomic Physics RTI Category 2 and 3 Sept 24 Oct 1 Yes
Subatomic Physics MRS NOI
None Aug 1 No
Subatomic Physics MRS Sept 24 Oct 1 Yes
Subatomic Physics Discovery Projects >$500,000/yr NOI  None  Aug 1 No
Subatomic Physics Discovery Projects >$500,000/yr   Sept 24 Oct 1 Yes
RTI Category 1 (Application Checklist) Oct 16 Oct 25 Yes
Discovery Grants NOI None Aug 1 No
Discovery Grants  Oct 22  Nov 1  Yes
Engage Five business days No deadlines*** Yes
Engage Plus   Five business days No deadlines Yes
Collaborative Research and Development  (PI Checklist) Five business days  No deadlines  Yes

* As a result of extensive consultations with the community on NSERC 2020, NSERC has added a Letter of Intent (LOI) stage to the application process starting with the 2017 competition cycle. The LOI stage will be mandatory for all applications to Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects (SPG-P).

**Your faculty may have additional internal submission deadline requirements. Please contact your research facilitator for more information.

*** Engage applications submitted after 10 pm MST on February 1st, 2018 will count towards the NSERC 2018/2019 fiscal year limit.


For a complete list of NSERC Application Deadlines and Notification of Decisions click here. If you have any questions, please contact your research facilitator.