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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.


2019 Competition Deadlines

Funding Program

RSO Deadline**

NSERC Deadline

U of A Signatures Required

Alliance Grant - Limited Option 1 - > $150,000 per year (continuous intake, applications accepted after May 21, 2019 Five business days No deadlines  Yes
Strategic Partnership Grants - Networks (if invited by NSERC) Feb 8 Feb 22 Yes
CREATE LOI U of A internal adjudication Mar 23 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

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.


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

New: Self-Identification Data Collection in Support of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

As of Summer 2018, NSERC is asking all applicants for funding competitions (grants, scholarships, and fellowships) to self-identify with information on age, gender, Indigenous identity, and status as a member of a visible minority group or person with a disability.