Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is a departmental corporation of the Government of Canada and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry.
Through strategic investment in science and technology, NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports postsecondary and postdoctoral students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery by funding research conducted by university professors, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects and the training of highly qualified people. NSERC researchers are on the front line of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.
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). The Tri-Council Agencies are a major source of research funding for post-secondary institutions in Canada. 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.