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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

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.

2017 Fall Competition Deadlines

Funding Program NSERC NOI* RSO Deadline** NSERC Full
Subatomic Physics RTI Category 1 N/A Oct 16 Oct 25
Subatomic Physics RTI Category 2 and 3 Aug 1 Sept 25 Oct 2
Subatomic Physics MRS Aug 1 Sept 25 Oct 2
RTI Category 1 (Application Checklist) N/A Oct 16 Oct 25
Discovery Grants Aug 1 Oct 20 Nov 1
Subatomic Physics Discovery Projects >$500/yr Aug 1 Sept 25 Oct 2

* No U of A signatures are required at the NOI stage.

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

Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects

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 for the Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects, starting with the 2017 competition cycle. The LOI stage will be mandatory for all applications to Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects (SPG-P). Following an evaluation by the Strategic Projects Selection Panels, a select number of LOIs will be invited to submit full applications. This process will reduce the effort of the research community in preparing applications and result in a higher success rate overall.

For a complete list of NSERC Application Deadlines and Notification of Decisions click here. Please refer to NSERC’s website periodically for information and updates. If you have any questions, please contact