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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.


Upcoming NSERC Webinars on How to Complete a Discovery Grant Application

In preparation for the submission of Discovery Grant applications, NSERC will host webinars to assist the research community on “How to complete an application” using the Research Portal and the NSERC Canadian Common CV (CCV).

Dates and links for webinars:

  How to complete an application (English session) Comment remplir une demande (French session)
Dates  Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (MST)
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (MST)
Open to
Members of the research community across Canada
Members of the research community across Canada
Conference number
1 877-413-4790
1 877-413-4790
Conference ID
7462843
7462843
Link http://nsercofcanada.adobeconnect.com/complete-application/
http://nsercofcanada.adobeconnect.com/complete-application/

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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.

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.