Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

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The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada
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Agency overview
FormedMay 1, 1978
JurisdictionGovernment of Canada
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Annual budgetCAD$ 1.1 billion (2015)[1]
Minister responsible
Websitewww.nserc-crsng.gc.ca

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC; French: Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada) is the largest funder of scientific research in Canada. NSERC promotes scientific discovery by funding university professors and students and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research and training.[2] With funding from the Government of Canada, NSERC supports the world-class research of over 41,000 talented students and professors at universities and colleges across the country with an annual budget of $1.1 billion.[3]

History[edit]

NSERC came into existence on May 1, 1978. University-based research had previously been supported through the National Research Council of Canada. It reports to Parliament through the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. It is governed by a Council composed of the president and up to 18 members appointed from the private and public sectors.[4] On June 17, 2014, B. Mario Pinto was appointed President of NSERC, effective fall 2014.[5] On June 25, 2019, Alejandro Adem was appointed President of NSERC, effective October 1, 2019.[6]

Types of grants and awards[edit]

Professors[edit]

NSERC offers research funding for a wide range of programs and projects covering every discipline of the sciences and engineering. Some of its most well funded programs include:[7]

  • Discovery Grants Program
NSERC’s flagship program is a braintrust of more than 11,000 research professionals and 30,000 students. NSERC Discovery investments create world-firsts in knowledge and build the foundation for innovation. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all advances in research.
  • Discovery Accelerator Supplements Program
  • Collaborative Health Research Projects Program
  • Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program
  • Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program

Students and fellows[edit]

NSERC celebrates exceptional graduate and undergraduate scientific research excellence.[8]

  • Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) - Most prestigious undergraduate research award in Canada
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships - Most prestigious masters research award in Canada
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships - Most prestigious postdoctoral research award in Canada

Partnership programs[edit]

NSERC has Research Partnerships Programs to help foster collaborations between university researchers, colleges and other sectors (including government and industry) to develop new knowledge and expertise, transfer it to Canadian-based organizations and meet the objectives of the Government of Canada’s Science & Technology Strategy on innovation, including:[9][10]

  • Collaborative Research and Development Grants
  • Celebration Grants
  • Interaction Grants
  • Promotion Grants
  • Strategic Exploration Grants
  • Engage Grants
  • Develop Grants
  • Industrial Research Chairs Program
  • Strategic Network Grants
  • Special Project Grants

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Public Accounts of Canada 2015 Volume II Section 16 - Industry Program Activity". Government of Canada. 2015. Retrieved 21 Feb 2017.
  2. ^ Division, Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Communications. "NSERC - NSERC's Vision". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca.
  3. ^ Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2016-06-28). "NSERC - Dashboard". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  4. ^ Division, Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Communications. "NSERC - Chronicle of Past Events". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca.
  5. ^ Canada, Government of Canada,Innovation, Science and Economic Development (17 June 2014). "Canada News Centre - Archived - Dr. B. Mario Pinto Appointed President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada". news.gc.ca.
  6. ^ "Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan announces new President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada". Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  7. ^ Division, Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Communications. "NSERC - Discover". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca.
  8. ^ Division, Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Communications. "NSERC - Students and Fellows". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca.
  9. ^ http://www.nsercpartnerships.ca/index-eng.asp
  10. ^ Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2016-06-28). "NSERC - Discover". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca. Retrieved 2018-11-14.

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