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
Formed May 1, 1978
Jurisdiction Government of Canada
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Annual budget CAD$ 1.1 billion (2015)[1]
Minister responsible
Website www.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 a federal agency of the Government of Canada that provides research funding for the natural sciences and engineering. NSERC promotes scientific discovery by funding postsecondary professors and students and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research and training.[2] Last year NSERC had an annual budget of $1.1 billion.

History[edit]

NSERC came into existence on May 1, 1978. University-based research had previously been supported through the National Research Council. It is a separate employer of the Government of Canada and 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.[3] On June 17, 2014, B. Mario Pinto was appointed President of NSERC, effective fall 2014.[4]

Types of grants and awards[edit]

Professors[edit]

NSERC offers research grants for a wide range of programs and projects, covering every discipline of the natural sciences and engineering. Some of its most popular grants include:[5]

  • Discovery Grants Program
NSERC’s flagship grant program for professors. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all advances in research, whether made individually or in teams. Researchers are free to work in the mode most appropriate for the research area.
  • 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 offers scholarships and fellowships. NSERC celebrates exceptional examples of research excellence with a wide range of awards. Some examples are:[6]

  • Undergraduate Student Research Award - 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

Institutions and Colleges[edit]

The College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program offers six types of grants:[7]

  • Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants
  • Applied Research Tools and Instruments (ARTI) Grants
  • College-University Idea to Innovation (CU-I2I) Grants
  • Innovation Enhancement (IE) Grants (Formerly CCI grants)
  • Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges (IRCC) Grants
  • Technology Access Centres (TAC) Grants

Grants for College Researchers:[8]

  • Idea to Innovation (I2I) Program
  • Interaction Grants

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]

  • Collaborative Research and Development Grants
  • Interaction Grants
  • Engage Grants
  • Industrial Research Chairs Program
  • Strategic Network Grants
  • Strategic 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. ^ Division, Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Communications. "NSERC - Chronicle of Past Events". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Division, Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Communications. "NSERC - Discover". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca. 
  6. ^ Division, Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Communications. "NSERC - Students and Fellows". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca. 
  7. ^ Division, Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Communications. "NSERC - College and Community Innovation Program". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca. 
  8. ^ Division, Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Communications. "NSERC - Grants for Colleges". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca. 
  9. ^ http://www.nsercpartnerships.ca/index-eng.asp

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