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 (1978-05-01)
JurisdictionGovernment of Canada
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Annual budgetCA$ 1.1 billion (2015)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
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, CRSNG) is the major federal agency responsible for funding natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. NSERC directly funds university professors and students as well as Canadian companies to perform research and training.[2] With funding from the Government of Canada, NSERC supports the research of over 41,000 students, trainees and professors at universities and colleges in Canada with an annual budget of CA$1.1 billion in 2015.[3] Its current director is Alejandro Adem.

NSERC combined with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research forms the major source of federal government funding to post-secondary research. These bodies are sometimes collectively referred to as the "Tri-Council"[4] or "Tri-Agency".[5]

History[edit]

NSERC came into existence on 1 May 1978 under the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Act which was passed in an omnibus manner by the government of Pierre Elliot Trudeau.[6] 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 its president and up to 18 members appointed from the private and public sectors[7] and an executive team of eight persons.[8]

President[edit]

Past presidents include Gordon M. MacNabb (1978-1986), Arthur W. May (1986-1990), Peter Morand (1990-1995), Tom Brzustowski (1995-2005), Suzanne Fortier (2006-2013), and B. Mario Pinto (2014-2018).[9] On 25 June 2019, Alejandro Adem was appointed President of NSERC, effective October 1, 2019.[10]

Grants and awards[edit]

Professors[edit]

NSERC offers research funding for programs and projects covering every discipline of the sciences and engineering.[11]

Students and fellows[edit]

NSERC provides awards, scholarships, and fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students for scientific research.[12]

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.[13][14]

In February 2021, The Globe and Mail reported that NSERC partnered with Huawei in which the company contributed over CAN $4.8 million in funding for research.[15]

NSERC is also a sponsor of Women in Science and Engineering Newfoundland and Labrador (WISE NL).

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. ^ Government of Canada, Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (2019-04-01). "Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans – TCPS 2 (2018)". ethics.gc.ca. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  5. ^ Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2019-12-18). "NSERC - Inter-Agency, Tri-Agency Financial Administration". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  6. ^ 1976-77, c. 24, s. 24
  7. ^ Division, Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Communications. "NSERC - Chronicle of Past Events". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca.
  8. ^ Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2016-06-28). "NSERC - Executive Team". Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  9. ^ "NSERC - Past Presidents". Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  10. ^ "Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan announces new President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada". Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  11. ^ Division, Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Communications. "NSERC - Discover". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca.
  12. ^ Division, Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Communications. "NSERC - Students and Fellows". www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca.
  13. ^ "Connect. Collaborate. Prosper. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada". Archived from the original on 2011-11-12. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Fife, Robert; Chase, Steven (15 February 2021). "Ottawa partners with Huawei to fund university research despite security concerns". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 15 February 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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