Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
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|Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada|
|Formed||May 1, 1978|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Canada|
|Headquarters||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Annual budget||CA$ 1.1 billion (2015)|
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC; French: Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada) 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. 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. 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, and are collectively referred to as the "Tri-Council".
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. 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), B. Mario Pinto (2014-2018), while on June 25, 2019, Alejandro Adem was appointed President of NSERC, effective October 1, 2019.
Types of grants and awards
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:
- 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
NSERC celebrates exceptional graduate and undergraduate scientific research excellence.
- 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
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:
- 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
- Canadian government scientific research organizations
- Canadian university scientific research organizations
- Canadian industrial research and development organizations
- Higher education in Canada
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