Presentation on theme: "NSERC International Overview"— Presentation transcript:
1NSERC International Overview Rick WarnerManagerPacific Regional OfficeApril 2014
2Canadian Federal S&T Structure Prime Minister of CanadaPARLIAMENTIndustry CanadaCABINETMinister of HealthMinister of IndustryMinister of State (S&T)Research and Research Training FundingGranting Agencies:Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC)Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)Foundations:Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)Genome CanadaResearch and Development FundingCanada Revenue Agency’s Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax CreditsNational Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)Industry Canada’s Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI)Research Performed in Federal LabsNational Research Council (NRC)Science-based Departments & Agencies:Agriculture & Agri-Food CanadaCanadian Space AgencyDepartment of Fisheries & OceansEnvironment CanadaHealth CanadaNatural Resources Canada (NRCan)Research inuniversities, colleges andteaching hospitalsIndustrial Research
3NSERC Vision and Priorities Vision: NSERC helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all CanadiansPriorities:PeopleBuilding our human capital in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting 30,000 students and postdoctoral fellows.DiscoveryUnleashing the creative power of our researchers by funding more than 11,000 professors for their research programs.InnovationConnecting and applying the strength of our research capacity to the challenges and needs of industry and society by funding research projects with over 2,400 Canadian companies.Total Budget$1.07 billionDoes not conduct research itself and has no research laboratoriesGoverned by an 18 member Council appointed by government with representation from academia, industry and governmentNearly 400 employeesHeadquarters in Ottawa and five regional offices across Canada33
4People: Developing the best & the brightest Highly skilled science and engineering professionals in CanadaSupporting students and fellows through scholarships and fellowshipsGiving students an opportunity for research exposure in industry and to be a part of innovative teamsDeveloping entrepreneurial skills and business acumenAttracting and retaining facultyDr. Isabel Trigger and Dr. Oliver Stelzer-Chilton are research scientists at TRIUMFThey both have received Postgraduate Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships from NSERC
5Discovery: Supporting World Class Research High quality Canadian-based research in the natural sciences and engineeringFunding and promoting excellence in fundamental researchLaying the foundation for innovationAccelerating the impacts of transformative researchTraining students (our future) in stimulating research environmentsArcticNet researchers cataloguing polar data5
6Innovation: Connect, Collaborate, Prosper The Strategy for Partnerships and Innovation increases academic – business partnerships and student research experiences in businessScience and engineering knowledge and skills are transferred to and used by companiesOn track to double the number of industry partners by (1500 to 3000 in 5 years)Integrated suite of partnership options increase:Student experiences in business environmentIndustry-driven collaborative researchApplied research in collegesCommercialization of academic inventionsFocus on national strategic prioritiesRegional offices work with local and regional agencies to create partnerships
7TECHNOLOGY MATURITY MARKET MATURITY NSERC support spans the Research continuum – maximizing the potential for impactStrategic Partnerships(Government Priorities)Centres for Commercialization and ResearchBusiness-LedNetworksDiscovery Grantsbasic research; research applied to industryClean EnergyQuebec Consortium forDrug Discovery (CQDM)Chemistry(reduce use of water in oil sands production)Ecology/ HydrogeologyParticlePhysicsUltrasonic detectionof manufacturingdefectsGreenCentreCanada (GCC)Industry-driven programTECHNOLOGY MATURITYMARKET MATURITYTRAINING IN INDUSTRYTRAINING IN UNIVERSITIESCollege andCommunity InnovationProgramInnovative WastewaterTreatment Technologies
8Strengthening Canada’s Position Connect with NSERC - Engagement Deck-e12/04/2017Strengthening Canada’s PositionVision Through excellence and openness, Canadian scientists and engineers will become leaders in international research for the benefit of Canada and the world.GoalsNSERC will increase the excellence, visibility and impact of Canadian NSE research and talent by:working to attract the best foreign students, researchers and companies to conduct research in Canada and in partnership with Canadians; andpromoting the leadership and contribution of Canadian scientists and engineers to address priorities and challenges for Canada and the international community.
9Strengthening Canada’s Position Connect with NSERC - Engagement Deck-e12/04/2017Strengthening Canada’s PositionObjectives NSERC’s international strategy aims to:leverage Canada’s investment in research, infrastructure and training;access a broader pool of talent, scientific expertise and technical skills;create a destination of choice for the training of foreign research talent;raise the profile of Canadian university-based research;facilitate the pooling of knowledge, resources and expertise to address complex global issues; andattract technology-based investments to Canada.
10NSERC’s International Strategy Attract and retain the best mindsExpose students to training outside of CanadaStimulate global collaboration in priority areasStimulate global academic-business collaboration10
11A. Attraction: become a magnet for top talent… Canada Excellence Research ChairsCanada Research ChairsBanting Postdoctoral FellowshipsVanier Canada Graduate ScholarshipsCompetitive Discovery Grants
12B. Provide students with international experience… Students exposed to opportunities to study/research abroad establish important lifetime connections, as well as gaining access to specialized facilities and knowledgeMain support vehicles available for students to study abroad:NSERC Postgraduate ScholarshipsNSERC Postdoctoral FellowshipsCREATE (Collaborative Research and Training Experience)CGS - Michael Smith Foreign Study SupplementStudents gain international experience, knowledge and networks that they bring back to Canada. They experience and gain insight into different cultures. This experience advances their research and benefits their future employers whether industry or academia. Providing access to these international opportunties is a goal of NSERC.NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships – tenable at Canadian or foreign universities - almost all of the PGSM are taken outside Canada; at the PGSD level 20% are held outside Canada; (note: CGS (Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Scholarships can only be held in Canada).NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships – can be held at: Canadian universities and research institutions, as well as universities and research centres abroad; 55-60% of PDF awards are held outside Canada.CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program) – agreement for integrated training programs between Canada and Germany allowing students to be part of international teams and move between labsCanada Graduate Scholarship - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS)250 awards annually to Canadian CGS holders (80 to NSERC) for international research study periods of 3 to 6 months in duration.
13C. Focus on priority areas As a global research community, we share many of the same research challenges – working together we can accelerate finding the solutionsSome of the tools:NSERC Discovery FrontiersCanada-India Research Centre of ExcellenceG8 Funding Initiative on Multilateral Research FundingInternational Research Initiative on Adaption to Climate Change (2011)ERA Can+ Horizon 2020
14D. Collaborate with industry and other partners… Fertile ground…academic-industry collaborations benefit Canadian researchers and companies; linking these to international collaborations builds even greater strength and accelerates innovation
16Opportunities for European Researchers Foreign researchers can collaborate with Canadian academics through NSERC funded projects:Stipends can be provided for foreign visiting researchers (limited to a maximum of $2,000 per month for up to 125 days per year) not including travel and subsistence costsEncouraged to work in partnership with Canadians either in peer-to-peer collaborations or as members of international research teamsStudents from foreign countries can apply for NSERC’s top graduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships programs:Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships | Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
17Opportunities for European Researchers Program of funding for frontier research in the life sciences.Emphasis on novel collaborations between biology and physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering.Sponsored by funders from Australia, Canada (NSERC, CIHR), EU, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland (SER), UK, USA.Bilateral science and technology (S&T) agreement between Canada and the EU.Canadian researchers are eligible for funding under some Horizon 2020 opportunities.Era-Can+ promotes cooperation between the EU and Canada in STI, including collaboration within the context of Horizon 2020 opportunities.Janet Walden (NSERC), Member of the ERA-CAN+ Advisory Board
19Igniting New Research Partnerships Through Engage Grants 445 new collaborations in first year, 88% with SMEs272 companies new to NSERC Partnerships (>10% increase)187 researchers new to Partnerships ProgramsDecisions in 4-6 weeks