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1 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
ERA-Can+ Information Session Richard Isnor Manager, NSERC Atlantic Regional Office Fredericton, NB March 18, 2014

2 In a nutshell… Priorities People: Discovery: Innovation:
NSERC helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians Priorities People: Building our human capital in the natural sciences and engineering Discovery: Unleashing the creative power of our researchers Innovation: Connecting and applying the strength of our research capacity to the challenges and needs of industry and society Total NSERC Budget $1.11 B 4 2 2

3 NSERC’s International Strategy
Attract and retain the best minds Expose students to training outside of Canada Stimulate global collaboration in priority areas Stimulate global academic-business collaboration 3

4 A. Attraction: become a magnet for top talent…
Canada Excellence Research Chairs Canada Research Chairs Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Competitive Discovery Grants

5 Discovery Research Discovery Grants – A Unique Program
Dynamic program based on excellence and peer review Supports on-going programs of research, rather than projects – continuity and stability in funding Can be used to collaborate with colleagues abroad in a variety of ways including fieldwork, research conferences, collaborative trips and stipends for students and visiting researchers. Typically 5 years duration Approx. 65% of applicants are supported 5

6 NSERC Discovery Grant Projects
Jeff Dahn - Professor Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University NSERC/3M Canada Industrial Research Chair in Materials for Advanced Batteries Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Battery and Fuel Cell Materials Discovery Grant – Physics and Chemistry of Materials for Energy Storage; $620,800 over 5 years Discovery Grant Accelerator in 2012 – 3 year $40,000/yr

7 Linking Discovery to Innovation
NSERC Collaborative Research & Development Grants (CRD) 2012 – $199,000 over three years 2011 – $88,000 over two years Dr. Yonghao Ni Professor, Chemical Engineering, UNB Limerick Pulp & Paper Director NSERC Engage Grants 2012 – Two $25,000 awards 2011 – One $24,350 award 2011 – NSERC Discovery Grant $200,000 over five years Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Cat. 1 2012 – Co-applicant $99, 515 (applicant: C. Adam Dyker) 2010 – Applicant $77,000 2010 – Co-applicant $30,132 (applicant: Gerard Sean McGrady) *ACOA AIF May 2013 – $1.5 million

8 Support for Mathematics & Statistics
Connect with NSERC - Engagement Deck-e 13/04/2017 Support for Mathematics & Statistics Collaborative and Thematic Resources Support in Mathematics and Statistics (CTRMS) Targeted funding for thematic resources to promote partnerships (national and international) within the mathematical and statistical sciences Provides a place where researchers meet, collaborate and exchange ideas Context: The program was launched on Feb 7, 2013 Uses existing funding already in the Math/stats community. Could be possible to extend this mechanism to other disciplines if they are willing to work within their DG funding. When is next competition? In two years time when BIRS is due for renewal. All Math Institutes must apply to this program in order to be considered for renewal. Total competition budget? Recommendation from the LRP was that the institutes (including BIRS) should be funded at 19% of the DG budget for math/stats. This is close to the current funding level of the institutes. The Collaborative and Thematic Resources Support in Mathematics and Statistics (CTRMS) Program reflects recommendations made in the Long Range Plan for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Research in Canada, which was developed by a committee of leading researchers from the mathematics and statistics research communities. Collaborative and thematic resources promote and trigger national and international interactions within the mathematical and statistical sciences and provide a place where researchers meet, collaborate and exchange ideas. These resources provide an environment that serves to accelerate research in the mathematical and statistical sciences. They also foster partnerships and interactions with different disciplines, serving as an important element for advances in interdisciplinary research. Examples of already existing thematic resources includes PIMS, CRM and Fields Math Institutes. Application Deadlines: May 1, 2013 – Letter of Intent June 1, 2013 – Invitation to Submit Full Application November 1, 2013 – Full Application Detailed description of the program on NSERC Website Contact person : Madeleine Bastien

9 B. 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 knowledge Main support vehicles available for students to study abroad: NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training Experience) CGS - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement Students 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 labs Canada 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.

10 NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) By Country of Tenure: 2010-11

11 Facilitating the mobility of students: NSERC CREATE
NSERC CREATE Program in Photovoltaics John Preston, McMaster University $1.65 M over 6 years One of the program’s goal is to offer each participant an international experience Partner countries include: US, Italy, Germany, Australia, India and China

12 C. Focus on priority areas
As a global research community, we share many of the same research challenges – working together we can accelerate finding the solutions Some of the tools: NSERC Discovery Frontiers Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence G8 Funding Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding International Research Initiative on Adaption to Climate Change (2011) ERA Can+ Horizon 2020

13 Discovery Frontiers Addresses national priorities and global challenges Transformative, Integrative science with the potential for substantial impact International linkages required with Canada taking the leadership role Teams of top Canadian researchers No annual competition cycle, periodic calls – based on advice from COGS $1M/yr for 4 years 1st successful DF : Arctic Development and Adaptation to Permafrost in Transition (ADAPT) – led by W. Vincent, U of Laval. 13

14 International Research Initiative on Adaption to Climate Change (2011)
6 awards resulting from a special competition involving teams of Canadian and international researchers from low and middle income countries. Each team received $2.5 million over five years to study how best to protect people, communities and vital economic sectors, like agriculture and tourism, that are most at risk from the effects of climate change. Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Extremes in the Americas Fernando Santibañez, Universidad de Chile David J. Sauchyn, University of Regina Understanding of the vulnerability of rural agricultural and indigenous communities to climate variability and extreme climate events in Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia.

15 D. 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

16 SNG

17 NSERC Strategic Project Grants
NSERC Strategic Research Project “Aggregated load control using electric domestic water heaters and smart meters” involving Liuchen Chang, Howard Li, and Julian Meng, UNB. NSERC Strategic Project Grant investment $100,000; NB Power investment of $32,000 Powershift Atlantic - Four year research project led by UNB in partnership with the 3 Maritime electrical utilities (NS Power, NB Power, PEI Maritime Electric). Total investment of $32M. $15.9M from the federal Clean Energy Fund, $16M from the three participating utilities. Study changing patterns of power consumption, help electricity companies alter energy production to reduce GHG emissions. Liuchen Chang, UNB

18 NSERC Magnesium Network (MagNEt)
International Linkages: Korea: Research Institute of Science and Technology, Korean Institute of Material Science, Pohang University of Science and Technology China: Shanghai Jiao Tong University USA: Cornell University Australia: University of Sydney Norway: Institute for Energy Technology Japan: Osaka University

19 NSERC Engage Grants Pandurang Ashrit: Dept of Physics, Université de Moncton Engage Grant: Advanced Thermal Effusivity and Conductivity Sensor Based on Thin Films Company Partner: C-Therm Inc., Fredericton, NB Amount: NSERC $25,000 cash; C-Therm:$16,900 (in-kind) Project Objective: To develop a new generation of thermal sensors based on thin film technology for use in C-Therm’s thermal analyzer.

20 NSERC Collaborative R&D Projects
Matthew Litvak, Department of Biology, Mount Allison University + Amanda Cockshutt, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mount Allison University Project: Development of efficient techniques for promoting early maturation, detection of sex and maximization of growth in shortnose sturgeon for aquaculture production. Company Partners: Breviro Caviar Ltd. $50,000 cash per year for 3 years + in-kind support Amount Requested: $299,902 over 3 years NSERC Award: $299,902 over 3 years

21 NSERC Collaborative R&D (CRD) Funding Trends

22 Regional Opportunities Fund & Partnership Workshop Grants
Help with bringing academic, government and industry research partners together – research planning, development of new research collaborations ROF: Used to support regional events and activities tied to development of academic-industry partnerships or industrial student training PWG - $25K awards for national research planning events that can lead to new collaborations. NSERC support normally helps pay for academic travel, workshop logistics, hospitality, room rental, AV support etc.

23 Partnerships Workshops Grants
Grants of up to $25,000 for: R&D planning workshops that will lead to new collaborations between Canadian academics and end user organizations (e.g. government, industry). Can include international linkages and participation, travel costs can include international partners. 23

24 www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca NSERC-Atlantic For More Information Contact
Richard Isnor, Manager Tel: Location: Université de Moncton, Moncton NB


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