Presentation on theme: "Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)"— Presentation transcript:
1 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) ERA-Can+ Information SessionRichard IsnorManager, NSERC Atlantic Regional OfficeFredericton, 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 CanadiansPrioritiesPeople:Building our human capital in the natural sciences and engineeringDiscovery:Unleashing the creative power of our researchersInnovation:Connecting and applying the strength of our research capacity to the challenges and needs of industry and societyTotal NSERC Budget $1.11 B422
3 NSERC’s International Strategy Attract and retain the best mindsExpose students to training outside of CanadaStimulate global collaboration in priority areasStimulate global academic-business collaboration3
4 A. Attraction: become a magnet for top talent… Canada Excellence Research ChairsCanada Research ChairsBanting Postdoctoral FellowshipsVanier Canada Graduate ScholarshipsCompetitive Discovery Grants
5 Discovery Research Discovery Grants – A Unique Program Dynamic program based on excellence and peer reviewSupports on-going programs of research, rather than projects – continuity and stability in fundingCan 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 durationApprox. 65% of applicants are supported5
6 NSERC Discovery Grant Projects Jeff Dahn - Professor Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie UniversityNSERC/3M Canada Industrial Research Chair in Materials for Advanced BatteriesTier 1 Canada Research Chair in Battery and Fuel Cell MaterialsDiscovery Grant – Physics and Chemistry of Materials for Energy Storage; $620,800 over 5 yearsDiscovery 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 years2011 – $88,000 over two yearsDr. Yonghao NiProfessor, Chemical Engineering, UNBLimerick Pulp & Paper DirectorNSERC Engage Grants2012 – Two $25,000 awards2011 – One $24,350 award2011 – NSERC Discovery Grant$200,000 over five yearsResearch Tools and Instruments (RTI) Cat. 12012 – Co-applicant $99, 515 (applicant: C. Adam Dyker)2010 – Applicant $77,0002010 – Co-applicant $30,132 (applicant: Gerard Sean McGrady)*ACOA AIFMay 2013 – $1.5 million
8 Support for Mathematics & Statistics Connect with NSERC - Engagement Deck-e13/04/2017Support for Mathematics & StatisticsCollaborative 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 sciencesProvides a place where researchers meet, collaborate and exchange ideasContext: The program was launched on Feb 7, 2013Uses 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 IntentJune 1, 2013 – Invitation to Submit Full ApplicationNovember 1, 2013 – Full ApplicationDetailed description of the program on NSERC WebsiteContact 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 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.
10 NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) By Country of Tenure: 2010-11
11 Facilitating the mobility of students: NSERC CREATE NSERC CREATE Program in PhotovoltaicsJohn Preston, McMaster University$1.65 M over 6 yearsOne of the program’s goal is to offer each participant an international experiencePartner 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 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
13 Discovery FrontiersAddresses national priorities and global challengesTransformative, Integrative science with the potential for substantial impactInternational linkages required with Canada taking the leadership roleTeams of top Canadian researchersNo annual competition cycle, periodic calls – based on advice from COGS$1M/yr for 4 years1st 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 ChileDavid J. Sauchyn, University of ReginaUnderstanding 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
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 $32,000Powershift 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 TechnologyChina: Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityUSA: Cornell UniversityAustralia: University of SydneyNorway: Institute for Energy TechnologyJapan: Osaka University
19 NSERC Engage GrantsPandurang Ashrit: Dept of Physics, Université de MonctonEngage Grant: Advanced Thermal Effusivity and Conductivity Sensor Based on Thin FilmsCompany Partner: C-Therm Inc., Fredericton, NBAmount: 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 UniversityProject: 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 supportAmount Requested: $299,902 over 3 yearsNSERC Award: $299,902 over 3 years
22 Regional Opportunities Fund & Partnership Workshop Grants Help with bringing academic, government and industry research partners together – research planning, development of new research collaborationsROF: Used to support regional events and activities tied to development of academic-industry partnerships or industrial student trainingPWG - $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, ManagerTel:Location: Université de Moncton,Moncton NB