The NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks (SPG-N) competition funds large-scale, multidisciplinary research projects that will strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society, and/or environment. Research and training under these grants must be conducted through a partnership between academic researchers and Canadian-based industry or government organizations.
The goal of the Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks is to:
- generate new knowledge/technology with the strong potential to strengthen Canada’s industrial base, generate wealth, create employment and/or influence Canadian public policy within the next 10 years;
- increase the number of highly qualified personnel in the specified target areas;
- enable the transfer of knowledge/technology and expertise to Canadian-based companies or to government organizations.
Proposals must address one or more of the following target areas:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Environment and Agriculture
- Information and Communications Technologies
- Natural Resources and Energy
The applicant should be an established researcher with a solid track record in collaborative research, student training and grant management, with demonstrated leadership skills necessary for managing a complex, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional project.
Strategic Networks may be national, regional, or under exceptional circumstances, local. NSERC encourages applicants to incorporate international collaborations into their proposals and Network proposals are required to have an international engagement strategy.
NSERC has two application categories – A and B:
- The proposed network will investigate a new collection of research objectives that do not build on previous network-scale activities and that have never been funded through an NSERC network grant, a Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) grant, or other federal or provincial network-scale granting programs. The network applies for SPG-N funds between $500,000 and $1 million in Year 1, and $500,000 and $1.125 million per year in Years 2 through 5, for a maximum request of $5.5 million.
- The proposed network will build upon a collection of research objectives that have been previously funded through an NSERC network grant, an NCE grant, or other federal or provincial network-scale granting programs. The network can request NSERC funding between $500,000 and $1 million in Year 1, and between $500,000 and $1.125 million per year in Years 2 through 5, for a maximum request of $5.5 million.
The anticipated budget for the 2019 SPG-N competition is expected to result in up to two new awards.
To be funded, a SPG-N proposal must meet the following requirements:
- The network must support the goal of Strategic Partnership Grants and fall within the context of the identified target areas of the competition year.
- The objectives and scope of the network must be well-defined and the research results achievable within a five-year time frame.
- The network must involve a minimum of five academic researchers who are eligible to receive NSERC funding, from at least three separate departments, faculties or institutions.
- The network must have the strong commitment and active involvement of Canadian-based partners from relevant sectors (industrial, government), as appropriate for the research area. These organizations must be involved in all stages of the network, from development of the proposal to exploitation of the research results for the benefit of Canada.
- The network must have a strategy for international collaboration, which may involve establishing or enhancing Canada’s leadership role, leveraging international partners’ expertise and/or facilitating dialogue for international collaboration in areas of mutually beneficial interest to further network goals.
- The network must offer opportunities for enhanced training of highly qualified personnel that takes advantage of the multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral environment of a network.
- The network must have an appropriate management structure to direct, manage and integrate its activities.
- The network must have a strategy for knowledge and technology transfer to all stakeholders and the general public, as appropriate, that conforms to NSERC’s Policy on Intellectual Property (IP).
EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Network applicants must outline the measures that will be implemented to advance gender equity within the structure of the proposed network and its activities. Examples include strategies for any of the following:
- Increasing gender equity in the composition of the research team and group of trainees;
- Ensuring equitable mentorship of all trainees;
- Initiatives aimed at ensuring an equitable and inclusive research and work environment;
- The implementation of networking and leadership training events within the network that highlight gender equity.
INTERNAL NOMINATION AND REVIEW PROCESS
Applicants must notify their Faculty and the Office of Research Services (by email, to firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible about their intention to apply. Doing so will ensure that researchers receive adequate support in application preparation.
An internal Notice of Intent (iNOI) is required and will be reviewed by the Strategic Project and Opportunities Review Team (SPORT). Feedback will then be provided to applicants to ensure that only the most competitive applications are advanced. The iNOI consists of the following components:
- iNOI Form – see attached
- Memo from the Dean that explains the alignment of the proposed network with the strategic objectives of the Faculty and indicates financial and/or other resource commitments.
- A description of the proposed Network (Category A – 12 pages max, Category B – 16 pages max) that includes the following:
- Proposed research and fit with the target area(s);
- Need for a network approach to the proposed research;
- Strengths and track record of the applicant to lead a large multi-institutional team of researchers;
- Expertise, involvement and role of the key researchers in the network;
- Extent of involvement of partners in all stages of the network;
- Potential for international collaborations that could contribute to attaining network objectives;
- Management structure;
- Plans for training highly qualified personnel;
- Benefits to Canada and the partners;
- Estimated annual budget, including funds requested from NSERC and estimated in-kind and cash (if applicable) contributions from the partners;
- For Category B networks only – details about previous network activities and a justification for additional network funding.
The iNOI must be emailed to Maheen Hasan, Strategic and Institutional Research Specialist (email@example.com) by noon on February 25, 2019.
|February 25, 2019||iNOI Submission Deadline|
|Mid-March 2019||SPORT Feedback|
|March 25, 2019||ORS Deadline for Draft of Completed Application|
|April 1, 2019||NSERC Deadline for Preliminary Application|
|July 15, 2019||NSERC Invitation to Apply|
|February 15, 2020||NSERC Deadline for Full Application|
Enclosed: York iNOI Form
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