NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program

The NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that:

·         Encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities; and

·         Facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce.

These innovative programs must include the acquisition and development of important professional skills among students and postdoctoral fellows that complement their qualifications and technical skills.

In addition, these programs should encourage the following as appropriate:

·         Student mobility, nationally or internationally, between individual universities and between universities and other sectors;

·         Interdisciplinary research within the natural sciences and engineering (NSE), or at the interface between the NSE and health, or the social sciences and humanities. However, the main focus of the training must still lie within the NSE;

·         Increased collaboration between industry and academia; and

·         With the addition of the industrial stream, an additional objective is to support improved job-readiness within the industrial sector by exposing participants to the specific challenges of this sector and training people with the skills identified by industry.

To build on Canada’s research strengths and priorities and to enhance our success, at least 60 percent of the CREATE funding will be directed to the following priority areas:

·         Environmental science and technologies;

·         Natural resources and energy

·         Manufacturing (New)

·         Information and communication technologies

Complete information is available at:

http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/professors-professeurs/grants-subs/create-foncer_eng.asp (website may be updated for 2014 in the coming months)

LOI and Application Process

The University of Guelph may forward up to six (6)* Letters of Intent (LOIs)  in the upcoming NSERC CREATE 2014 competition, due May 1, 2013. Applicants successful at the LOI stage will be invited to submit full applications, due September 22, 2013.

The Office of Research invites interested faculty to submit an OR-5 Form, plus a  NSERC CREATE LOI (PDF), excluding the letter of institutional support from the VP Research, to Annette Clarke (acclarke@uoguelph.ca) by Thursday March 28, 2013.LOIs will be reviewed and adjudicated by Research Services Council. Institutional letters of support will be provided for those LOI’s selected to be forwarded to NSERC.

Applicants MUST meet with their Assistant/Associate Dean Research to discuss College support and then meet with the Associate Vice-President Research (Dr. John Livernois) to discuss institutional support prior to the submission of their LOI.

The application process has been modified from that of past competitions to allow time for mentoring, adjudication, and determination of institutional support.

LOI Internal Deadline: March 28, 2013.  

LOI Deadline to NSERC: May 1, 2013. Online submission to NSERC (By applicant, submissions not forwarded by Office of Research Services. Applicant to upload copies of signed letters of support.)


*Based on last year’s quota; quota for the current competition not available at the time of this release.

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