NSERC RTI Operations and Maintenance Support for Research Facilities




New Pilot Funding Opportunity - Research Tools & Instruments (RTI) Operations and Maintenance Support for Research Facilities 2017


NSERC is introducing a new pilot funding opportunity to its Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Initiative. The Operations and Maintenance Support to Research Facilities funding opportunity aims to facilitate access for Canadian university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering to regional and national research facilities in Canada by contributing to their operations and maintenance costs. This new opportunity has been launched in time for the 2017 Research Tools and Instruments competition. Grants will help regional and national Canadian research facilities cover their operations and maintenance costs for one or two years, with contributions of up to $150,000 per year. 


Please refer to NSERC’s overall eligibility criteria for more information.

  • Applicants must hold a minimum three-year appointment (fulltime, contract or adjunct) in an academic position with a firm offer in writing at the time of application;
  • Please note that a facility cannot be supported by this funding opportunity if it is also supported through the Major Science Initiatives Fund of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Funding Availability

$2 Million for a total of 10 to 20 awards

Maximum Project Value


Indirect Costs


Project Duration

One or two years

Special Notes

The number of applications submitted to this funding opportunity is not restricted by NSERC’s university quotas set for the RTI program. In the Identification page of the application, the application title must begin with ‘Operations and Maintenance Support. See important note in the instructions if the request is for two years of support. Quotations are not applicable for this request.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your final application/proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

Office of Research Services submits to NSERC.

How To Apply

The RTI program has transitioned to the Research Portal. To apply, sign in to the Research Portal to submit an Application, which must be linked to a completed NSERC Canadian Common CV (CCV) for each applicant and each co-applicant.  Applications are reviewed and submitted to NSERC by the Office of Research Services. See important note in the instructions if the request is for two years of support. Quotations are not applicable for this request.

Information for Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least 5 days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

As a co-applicant you must accept the invitation from the Principal Investigator as specified in the invitation email to prepare your section of the Application. In the Research Portal, complete the Eligibility Profile, upload your NSERC CCV and provide the required information. 

For More Information

NSERC’s Program Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions

For Questions, please contact

NSERC – 613-995-5829

Annette Clarke, Grants Officer
Office of Research, Research Support Services
519-824-4120 x56927