Networks of Centres of Excellence - Expressions of Interest in advance of official launch


Government of Canada Networks of Centres of Excellence


 Networks of Centres of Excellence

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See:  Creating a Network of Centres of Excellence


The 2019 Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) competition is expected to launch within the next few weeks.  As announced in the March 2016 Research Alert, the Office of Research Services will support the development of a limited number of letters of intent (LOIs) in the competition.  Any interested researchers who are in the process of developing a LOI or who wish to apply must submit an internal Expression of Interest. Submission of the internal Expression of Interest is the mandatory first step in the NCE application process.

Expressions of Interest will include

  • Title of proposed NCE
  • University of Guelph lead researchers;
  • Draft list of universities, participating researchers, primary contributing stakeholders; anticipated industry partners and receptor communities
  • List of THREE recommended scientific reviewers of the proposed NCE who may be researchers outside of the University who are participating in the proposal

Please note that applicants will be required to attend a face to face consultation meeting with the internal NCE Advisory Panel, chaired by Dr. John Livernois, Associated Vice-President Research Services. At the consultation meeting, applicants will present their NCE vision and research program.  Applicant needs and resources will also be discussed. Consultation meetings are expected to occur in mid to late July.

For definition of the above terms, please see


NCEs are large-scale, academic-led virtual research networks that bring together multi-disciplinary partners from academia, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations. Networks perform R&D as well as translation and commercialization activities. They also enable Canadian researchers and students to work with receptor communities to accelerate the creation and application of knowledge.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

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Office of Research

Ailsa Kay, Manager, Strategic Research Programs
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x58321

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