Per the revised quotas introduced by NSERC at the beginning of CY 2016, researchers are now limited to receive only one Engage award per NSERC fiscal year. While the fiscal year does not actually end until March 31, the NSERC Finance department closes in early March to permit year-end account reconciliations. Please be aware of the following important deadlines:
- February 1, 2018 is the last date for the university RGO to click ‘submit’ for an Engage application that they/the applicant wish to have result in an award assigned to the current NSERC fiscal year. This means that NSERC Engage applications should be received by the Office of Research by January 22, 2018 to ensure there is ample time to review and submit.
- Applications submitted online to NSERC as of February 2, 2018 will automatically fall into the new 2018 fiscal year.
- Engage Plus awards are not subject to the new, one-per-fiscal-year quota, nor do they count against an applicant’s Engage quota. Therefore, the above deadlines have no relevance in the case of Engage Plus applications.
- For researchers intending to submit an application for Engage Grant funding by way of the special ‘VIP1-Engage’ joint-funding opportunity that NSERC offers in collaboration with the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the deadline for projects to be submitted to OCE will be January 19th, 2018. Again, this means that NSERC Engage applications should be received by the Office of Research by January 8, 2018 to ensure there is ample time to review and submit.