2017 NCE International Knowledge Translation Platforms initiative competition


NCE International Knowledge Translation Platforms (NCE-IKTP)

For More Information

NCE website

Information Regarding the Meaning of Signatures
Electronic Approval (NSERC)
CIHR - Meaning of Signatures on Applications

Information Regarding In-kind Eligibility
Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships
In-kind Eligibility Table (CIHR)

Tri-Agency Use of Grant Funds
Use of Grant Funds

Other Useful Resources
For more information on the NCE Program, the use of NCE funds, and other relevant NCE program information, consult the NCE Program Guide.

For more information on Management and Governance, see the NCE Resource Manual on Best Practices for Governance and Operations.

Visit the program’s websites for:

Competition Guide

Letter of Intent (LOI) Guide


The NCE-IKTP initiative falls under the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program, which is administered jointly through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in partnership with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Health Canada.

As an initiative of the NCE Program, the NCE-IKTP initiative builds upon the foundation of successful tri-agency collaboration. Day-to-day administration of the NCE-IKTP initiative is provided by the NCE Secretariat.

The NCE Secretariat has announced a competition to fund networks under a new initiative within the NCE suite of programs – the NCE-International Knowledge Translation Platforms (NCE-IKTP) initiative. The goal of the NCE-IKTP initiative is to support international collaborations between networks, centres, consortia and their partners to accelerate knowledge translation in areas of mutual strategic interest. Proposed networks must be driven to address key problems, challenges or opportunities of high strategic importance for the socio-economic benefit of partners and end users in Canada and abroad. 



Applications must be submitted by one or more researchers who are eligible to apply for funding under the policies and guidelines of at least one of the three federal granting councils (see eligibility criteria for CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) with the support of the Network Host (see below). Potential recipients must meet the general eligibility requirements of one or more of the three Granting Agencies partnering in the program. 

Maximum Project Value

Successful networks will be awarded up to $400,000 per year for four years, with the possibility of a 3-year renewal.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Four years

Special Notes

The Office of Research Services is willing to support the development of a limited number of letters of intent (LOIs) in the competition. Any interested researchers who wish to lead or participate in developing a LOI are invited to contact their college’s Associate/Assistant Dean Research and the Associate Vice-President Research (Dr. John Livernois) to discuss their ideas to establish a NCE as well as any support or resources which would be helpful to develop the LOI.

NCE–IKTP networks are expected to be multidisciplinary and to involve key individuals in a significant manner in areas that fall under the domains of two or more of the three federal granting agencies.

Successful NCE-IKTP networks must be incorporated federally as a not-for-profit corporation under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act before funds can be received.

The LOI must describe the problem(s), challenge(s), or opportunity(ies) that the network’s proposed Platform will address, as well as its vision, socioeconomic context, budget and key participants. An outline of the proposed Platform activities is also required. It should also summarize how the proposed Platform will address the five NCE-IKTP Criteria, as well as the goal and objectives of the NCE-IKTP initiative. Detailed information is available in the LOI guide.

Full Application Preparation (FAP) funding of up to $15,000 may be requested by applicants who are invited to submit a full application to assist in its preparation.


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your LOI, along with an OR-5 Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

LOI Submission Deadline: May 2, 2016, 4:00 p.m. EDT

Full application Deadline: October 15, 2016

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted to the NCE on-line electronic application system (https://excellence.nce-rce.gc.ca) as a single, searchable PDF file. (Instructions for creating a searchable PDF are included in Appendix B.)

Applicants must also provide the NCE Secretariat with one unbound original copy by May 9, 2016, containing the original signatures. The unbound copy must be identical to the electronic submission. Inclusion of additional material in the unbound copy will result in the rejection of the application from the competition.

For Questions, please contact

For more information contact Rick Schwartzburg
Senior Program Manager
Email: rick.schwartzburg@nce-rce.gc.ca
Telephone: 613-943-7616


Pierce McKennirey
Program Officer
Email: pierce.mckennirey@nce-rce.gc.ca
Telephone: 613-996-9825

Networks of Centre of Excellence
NCE-IKTP Initiative Competition
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