NSERC Subatomic Physics Research Tools & Instruments Grants Program 2017




Subatomic Physics Research Tools & Instruments Grants Program

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The Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments (SAP-RTI) grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of researchers in the field of subatomic physics by supporting the purchase of research equipment and installations.  SAP-RTI grants are awards that assist buying or developing research equipment that costs more than $7,000.

SAP-RTI grants are divided into three categories, according to the total net cost of the equipment, i.e., excluding taxes, shipping and handling. These categories are:

Category 1: $7,001 to $150,000;

Category 2: $150,001 to $325,000; and

Category 3: more than $325,000

Applications to SAP-RTI Program are not subject to a quota. 


Please refer to NSERC’s overall eligibility criteria for more information. Applicants that have submitted an NOI on or before August 1, 2016, 8:00 pm (Categories 2 & 3 only) are eligible to apply. There is no NOI required for Category 1 applications.

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. 
  • Hold or have applied for (submitted) a Discovery, Strategic (Networks and projects), CRD, or NSERC-funded Canada Research Chair funding.

Maximum Project Value

See Category 1, 2, 3 above. If requested, NSERC will pay all of the applicable taxes, as well as all the shipping and handling expenses.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

One to three years; Category 1 are one-year awards. In exceptional cases, multi-year requests will be accepted. Categories 2 and 3 are typically three years, but if exceptions are made to the duration, NSERC asks applicants to contact them.  

Special Notes

Notification of Intent to Apply (Categories 2 & 3 only): Applicants submit NOIs directly to NSERC via the Research Portal, by August 1, 2016, 8:00 pm. The NOI is a mandatory step in the application process. No OR-5 form or submission to Office of Research Services is required at the NOI stage. CCV is required for Categories 2 &3 for applicants and co-applicants at the NOI stage. There is no NOI stage for Category 1.

Full Application (Categories 1, 2 &3): Sign in to the Research Portal to prepare an application which must be linked to a completed NSERC Canadian Common CV (CCV) for each applicant and each co-applicant. In the case of SAP-RTI – Category 2 or Category 3 applications, the CCV can be updated between the time it is submitted with the NOI and the application deadline. CCV is required for all Categories (1, 2 &3) for applicants and co-applicants at the full application stage. 

Letters of Support

A support letter from the applicant’s head of department must accompany every SAP-RTI – Category 2 or 3. Applicants for SAP-RTI Category 3 grants must include a letter of support from the Associate Vice-President (Research Services), John Livernois.   Researchers should work with their Associate Deans of Research to prepare and submit a draft of this letter to acclarke@uoguelph.ca ahead of the internal deadline so that it may be coordinated prior to submission. See NSERC Guidelines for requirements to be included in the letters.

Internal Deadline

to Office of Research Services:

Full Application - Categories 2 & 3: September 26, 2016 4:30 pm

Full Application - Category 1: October 18, 2016 4:30 pm

Applicant submits a signed OR-5 to Research.Services@uoguelph.ca. Applicant clicks “Submit” in the Research Portal so application is received by the Office of Research Services in the Research Portal.

External Deadline

to sponsor:

Notification of Intent to Apply (Categories 2 & 3 only) – August 1, 2016, 8:00 pm*

* Please note that the system will be closed after this time.  Researchers do not need to send a copy of the Notification of Intent to Apply to the Office of Research Services. Please note that this is a non-statutory holiday, therefore this date is correct.

Full Application - Categories 2 & 3 – October 3, 2016, 4:30 pm (next working day as October 1 falls on a weekend)

Full Application - Category 1 - October 25, 2016, 4:30 pm

Office of Research Services submits to NSERC. 

For Questions, please contact

Kim Bonnet Program Officer
Research Grants - Subatomic Physics

Office of Research

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

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