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Title: NSERC STRATEGIC NETWORK AND WORKSHOP GRANT PROGRAMS


1
NSERC STRATEGIC NETWORK AND WORKSHOP GRANT
PROGRAMS
Denis Godin, Ph.D. Research Partnerships
Programs (613) 943-2168 Denis.Godin_at_nserc.ca
2
OUTLINE
  • Overview of Strategic Grants
  • Strategic Network Grants
  • Strategic Workshop Grants
  • Questions

3
Strategic Partnerships Programs
  • SWP is part of the Strategic Partnerships
    Programs

Strategic Partnerships Programs
Strategic Projects
Strategic Networks
Strategic Workshops
4
Innovation Programs Budget 2007-08(millions of
dollars)
Total 193
1. Includes College and Community Innovation
Program (0.3M).
5
OBJECTIVE
  • To increase research and training in targeted
    areas that will enhance Canadas economy,
    society and/or environment

6
TARGET AREAS
  • Advanced Communications and Management of
    Information
  • Biomedical Technologies
  • Competitive Manufacturing and Value-Added
    Products and Processes
  • Healthy Environment and Ecosystems
  • Quality Foods and Novel Bioproducts
  • Safety and Security
  • Sustainable Energy Systems

7
ACMI
  • 6 priority research topics
  • Network-Intensive Applications
  • Ubiquitous Networks
  • Management of Information in a Networked
    Environment
  • Adaptive/Cognitive Networks
  • Advanced Materials, Devices and Supporting Tools
  • Software and Computing Systems
  • Another category
  • Exceptional Opportunity Outside the Research
    Topics

8
EXPECTED RESULTS
  • Generate new knowledge / technology
  • Increase number of HQP in targeted areas
  • Foster increased participation of Canadian-based
    companies / government in academic research
  • Transfer knowledge / technology expertise to
    Canadian-based companies that can apply results
    for economic gain or to government to strengthen
    public policy

9
STRATEGIC NETWORK PROGRAM (SNP)
10
STRATEGIC NETWORK GRANTS
  • large-scale,
  • multi-disciplinary research projects,
  • in targeted research areas,
  • require a network approach,
  • involve collaboration between academic
    researchers and Canadian-based organizations.

11
STRATEGIC NETWORKS
  • a minimum of 500,000 and a maximum of 1 million
    annually from NSERC
  • funded for up to five years
  • not renewable for a second term
  • participation of Non-NSE academics is encouraged.
  • Preliminary Application June 23, 2008
  • Open only to ACMI, ENV Energy

12
EVALUATION PROCESS
  • Preliminary applications Strategic Panels
  • Full proposal preparation 6 months
  • Recommendations from
  • External reviewers (7-10)
  • Site Visit Committee (5 to 7 members)
  • Strategic Panels will review applications
  • Process - 1 ½ Yrs.

13
SELECTION CRITERIA
  • Merit of the research proposal
  • Need for a network approach
  • Interactions and partnerships
  • Training
  • Management and budget
  • Benefits to Canada and the partners

14
STRATEGIC WORKSHOPS
15
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • 3-year pilot program
  • 25,000 awards
  • Funding available for 40 awards/year
  • Awards support single or multiple events
  • Intended for small, highly focused groups, with
    attendance not expected to exceed 20
    participants
  • Not for established partnerships!

16
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
  • Bring together academic researchers with
    non-academic end users to create new
    partnerships
  • Priority given to targeted areas of research, but
    other areas not excluded
  • Address research and technology needs identified
    by the user community
  • Generate new collaborations that will lead to
    funding proposals.

17
WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION
  • Organized and championed by one university and
    one non-academic leader
  • Must include academic researchers and members of
    non-academic end user organizations
  • Participants have the expertise, experience and
    stature to implement the workshop results
  • Awards may support Canadian and foreign
    participation.

18
WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES
  • Discussions topic may typically include
  • Research priorities and knowledge gaps
  • Current research capacity and future needs
  • HQP training and skills needs
  • Knowledge/technology transfer
  • Funding challenges and opportunities
  • Existing and potential new collaborations
  • Next steps for collaborative activities.

19
APPLICATION PROCESS
  • Application at anytime
  • On-line application forms currently under
    development by e-business
  • One applicant (academic workshop leader), could
    be researcher or university administrator
  • Non-academic leader must be identified
  • Contributions from supporting organizations
    encouraged but not mandatory

20
APPLICATION FORMAT
  • Five-page detailed proposal written in a
    free-form format
  • Budget and expense justification
  • Form 100 of the academic workshop leader and CV
    of non-academic leader
  • Letters from supporting organizations, if
    applicable
  • No F-183A

21
PROPOSAL
  • Detailed proposal should clearly address the
    following points
  • Rationale for the workshop in the context of
    industry or government needs
  • Identity and roles of university and
    non-academic workshop leaders
  • Workshop participants, justification for their
    selection
  • Plans for workshop organization

22
PROPOSAL
  • Proposed workshop activities and methodology
  • Expected workshop outcomes (i.e. new
    university-industry-government research
    collaborations, potential for future research
    funding proposals)
  • Budget and justification for expenses.

23
EVALUATION CRITERIA
  • Need for workshop
  • Future benefits to Canada
  • Appropriateness of leaders and participants
  • Workshop plans and budget
  • Plans for workshop outcomes.

24
REPORTING
  • All participants to complete questionnaire to
    assess the quality and execution of the event
  • Written report from the grantee within 90 days
    following the workshop
  • Update on impacts of the workshop 18 months after
    the event.

25
Comments/Questions??
Contact NSERC RPP Denis Godin, Account
Manager (613) 943-2168 Denis.Godin_at_nserc.ca
RPP_at_nserc.ca
26
MERIT OF THE PROPOSAL
  • Originality of the research
  • Quality of the research
  • Network work plan
  • Quality of the applicants as researchers

27
NEED FOR A NETWORK APPROACH
  • Demonstrated need for a network approach to
    conduct research and achieve objectives

28
INTERACTIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS
  • Interactions with partners must be actively
    involved and have capacity to apply results
  • Interactions among participants must have plan
    to ensure effective interaction information
    exchange
  • Knowledge / technology transfer must have
    strategy for knowledge / technology transfer to
    all stakeholders, including general public

29
TRAINING
  • Training potential opportunities for HQP
    training with skills relevant to Canadian
    organizations
  • Training plan to facilitate interaction with
    participants from other sectors to encourage
    collaboration inter-disciplinary training
  • Partners active participation of partners in
    training HQP opportunities for work terms,
    co-supervision of students, reciprocal laboratory
    visits, joint workshops

30
MANAGEMENT AND BUDGETING
  • Management structure to direct, manage and
    integrate activities of network (Board of
    Directors, Scientific Advisory Committee, Network
    Manager)
  • Commitment of host institution, applicant,
    co-applicants partners to ensure effective
    management
  • Budget - justification for the level and duration
    of funding requested vis-à-vis the research
    administrative costs
  • Appropriateness of the overall budget, including
    in-kind cash contributions from partners

31
BUDGET ISSUES
  • Keep budget tight and strongly justified
  • Ensure other resources are fully utilised
  • NSERC request should be lt1M

32
BENEFITS TO CANADA AND PARTNERS
  • Must demonstrate how research will benefit
    partners and how exploitation of results will
    benefit Canada within 10 years
  • Archiving of research data agreement for
    maintenance preservation of large data sets at
    outset of research activities
  • Research Agreement
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