The Committee on Discovery Research and the Committee on Research Partnerships (“the Committees”) are appointed as Standing Committees of Council, as described in section 12 of the NSERC Act and article 16 of By-Law 1.
The Committees’ activities are overseen by the NSERC Vice-Presidents responsible for their respective program areas.
Role of the Committees
The Committees provide advice to the Council and the Vice-Presidents on funding opportunities that support discovery and innovation, and related policy issues, in accordance with specific decisions and any other guidelines provided by the Council. The Committees report back to the Council on their business as required. On occasion, either Committee may be asked to act as a review committee and make recommendations to its Vice-Presidents or to the Council on major grants and awards.
To provide advice on and monitor funding opportunities, the Committees:
To advise the Council on policies and mechanisms in support of research in discovery and innovation, the Committees may make recommendations to Vice-Presidents that studies be initiated or that subcommittees or ad hoc committees be appointed.
Frequency of Meetings
Committees shall meet in person at least twice a year. Additional ad hoc virtual meetings may be held as required.
A majority of all appointed members shall form a quorum for the transaction of business.
Non-Council members of the Committees are appointed by their respective Vice-Presidents, on the recommendation of their Directors. Council will be informed of appointments to the Committees as part of the regular updates. Non-Council members are appointed for up to four years, and may be extended as required. An appropriate rotation system is established to ensure a dynamic membership.
The appointment of Council members to the Committees will be monitored by Council. Council members are appointed to the Committees for the duration of their current term on the Council.
Each Committee is chaired by a Council member and composed of a minimum of 10 members comprising both Council and non-Council members. If no Council member is present, the Vice-President may designate an interim chair from members of the Committee.
The Committees should be representative of the community served by NSERC and of the natural sciences and engineering disciplines falling under their purview. Each Committee’s make-up should include knowledgeable individuals who do research, manage research or use research and who represent the academic, private and/or public sectors. Because of the diversity of the research community, membership should ensure a balanced representation taking into consideration aspects such as gender, official languages, the various fields of research covered by NSERC, the different regions of Canada. It should include members having prior review committee experience, as well as experienced researchers, new scientists and engineers from a variety of sectors and postsecondary institutions of different sizes. In addition, the Committee on Discovery Research should include at least one Dean of Graduate Studies, and the Committee on Research Partnerships, at least one college representative.
The members of the Committees should possess:
The President and Vice-President of the Council are ex-officio members of all standing and advisory committees.