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Terms of Reference of Councilís Standing Committees

Committee on Grants and Scholarships

The Committee on Grants and Scholarships recommends to the Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships, program funding allocations and transfers between program elements within the two separate allocations to program areas (People and Discovery) approved by the Council; it recommends to the Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships, methods to be used for selection committee and evaluation group allocations; it provides advice on and monitors programs referred to it by the Council; and it advises the Council on policy issues and possible mechanisms regarding support of the research base in science and engineering in Canadian universities and the provision of highly qualified research personnel in those same areas in Canada. On occasion, the Committee may be asked to make recommendations to the President on major grants and awards to individuals or groups.

To provide advice on and monitor programs (see Appendix A), the Committee:

  • makes recommendations to the Council or senior officers, as appropriate, on existing programs and on changes to those programs, including the phasing out of programs and proposals for the creation of new ones;
  • advises the Council on the international dimension of activities falling within its purview;
  • monitors the peer review process by:
    • reviewing the policies and procedures for peer review and ensuring they are consistent with the principles and values enunciated by the Council;
    • making recommendations on the principles governing membership of evaluation groups and selection committees, annually reviewing appointments to such committees, and establishing guidelines for the conduct of business by such committees;
    • reviewing the policy reports of evaluation groups and selection committees and recommending courses of action to the Council or senior officers, as appropriate;
    • reviewing the statistics on and trends in awards made upon recommendation of the evaluation groups and selection committees and the list of any other awards approved by executive action; and
  • periodically reviews the jurisdiction of evaluation groups and selection committees and recommends changes as appropriate.

To advise the Council on policies and mechanisms in support of the research base and the provision of highly qualified personnel in science and engineering in Canada, the Committee may make recommendations to Council officers that studies be initiated or that subcommittees or ad hoc committees be appointed.

Appendix A

As of October 2010, the programs assigned to the Committee on Grants
and Scholarships are:

People

  • Undergraduate Students Research Awards
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • Postgraduate Scholarships
  • Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships (including the Industrial and Innovation Scholarships)
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements
  • Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • USRA/Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Supplements
  • Northern Research Internships
  • Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering
  • Collaborative Research and Training Experience
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowships
  • Northern Research Chairs
  • PromoScience
  • Summer Programs in Japan or Taiwan

Discovery

  • Discovery Grants (including Subatomic Physics)
  • Discovery Accelerators
  • Discovery Frontiers Initiative
  • Northern Research Supplements
  • Major Resources Support Program
  • Research Tools and Instruments Grants
  • Ship Time
  • G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding

Prestigious Awards

  • Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering
  • E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships
  • Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering
  • NSERC Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize
  • NSERC André Hamer Postgraduate Prizes
  • NSERC John C. Polanyi Award
People Discovery Innovation