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Ship Time Program

Instructions for completing an application – Form 101

General information

About the program

Read the program description in the Program Guide for Professors before you complete the application.

Who completes the application?

The applicant must complete the application and include all required documentation using the On-line System. In addition, the Personal Data Form (Form 100) must be completed by applicants and co-applicants and linked to the application form. CVs and Forms 100 of scientific partners/collaborators must not be included.

Presentation standards

You are responsible for submitting a complete application that conforms to the presentation standards established by NSERC. Incomplete applications and applications that do not meet the presentation standards may be rejected, or be at a disadvantage, in comparison with those that are complete and respect the presentation standards. Where page limits are stated, pages in excess of the number permitted will be removed.

For more information, read the NSERC On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards.

Application deadlines

Your application must be received at your institution’s research grants office by their internal deadline date; contact your research grants office for those deadlines.

For this program, the application must be received at NSERC by 8:00 p.m. (ET) on September 1. If it is not received by the deadline, it will be considered late and will be rejected.

Personal information

The collection, use and disclosure of personal information provided to NSERC are outlined in the following policy statements:

The information you provide in your application is collected under the authority of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Act. NSERC is subject to the This link will take you to another Web site  Access to Information Act and the This link will take you to another Web site Privacy Act. The information you provide is stored in a series of NSERC data banks described in This link will take you to another Web site Information about programs and information holdings.

Help with program information

Help with the NSERC on-line system

  • Check the Frequently Asked Questions on how to use the On-line System.
  • Review the instructions available in the application.
  • Contact the On-line Services Helpdesk. Send an email to: webapp@nserc-crsng.gc.ca or call 613-995-4273. Include your email address and telephone number.

Completing the application

Application profile

Title of proposal

The title will be used for publication purposes. It should describe the subject of the research to be supported. It should not contain a company or trade name. Spell out scientific symbols and acronyms.

Time devoted to proposed research/activity

Enter the time devoted by the applicant (in hours per month) to the proposed research/activity.

Area(s) of research

Research subject codes

Consult the NSERC Code Tables. All applicants are required to select a primary research code.

Key words

Provide a maximum of 10 key words that describe the proposal.

Certification/requirements

Before completing this section, consult the Requirements for Certain Types of Research.

Research involving humans: If you select Yes, you must provide your institution's administration with the appropriate certification indicating that research involving humans has been reviewed and has received the required approval.

Research involving human pluripotent stem cells: If you select Yes, or if through peer review the application is found to fall into this category and is recommended for funding, it will be forwarded, with your consent, to CIHR’s Stem Cell Oversight Committee (SCOC) to ensure compliance with This link will take you to another Web site Chapter 12, Section F of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2). The SCOC review is in addition to the normal review by local Research Ethics Boards (REBs). Funding will not be released until approval has been obtained from the SCOC.

Research involving the use of animals: If you select Yes, you must provide your institution's administration with the certification from the animal care committee at the institution that the experimental procedures proposed have been approved and that the care and treatment of animals is in accordance with the principles outlined in the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) guide.

Research involving hazardous substances: If you select Yes, you must provide your institution's administration with the certification from the biosafety committee at the institution that the laboratory procedures being used comply with the safety precautions necessary for the level of containment required by the research.

Environmental impact: The Environmental Information Form (Appendix A) may be required. For more information, consult NSERC’s Guidelines on Environmental Review and Assessment.

Co-applicants

For team applications, identify co-applicants who will participate on the expedition. Co-applicants must each provide their NSERC Personal Data Form (Form 100). Co-applicants, except those from the applicant's institution, must advise the authorized officer of their organization that the applicant, or the applicant's institution, will be seeking their signature prior to submitting the application to NSERC, agreeing to their participation.

Teams should strive for a diverse group of co-applicants, including balanced gender representation. Equity, diversity and inclusion considerations should be reflected in the rationale of the team composition and where applicable, in the designated roles within the team. Moreover, the applicants should describe how they have and/or will implement policies and practices to support equity, diversity and inclusion within the team (e.g., recruitment of team members, management of the team, mentorship). For more information, refer to the Guide for Applicants: Considering equity, diversity and inclusion in your application (questions 1 to 4).

To invite co-applicants to link their Personal Data Form (F100) to the application, enter the email address and family name of the co-applicant as they appear in their Form 100. When you select Save, an automated email message will be sent to the person(s) to whom you have granted access to your application, informing them that they have been invited to participate in your application. The status will appear as Not Linked.

When a co-applicant links a Personal Data Form (F100) to the application, their personal information will appear in the Co-applicant page, and the status will change to Linked. At this point, enter the time (in hours per month) each co-applicant will devote to the proposed research/activity or the use of equipment or facility.

By submitting this form, the applicant certifies that the individuals listed as co-applicants have been informed of the precise uses and disclosures of their personal information by NSERC (see Use and Disclosure of Personal Information Provided to NSERC) and have authorized the release of the information by the applicant.

Summary of proposal

The summary is intended to explain the proposal in language that the public can understand.

Using simple terms, briefly describe the nature of the work to be done. Indicate why and to whom the research is important, the anticipated outcomes and how your field and Canada will benefit.

This plain language summary will be available to the public if your proposal is funded.

If you wish, you may also provide a summary in the other official language in the text box identified for that purpose.

Ship time requirements

If the proposed project requires more than one platform (e.g., ROV and supporting vessel), you must complete a Ship Time Requirements page for each platform. Do not complete multiple applications.

In exceptional circumstances, the Ship Time Allocations Committee will consider requests for more than one year of funding. If you are requesting funding for more than one year, you will need to complete the Year 2 portion of the Ship Time Requirements page for each platform being requested. Applicants that need to confirm funding for expeditions taking place well into the future should contact NSERC to discuss.

Duration and related costs of cruise

Identify the number of ship days, the daily rate, and total cost of the platform(s) being requested.

Mission type

University researchers should be clear about the type of mission they are requesting and should capitalize on shared or joint expeditions and days of opportunity whenever possible.

  • Dedicated
    • Ship time fully dedicated to university objectives;
    • incremental daily cost of the specific platform.
  • Joint
    • Ship time used by a federal department and university where project definition and objectives have been jointly agreed upon and supported in a formal agreement;
    • terms of charges specified in the joint agreement;
    • applicants must submit details of agreement.
  • Opportunity
      • Use of unassigned space on existing expeditions (government or university led);
      • hotel cost only (room and board).
  • Shared
    • Ship time shared by two or more organizations conducting separate missions;
    • pro-rated incremental daily cost based on the use of the platform;
    • amount agreed upon prior to the mission.

Geographical location

Identify the geographical region(s) where the proposed work is to take place. Include latitude and longitude, estimated distance from departure port to work site, and total distance steamed (refers to the total distance travelled to and from the work site, plus the additional distance travelled while on the work site) for the duration of the cruise (identify units of measure).

Platform requested

You must provide the name of the platform requested, including the names of two alternate platforms. This list should be ranked in order of preference.

Detailed information on the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) fleet can be obtained on the This link will take you to another Web site Canadian Coast Guard Web site.

Preferred dates

You must provide the dates of the proposed cruise. Alternate dates should be provided when possible.

Number of personnel

The number of personnel that will take part in the cruise must be listed and broken down by gender.

Quotations

For the preferred choice of all platforms requested, you must provide a letter/quotation from the vessel provider (for non-DFO/CCG vessels) or from the DFO Science Ship Representative in the region where the vessel is operated (for DFO/CCG vessels).

When requesting non-DFO/CCG vessels, include details on the type and origin of the vessel, basic characteristics (i.e., specs), day rate and crew capabilities.

The quotation should outline the entire cost of the cruise.

Letter(s) of support

Provide a letter from the appropriate representative of each participating or supporting organization other than Canadian universities (e.g., a co-applicant, collaborator, or the person responsible for the organization's participation in, or support of, the project) on letterhead, that indicates:

  • the organization's intended participation in, or support of, the collaborative activities and its agreement with the proposal;
  • the nature and extent of the interaction/collaboration;
  • the support/resources committed;
  • the organization's reasons for its involvement in the joint undertaking;
  • how the organization expects to benefit.

Note: For upload purposes, all letters of support must be saved into a single PDF document and attached through one of the extra Quotation upload windows in the On-line System.

Relationship to other research support

Refer to This link will take you to another Web site Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency for additional information.

Provide the following information (maximum two pages, plus one page per co-applicant):

Explain any relationship and/or overlap, conceptual or financial, with relevant research supported by NSERC or other funding. The onus is on the applicant to provide sufficient information to enable the reviewers to evaluate the relationship between this application and other relevant sources of support and to assess it accordingly. Other sources of support include grants and contributions from funding agencies, organizations, the private sector, institution start-up funds, research chairs, the primary place of employment (for adjunct professors) and other institutional research support.

Proposal

Use the guidelines outlined in the NSERC On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards to provide the requested information in a document to be attached to the application.

Refer to the Selection criteria section of the Ship Time program description for a list of criteria that will be considered by reviewers when evaluating the application.

Using the headings below and in a maximum of 5 pages (this page limit does not include references), provide details on:

Scientific objectives and methodology

  • Describe the scientific objectives of the expedition and explain the importance of the ship time to your Discovery-funded program(s). If the requested ship time is intended to support more than one NSERC project, the ship time needs for each project should be clearly explained.
  • Demonstrate that the proposed methods are the most appropriate approach to answering research questions.

Previous experience

  • Summarize previous ship-based experience (a brief description of relevant experience, including that of collaborators, i.e., technical support staff, students and any other scientific staff).

Cruise and operational plan

  • Document the cruise track/map and cruise plan (cruise track and a description of the work to be done, including an outline of the amount of steaming time vs. data collection time).
  • Detail the operational plan (activities planned, operational procedures, geographic location, station pattern required, explosives or radioactive materials used, rough layout of survey timing, etc.).

Scientific and ship equipment

  • Describe the scientific equipment to be used and the logistics involved (if loading in away port). Note that NSERC would normally expect any associated costs to be met by the researcher.
  • List any ship equipment to be used (winches, navigation equipment, fishing gear, etc.).

Participants' roles and sharing of ship time

  • Describe the roles of all participants (applicant, co-applicant(s) and collaborators) benefiting from this ship time.
  • Highlight team members' relevant expertise and expected contributions and collaborations.
  • Consider equity, diversity and inclusion in the team composition.
  • Demonstrate attempts made to establish sharing of ship time, and how the expedition fits with others in the area.

Highly qualified personnel training opportunities and urgency

  • Outline the role of highly qualified personnel (HQP) in the expedition.
  • Show the impact on the need and urgency for ship time for HQP.
  • Consider equity, diversity and inclusion in the training of HQP.

Describe qualitatively any challenges or barriers encountered in ensuring an inclusive research and training environment.

Describe the planned approach for promoting participation from a diverse group of HQP, taking into account equity and inclusion in recruitment practices and mentorship approaches, and initiatives aimed at ensuring an inclusive research training environment and trainee growth. For more information, refer to the Guide for Applicants: Considering equity, diversity and inclusion in your application (questions 1 to 4).

Two-year award requests (if required)

  • Requests for two-year awards must be clearly justified.

References

  • Use this section to provide a list of literature references. Your list of references must not exceed two pages.
  • Do not refer readers to websites for additional information on your proposal.
  • Do not introduce hyperlinks in your list of references.

Note: It is the responsibility of the grant holder to ensure that any platform being used for NSERC-supported research is crewed in conformance with the This link will take you to another Web site Canada Shipping Act.

Environmental Information Form (Appendix A)

An Environmental Information Form (Appendix A) must be completed and uploaded to the Environmental impact page, as required.

Signatures

NSERC does not require original signatures on applications or other documents submitted electronically through its On-line System. The electronic submission of applications through this system represents approval and replaces the traditional "physical" or "wet" signatures. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions in the Program Guide for Professors for more details.


What do the electronic or original signatures on the application mean?

For applicants

Before you, as an applicant or co-applicant, can submit your application to NSERC or link your Personal Data Form to an application, you must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of Applying that appear in a pop-up window during the submission process. It is your responsibility to retain a copy of the agreed Terms and Conditions for your records.

The signatures of the institutional authorities certify that:

  • the institution will abide by the roles and responsibilities as set out in the This link will take you to another Web site Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions with the three federal granting agencies, including the This link will take you to another Web site Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research;
  • the applicant and co-applicant(s) have met, or will meet, the eligibility requirements;
  • prior to submission of this application, the institution has obtained written approval from any other institutions involved in the application process;
  • if the applicant discloses any potential intellectual property (IP) arising from the research, he or she and the institution will endeavour to obtain the greatest possible economic benefit to Canada from the resulting commercial activity. Note: This requirement for disclosure is not intended to supersede any IP ownership policy that the institution already has in place.

The signatures of authorized officers of other supporting organizations certify that the organization:

  • agrees with the content of the application and will provide the committed resources; and
  • agrees to the release of the public summary of the award and to the publication of the organization's name as a supporter of the initiative.

If you are both the applicant or co-applicant and a principal of a collaborating organization, another senior official must sign on behalf of the organization.

List for a complete application

Use the following list to make sure your application is complete.

  • Application for a Grant (Form 101)
    • Application profile (including certification requirements, amounts requested)
    • Co-applicants (if a group application)
    • Summary of proposal
    • Ship time requirements
    • Quotation(s) (from the platform provider)
    • Letter(s) of support, if required (no page limit; documents collected as one PDF and attached through one of the extra Quotation upload windows)
    • Relationship to other research support (attachment; maximum two pages plus one page per co-applicant)
    • Proposal (attachment; maximum of five pages)
    • References (attachment; maximum of two pages)
    • Appendix A (Environmental Information Form), if required
  • Personal Data Form (Form 100) for the applicant and each co-applicant
    • Personal information (appointment, academic background, HQP)
    • Experience
    • Research support
    • List of HQP
    • Contributions (attachment; maximum of five pages)
    • Appendix A (Personal Data)
    • Appendix B (Eligibility Questionnaire), if required
    • Appendix C (Description of Applicant's Activities), if required

CVs and Form 100s of scientific partners/collaborators must not be included. Pages in excess of the number permitted will be removed.