|Duration||Up to five years|
|Application Deadline||October 1, 2008 (No Preliminary Applications required)|
|How to Apply||See below|
|Application Forms||Form 100
|Program Contact||View Contact Information|
NSERC is instituting a special supplemental Strategic Network Grants (SNG-SC) competition this year as part of its efforts to address priority areas that were identified in the Government of Canada's budget 2008.
The competition will be open to applications addressing industry priorities in Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA).
Co-applicants from outside the natural sciences and engineering may be incorporated into proposals.
Strategic Networks that are recommended for funding after review of the full proposals will be invited to apply for additional funds to facilitate international network to network collaboration, opportunities for enhanced training of students and knowledge dissemination and technology transfer.
The objective of the Strategic Network Grants Program (SNG) is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within 10 years.
It is expected that this program will:
Strategic Network Grants fund large-scale, multi-disciplinary research projects in targeted research areas that require a network approach and that involve collaboration between academic researchers and Canadian-based organizations. The applicant should be an established researcher with a solid track record in collaborative research, student training and grant management, and who demonstrates the leadership and other skills necessary for managing a complex, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional project.
Strategic Networks may be local, regional or national. Strategic Networks require a minimum of $500,000 and a maximum of $1 million annually from NSERC and are funded for up to five years. These grants are not renewable for a second term.
To be funded, a Strategic Network Grant proposal must meet the following requirements:
The Government of Canada has called for its granting agencies to adopt a more strategic approach and increasingly support multidisciplinary collaborative research to address complex issues and create a real advantage for Canada. The agencies have agreed to collaborate to combine the strengths of various disciplines and achieve the greatest impact.
Consequently, and in recognition that the ability to implement policy or directly apply the research results can depend on socio-economic considerations as well as scientific understanding, applicants are encouraged to collaborate with experts who work in fields other than the natural sciences and engineering, where appropriate. Academic researchers outside the natural sciences and engineering may participate in Strategic Network proposals as co-applicants if they meet NSERC’s eligibility requirements with respect to type, duration and nature of appointment. Research costs for these collaborations may comprise up to 30 per cent of the project costs and must be identified in the budget. All project expenditures will be subject to NSERC’s Use of Grant Funds guidelines.
In its efforts to increase the impact of Canadian natural sciences and engineering research within the global research community, NSERC will invite Strategic Networks that are recommended for funding after review of the full proposals to apply for up to $200K per year of additional funding for years 2 through 5 to facilitate international network to network collaboration, including opportunities for enhanced training of students.
A partner organization:
The network may also include other participants such as non-governmental organizations, government research laboratories, foreign research institutions, venture capitalists, implementation sites, or potential customers, but these participants do not qualify as supporting organizations.
Given that interaction between personnel from academic institutions and other sectors contributes to knowledge sharing and the development of highly qualified personnel, NSERC encourages secondments, cross-appointments, co-supervision of students, internships, reciprocal laboratory visits and joint workshops. (For details, see the Policy and Guidelines on the Assessment of Contributions to Research and Training.)
For the 2008 supplemental competition, only applications in the area of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) will be considered.
MTA is an advanced aquaculture systems approach which combines the cultivation of fed aquaculture species with organic extractive aquaculture species and inorganic extractive aquaculture species to create balanced systems for environmental sustainability, economic stability and social acceptability. Canada is at the forefront of the research and development of this concept. An IMTA network will allow independent initiatives to be integrated and coordinated to share experience, expertise, data and technology to become an even stronger tool and voice for the development of aquaculture in an environmentally and economically responsible manner. It will be the efficient tool for maintaining Canada’s innovative leadership role in IMTA on the global stage.
The creation of an IMTA network would increase research and training and contribute to its development as an environmentally responsible and innovative aquaculture practice. This would also strategically enhance economically sustainable production systems while providing trusted quality seafood and increasing societal acceptance of the aquaculture sector. The goal is to develop aquaculture systems, which can be adopted by industrial partners to efficiently mitigate organic and inorganic enrichment of fed aquaculture operations by recapturing this material to turn it into the production of extractive crops. This would help transform environmental and socio-economic concerns associated with aquaculture into benefits for Canadians.
NSERC must receive the full application no later than October 1, 2008.
A full application includes:
Please refer to the instructions for completing a Strategic Network application.
Full Proposal Review Procedures
Each Strategic Network proposal is reviewed by external referees, a Site Visit Committee and the Fisheries Industry Selection Committee. The selection committee considers the comments from external referees and the Site Visit Committee report in making funding recommendations to NSERC. Decisions on funding Strategic Network Grants will be made within six months of receipt of the full application.
Strategic Network proposals are evaluated according to the following criteria:
Grantees must submit a mid-term progress report to NSERC, which will be reviewed by members of the original Site Visit Committee and the Fisheries Industry Selection Committee. Continuation of funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress. Partners are required to confirm their commitment to the network annually.
Three months after the completion of network funding, all grantees must submit a final report on the network’s achievements with respect to its objectives. Each partner in the network will be asked to evaluate it. Grantees are informed of the requirements for such reports at the appropriate time.