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  1. Strategic Projects GrantsProgram UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN January 28, 2008 Tom Porter Research Facilitator 966-1317

  2. Prosperity and high quality of life for Canadians Science and EngineeringResearch Canada Vision and Mission We invest in: innovation discovery EXCELLENCE Competitive research in science and engineering, providing access to new knowledge from around the world Productive use of new knowledge in all sectors of the economy and society people Highly skilled, well educated and capable of lifelong learning Our goal is Canadianexcellence in: WORKING IN ALL AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and some university faculty USING NEW KNOWLEDGE Partnerships of universities with industry and other sectors for project research CREATING KNOWLEDGE Research Grants for basic research in the universities We do this throughpeer-reviewedcompetitionsin three programs

  3. Research Partnerships Programs (RPP) • Strategic Project Grants (SPG) • Collaborative R&D Grants (CRD) • Idea to Innovation (I2I) • Industrial Research Chairs (IRC) • Research Partnership Agreements (RPA) • Strategic Networks Grants (SNG) • Intellectual Property Mobilization Program (IPM) • Strategic Workshops Program (SWP)

  4. Strategic Project Grants (SPG) • Objective • Increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly influence Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next 10 years.

  5. Anticipated Results • New knowledge/technology with strong potential to strengthen Canada’s industrial base, generate wealth, create employment and/or influence Canadian public policy • Highly qualified personnel trained in the identified target areas • Increased participation of companies and/or government organizations in academic research • Knowledge/technology and expertise transferred to Canadian-based organizations that are well positioned to apply the results for economic gain or to government organizations to strengthen public policy

  6. Requirements • The research must fall within one of the target areas identified for support • The project must be well defined in duration, objectives and scope; duration may be from one to three years • One or more supporting organizations that can apply the results must collaborate in the project • Supporting organization must be actively involved in all stages of the project. Therefore, in-kind contributions are required, but cash is not

  7. Collaborations Outside NSE – applicants are encouraged to collaborate with experts outside the natural sciences and engineering, where appropriate, up to 30% of the project costs International – applicants are encouraged to incorporate international collaborations into their proposals

  8. Supporting Organizations • Canadian-based companies that can apply the research results in a way that generate wealth or employment (organizations without Canadian R&D or manufacturing operations will not be considered), or government organizations that can apply the results in a way that strengthens public policy • Interact regularly with the academic researchers, students and other research personnel and provide input on the project • Validate the results of the research and/or provide guidance concerning the exploitation of the results

  9. Seven 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

  10. Focused Research • 3-8 priority research topics identified within each target area (80%) • Exceptional opportunities outside the research topics but within the target area (up to 20%) • Research outside the 7 priority target areas will not be considered for funding

  11. Research Topics • Advanced Communications and Management of Information* • 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 • *highlighted in national S&T Strategy

  12. Research Topics (continued) • Biomedical Technologies • Detection Methods for Use in Whole Organisms • Computational Tools for Real-Time Signal Processing and Analysis • Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering • Technologies for Independent Living and in-Home Care

  13. Research Topics (continued) • Competitive Manufacturing and Value-Added Products and Processes • Value-Added Wood Products • Near-Net-Shape Processes • Process Models and Integrated Production Models • Functional Materials • Lightweight Materials for Transportation

  14. Research Topics (continued) • Healthy Environment and Ecosystems* • Ecosystem Adaptation, Interventions and Modeling • Water Resources • Waste Management and Site Remediation • *highlighted in national S&T Strategy

  15. Research Topics (continued) • Quality Foods and Novel Bioproducts • Food Quality and Safety • Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals • Novel Bioproducts • Aquaculture

  16. Research Topics (continued) • Safety and Security • Risk and Vulnerability • Resiliency of Systems • Event Detection

  17. Research Topics (continued) • Sustainable Energy Systems* • Integrated Systems Approach to Electrical Power Grids • Energy Storage • Fuel Cells and Clean Transportation Systems • Biomass Conversion and Co-product Optimization • Systems Engineering Approach to the Extraction, Conversion and Utilization of Fossil Fuels • Clean Coal and Carbon Capture and Storage • Low Emission Industrial Systems • Other Renewable Energy Sources • *highlighted in national S&T Strategy

  18. Guidelines for Applicants • Applicants must: • Select a target area and a research topic from a list provided • Explain in Proposal module (under ‘Introduction’ / one additional page is provided) : (1) why the proposed research is strategic; and (2) how it addresses the research topic selected • Provide a compelling case for consideration if the research falls outside the research topics but within the target areas listed (“Exceptional Opportunity outside the Research Topics”)

  19. Typical Strategic Project Grant • Average grant: $130,000/year for three years • Often involves several team members, from the same or different institutions • Some grants with single applicant • Collaborators (researchers from the supporting organization, government scientist, foreign research scientist) may be members of the team

  20. Characteristics of Strategic Projects • Specific objectives within a specific timeline (deliverables) • Criteria are similar to Discovery Grants but projects must also be considered to be STRATEGIC (benefits to Canada and non-academic partners) in nature, e.g. HQP, scientific excellence, originality, quality of applicant(s), well-written and logical work plan • Applicants must have a planned strategy for interaction with non-academic partners

  21. Competition Timetable • Applications due April 15 • Pre-selection process, if necessary • External peer review – Summer • Panel evaluation – September • Results announced – October

  22. Application Process • Application for a Grant (Form 101)Parts I and II • Personal Data Forms (Form 100) + CVs of collaborators • Company profile • Form 183A (partner’s information and contributions) • Letter of support describing partner’s involvement in the project (see instructions for specific items to be addressed)

  23. Selection Criteria • Originality of the Research • The project must promise to generate new knowledge or to apply existing knowledge in an innovative manner. • Quality of the Research • The project must be scientifically sound and technically feasible. It must fall within a specific target area.

  24. Selection Criteria (continued) • Project Work Plan • The project must have a clear and coherent work plan that demonstrates a high probability of achieving the objectives in the proposed time frame. • Quality of the Applicants as Researchers • The research team must have all the expertise to address the defined objectives competently and to complete the project successfully.

  25. Selection Criteria (continued) • Training Potential • The project must provide opportunities to train students and other highly qualified personnel with skills relevant to the needs of Canadian organizations. • Interactions with Supporting Organizations • The supporting organizations must have the capacity to apply the results of the research and must be actively involved in all stages of the project.

  26. Selection Criteria (continued) • Benefits to Canada and Supporting Organizations • The proposal must identify how the work will benefit the supporting organization and must demonstrate that exploitation of the research results will benefit Canada within a 10-year time frame.

  27. Supporting Organizations • Private sector • Canadian-based companies with Canadian operations (R&D or manufacturing) that can apply the research results for economic gain • Non-academic public sector • Canadian government organizations that can apply the research results to strengthen policies • Do not qualify as supporting organizations: • NGO’s, venture capitalists, government research labs, foreign research institutions, implementation sites, potential customers.

  28. Summary • New target areas with specific research topics • Funding for proposals in the research area, but outside the research topics is limited to 20% of the budget allocated to the area • Applicants must explain why the proposed research is strategic and how it addresses the research topic • Supporting Organizations • Active involvement is essential • Government fulfilling the Supporting Organization requirement: Proposal must clearly show how the project relates to their public policy responsibility (i.e. applying the results to strengthen public policy)

  29. Conclusion • Strategic grants fund projects, not programs • They provide an opportunity for university researchers to carry out innovative science and engineering work with potential for commercialization • They provide a unique opportunity to introduce students to potential employers and an opportunity for non-academic partners to access scientific expertise and specialized research equipment

  30. Additional Resources Contact: Tom Porter, Research Facilitator 966-1317, Cristina Holguin-Pando, Grants Officer 966-2207, NSERC SGP webpage NSERC Instructions Research Services: 5 Parts of a Discovery Grant