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Queen's University

2015 NSERC Collaborative Research & Training Experience (CREATE) Competition

Important Dates

  • April 15, 2015 - Queen'sinternal deadline: please send your draft form 187 to NSERC has set a quota of 6 CREATE LOIs for Queen’s, so an internal competition may be required if we receive more. This has not been necessary in the last few years.
  • May 1, 2015 - NSERC deadline for LOI submission
  • September 22, 2015 - NSERC deadline for the full application (by invitation only)


  • Queen's:  Vera Kettnaker, Research Projects Advisor, Natural Sciences and Engineering,, 613-533-6000 x77314
  • NSERC:, 613-943-1363

2015 NSERC CREATE in a nutshell: 

Funds Available:up to $1.65 million per project: Funding of up to $150,000 in the first year, and up to $300,000 annually in subsequent years, will be provided by NSERC for a maximum period of six years. At least 80 percent of the CREATE grant must be used for trainees’ stipends. Up to 30 percent of this portion can be distributed to trainees who are not enrolled in the NSE.

Grant duration: up to 6 years.

Relevant Research Areas: Priority areas (at least 60% of funding) are Environmental science and technologies; Natural resources and energy; Manufacturing; and Information and communications technologies, but other areas in the natural sciences and engineering will also be considered.  

Deadlines:Queen’s internal deadline for letters of intent: April 15. NSERC deadline for the letters of intent: May 1. NSERC deadline for the full application: September 22.

Objectives:The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that:

  • encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities; and
  • facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce.

These innovative programs must include the acquisition and development of important professional skills among students and postdoctoral fellows that complement their qualifications and technical skills.

In addition, these programs should encourage the following as appropriate:

  • student mobility, nationally or internationally, between individual universities and between universities and other sectors;
  • interdisciplinary research within the natural sciences and engineering (NSE), or at the interface between the NSE and health, or the social sciences and humanities. However, the main focus of the training must still lie within the NSE;
  • increased collaboration between industry and academia; and
  • for the industrial stream, an additional objective is to support improved job-readiness within the industrial sector by exposing participants to the specific challenges of this sector and training people with the skills identified by industry.


In the case of multi-organization collaborations (academic, industrial, government or not-for-profit sectors), the applicant must be from an NSERC-supported field at an NSERC-eligible university. One person must be designated to administer the grant. This person is the “applicant” and is responsible for completing and submitting the Letter of Intent (LOI) and the application (if invited) on behalf of the group. The applicant’s university will be the lead university.

  • At least 70 percent of the group must be from NSE fields, but co-applicants at the interdisciplinary frontier between NSE and the areas covered under the umbrella of SSHRC and CIHR may be incorporated into proposals.
  • The focus should be on new training initiatives. Existing initiatives must justify the incremental value that will accrue from the CREATE Program.
  • A yearly quota has been established for each university, and only those researchers selected at their university can submit LOIs. In addition, a researcher may only be the applicant on one CREATE initiative annually. There is a limit on participation in multiple active CREATE projects. NSERC limits the participation of an individual researcher in a maximum of two CREATE initiatives—as either an applicant or co-applicant. 
  • For applicants who have previously held a CREATE Grant, the proposed initiative must differ from the previous one. This must be clearly explained in the Letter of Intent.

Further Information and Useful Links:

NSERC CREATE Program description:

Instructions for Form 187 (CREATE LOI):

Instructions for Form 102 (CREATE full application):

Instructions for Form 100 (Personal Data):

List of existing CREATE projects (some of the more established and older ones have links):

Queen's Resources for Applicants

  NSERC F100 Best Practices

 Recording of the NSERC CREATE webinar (January 28 2015)  - the link will work until May 1, 2015. Email if you'd just like the slides of this webinar.

  Recording of the NSERC CREATE webinar (January 28, 2013)

  Contact for suggestions of possible sources of institutional support.

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