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Queen's University

2015 NSERC Strategic Project Grant Competition

Timeline | Contacts | Program Description| Best Practices | Info Session Slides | NSERC Resources and Instructions

Important Dates

  • Feb 11, 2015, 12:30 p.m.: On-campus info session with NSERC Strategic Grants Program Officer Lucia Martinez ( Slides from this info session )
  • March 16, 2015 - Queen's (Internal) Deadline:  Letters of commitment from industry partners received, proposal draft and final budget forwarded to

  • by March 25, 2015 -submit TRAQ DSS

  • April 1, 2015 -NSERC (External) Deadline


Strategic Project Grants in a nutshell:

Funds Available: No minimum or maximum specified. The average grant size in 2014 (not specific to Queen’s) was 163K/year.  The smallest grant was $74,500/year and the largest was $260,000/year.  Grant duration is 1-3 years.

Relevant Research Areas: Environmental Science and Technologies, Information and Communications Technologies, Manufacturing, Natural Resources and Energy. The Manufacturing target area now includes Additive Manufacturing (= 3D Printing) as a research topic.

Deadlines:Applications are due April 1, there is no letter of intent.  Queen’s internal deadline for submitting a draft: March 16.Please contact for details.

Program objective: The goal of the SPG-P program is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next 10 years.

Partner requirements: at least one supporting organization that must be either a Canadian-based  company or a government organization. The supporting organization must be actively involved in all stages of the project; therefore, in-kind contributions are required, but cash is not. NSERC encourages applicants to also incorporate international collaborations into their proposals.


  • The project must support the goal of Strategic Partnership Grants and fall within one of the target areas (see above, under Relevant Research Areas).
  • Priority will be given to applications that address the research topics identified in each target area. Projects that make a compelling case for research within the Context section of a target area description, but are outside the research topics, will be considered “exceptional” and may be funded subject to the availability of funds. No more than 20 percent of the budget will be allocated to “exceptional opportunities.”
  • At least one academic researcher and at least one supporting organization must collaborate in the project.
  • The supporting organization must be actively involved in all stages of the project; therefore, in-kind contributions are required, but cash is not.
  • Applications targeting incremental improvements to existing technologies will not be considered.


Resource Links

The Queen's-specific resources below reside on QShare and can be accessed with your Queen's NetID and password:

Queen's Best Practices Documents

Slides of a Reviewer's perspective presentation: (older, but lots of good advice):

NSERC Strategic Project Info-Session Slides 2015

Slides from the URS Strategic Project Workshop 2014

Slides from the URS Strategic Project Workshop 2013

Slides from the URS Strategic Project Workshop 2012


NSERC Resources

NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants (both Projects and Networks):

Additional information specific for Strategic Project Grants:

Description of the target areas:

International concurrent calls for proposals for joint research with France, Taiwan, Brazil suitable for co-funding with a SPG-P:

FAQ Page for SPG applicants:

NSERC Instructions

NSERC instructions for completing F101 for SPG-P:

NSERC instructions for F100:

NSERC instructions for F183A:

NSERC instructions for the F183A link manager (helps to trouble-shoot problems with linking/changing/unlinking the F183A)











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