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Upcoming Information Sessions

NSERC Engage and OCE VIP info session

presented by John Jackson (NSERC) and Philippa King  (OCE)

February 4th, 1:30 -3:30 p.m., KHS 107

For more information email

RSVPs requested

Event description:


NSERC* launched its new ‘Engage Grant’ funding initiative at the start of 2010.  Since that time, almost 5,000 Engage Grants have been awarded across the country. On average, 20 new Engage Grants are awarded every week.  With a success ratio of better than 85%, Engage makes it easy for academic researchers to start new, long-term collaborations with partners from Canadian industry.  Engage requires no cash contribution from the industry partner, involves minimal paperwork, has no application deadlines, and returns a funding decision from NSERC in 6 weeks.

 (* Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council - the federal fund-granting agency for academic research in engineering and natural sciences) 

In late 2012, NSERC began a multi-agency collaboration – dubbed ‘VIP1’ – with the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and other agencies in which Engage Grant funding became available in combination with additional funding by way of a single proposal and application.  With proper planning and execution of the application, VIP1 allows researchers and their industry partners to expand a six-month, $25,000 Engage activity into a twelve-month, $50,000+ activity.  VIP1 also extends the scope of eligible activities and expenses, so that previously-ineligible items such as conference travel, publication costs, and market research may now be carried out in conjunction with an Engage research activity.  (Note: VIP1 requires a $5,000 cash and $15,000 in-kind contribution from the industry partner, but leverages these with $20,000 - $25,000 in OCE cash).

The stand-alone Engage application process is quite straightforward.  Researchers who wish to pursue Engage with expanded scope and funding by way of the new ‘VIP1’ initiative will need to develop an integrated proposal and work with an application process that differs in look and content from what they may know from Engage. If you’d like to learn more about how to write and submit a successful application for VIP1-Engage, you should plan to attend a special workshop that will be held on campus on Wednesday, January 28th.  The session will be led by John Jackson (NSERC Ontario Regional Office), who will be joined by Philippa King from OCE.  The focus will be on practical instructions and tips for preparing a successful VIP1 application.  You’ll also get to hear the latest from NSERC about the regular ‘Engage’ and ‘Engage Plus’, and from OCE about new offerings like ‘TalentEdge’.

2015 NSERC Strategic Project Grants Information Session

Presented by Lucia Martinez, NSERC Strategic Grants Program Officer

Room KHS 107, Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

In this on-campus presentation, Lucia Martinez will give a general overview of the NSERC Strategic Project Grants Program (SPG), with specific discussion of the program objectives, target areas for 2015, definitions of supporting organizations and in kind contributions.

Please bring your questions, as we have allotted 30 minutes for Q&A.

NSERC Strategic Project Grants in a nutshell:

Deadline: Applications are due April 1, there is no letter of intent

Grant size: not specified by NSERC. In the last few years, successful SPGs from Queen’s have ranged from $25,000 - $1,800,000, with the majority of grants in the $300-400K range.

Duration: 1-3 years.

Target areas: expected target areas for 2015 (to be confirmed): Environmental Science & Technologies; Information & Communication Technologies; Manufacturing, and Natural Resources & Energy.

Program objective: The goal of Strategic Project Grants (SPG) 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.

For more information email or call x77314.


If you are looking for information about other specific grant programs, check out the presentations in the list of
archived information sessions.






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