University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services

2018 NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants

Including DND/NSERC Partnership Grants


 

Important Dates

CRDs can be submitted at any time. Typically, CRD decisions take 3-6 months, so a good time to apply is December-January to get a decision by March. This can allow you to have confirmed funding when you are hiring grad students for September. If you are considering applying for a CRD, please let your URS research projects advisor (RPA) (contact information at bottom of page) know early on as we can help you navigate the application process and put you in touch with other relevant units on campus.


Submission Process

NSERC CRD

Application steps:

  1. Forms on NSERC's online site. The following forms are required for a CRD​
  • Form 100 - Applicant's and any co-applicant(s)'s personal data form(s)
  • Form 101 - Application for a grant
  • Form 183A - Information Required from Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships - for each supporting organization
    • Including Support Letter(s) and Company Profile(s) from each supporting organization as attachments. 
    • It is recommended to ask supporting organizations to fill out the pdf version of form 183A, and then the PI (applicant) can create a 183A form online and transcribe the information into the online form to avoid complications with asking them to access NSERC's system.
  • Research Agreement - this is not required at the time of submission
    • you must submit a completed and signed research agreement between Queen's and the supporting organization(s) to NSERC within 6 months of a conditional offer
    • Research Contracts unit can help you negotiate this agreement. Research Contacts Unit contact information
  1. Once you have a draft please send to your RPA at URS for a review. 
  2. Complete a TRAQ DSS and determine the overhead to be paid by the supporting organization on their contribution. This is 25%. If you need to request a change to the overhead rate you can complete a Request for Variance to University indirect costs of sponsored research policy form. 
  3. URS is able to view your application once you select "verify" on the NSERC online site, however we can only forward to NSERC once you have selected "Submit to RGO". Once you are happy with your application, select "Submit to RGO" on NSERC's online site, the proposal will be sent to Queen's URS for a final review. Once URS is confident the application adheres to Queen's and NSERC regulations, it will be forwarded to NSERC.

Minimum requirements for forwarding the proposal to NSERC by URS:

  • TRAQ DSS approved by department and faculty. 
  • If supporting companies or government organizations are contributing cash, then the Queen's policy for indirect costs applies (25%), unless a Request for Variance in indirect costs form has been completed and approved. 
  • Proposals involving researchers at other universities also require approval of the proposal by an authorized representative of the research office of that university. Please e-mail your URS RPA for an explanation of that process.

DND/NSERC Research Partnerships Grant

Applicants must first contact the DND Scientific Authority to ensure that the proposed research activity aligns with the DND priorities. Proposals are submitted using the same forms as for a CRD, listed above. 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the NSERC program manager with a draft of their proposal, so they can review it and provide valuable feedback. 

The rest of the application process, including URS and TRAQ DSS requirements, is the same as for a CRD described above.


Descriptions & Resources

CRDs in a nutshell:

Funds Available: No minimum or maximum specified. The maximum award since 2010 was for $4,500,000 over five years, although it is not common to receive greater than $1M. The average CRD award since 2010 is $80K/y. 

Matching: NSERC will match cash 1:1 and they will also match in-kind 1:1 with cash, but only up to the amount of the industry cash contribution. The most common situation is: Company provides $X cash + $X in-kind => NSERC gives $2X cash. So the result is a 1:2 leveraging for company cash.

Success Rates: >90%. Usually problems with the success of CRDs stems from NSERC's uncertainty in the industrial partner's ability to make use of the results of the research.

Relevant Research Areas: CRDs support well define research projects supported by industrial partner(s) in natural science and engineering disciplines. 

Program objective: To give companies operating with a Canadian base access to researchers at Canadian Universities, and to train students in essential technical skills required by industry. 

Partner requirements: Canadian-based companies, industry associations and public utilities. It is a good idea to confirm eligibility for very new/small companies or other cases with unclear eligibility with NSER before putting together a whole application. Please contact your URS RPA for assistance with this. Additional information on eligibility of partner organizations can be found on the NSERC Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships page. 

Eligibility:

  • For the PI and co-applicants, general NSERC eligibility criteria for faculty apply. 
  • Adjunct professors are only eligible to apply for a CRD if their contract duration is at least 3 years, and if their primary place of employment is at an eligible Canadian university. 
  • At least one academic researcher and at least one supporting organization must collaborate in the project.
  • The proposed project must be well defined. 
  • The supporting organization is required to provide a cash contribution that is, at a minimum, 50% of the request from NSERC. The other 50% is made up from in-kind contributions from the supporting organization.
  • Applications targeting incremental improvements to existing technologies will not be considered.

DND/NSERC Research Partnerships in a nutshell

Funds Available: Maximum funds per project are limited to $500,000 except in special circumstances, evaluated on a case by case basis. 

Matching: NSERC and DND will match cash 1:1 and they will also match in-kind 1:1 with cash, but only up to the amount of the industry cash contribution. Company provides $X cash + $X in-kind => NSERC gives $2X cash, + DND gives $2X cash. So the results is a 1:4 leveraging for company cash. 

Success Rates: >90%. Usually problems with the success of CRDs stems from NSERC's uncertainty in the industrial partner's ability to make use of the results of the research. So with NSERC and DND, each party including the industry partner contributes 1/3 of the award i.e:

Company (cash + in-kind) = 1/3 total grant = NSERC cash award = DND grant cash award

Relevant Research Areas: The DND/NSERC Research Partnership support well define projects in the natural sciences and engineering in the following research topics (potentially to be updated sometime in 2018):

  1. Electronics – Technologies for the secure and reliable transmission and reception of information over long distances, and for the accurate and reliable determination of position, velocity and time (possibly under interference).
  2. Undersea Systems – Undersea sensors and response systems, including integration and persistence of undersea systems.
  3. Information Systems – Integration of technologies for decision-making, for situational awareness, and for secure distribution of data and information among users, and, in particular, solutions for the fusion of quantitative and qualitative information from large, heterogeneous and/or unreliable datasets.
  4. Autonomous Systems – Technologies to ensure that autonomous systems can deal with unexpected situations (changes, errors, etc.) or tasks that challenge their sensing, modeling, planning, or movement envelopes.
  5. Air Vehicles – Technologies related to flight safety and endurance in the Earth's atmosphere, and integration of these technologies.
  6. Naval Platforms – Technologies related to the safe, efficient and effective operation of surface ships and underwater vehicles, and their signatures.
  7. Mobility Systems – Technologies that affect mobility and endurance of land vehicles.
  8. Space Systems – Technologies that affect the affordable and effective use of Space for defence and security.
  9. Surveillance Systems – Technologies that exploit the electromagnetic spectrum for reliable detection, tracking, classification and identification of objects of interest.
  10. Human Performance Effectiveness – Technology and integration of technology to optimize human performance including, but not limited to, human-machine teaming and robotic collaboration, information fusion, human-machine interfaces, augmented reality, and wearable sensors.
  11. Life Support Systems – Technologies concerned with human effectiveness, protection, health, safety and survival in austere operational environments.

Partner requirements: Same as for CRDs above.

Eligibility:

  • For the PI and co-applicants, general NSERC eligibility criteria for faculty apply. 
  • Adjunct professors are only eligible to apply for a CRD if their contract duration is at least 3 years, and if their primary place of employment is at an eligible Canadian university. 
  • At least one academic researcher and at least one supporting organization must collaborate in the project.
  • The proposed project must be well defined and fit one of the research topics above.  
  • The supporting organization is required to provide a cash contribution that is, at a minimum, 50% of the request from NSERC. The other 50% is made up from in-kind contributions from the supporting organization.
  • Applications targeting incremental improvements to existing technologies will not be considered.​

 


Leveraging with OCE VIP II

If the company you plan of working with is based in Ontario, and the cash contribution is at least $25,000/y, then it’s possible to apply for both a DND/NSERC Partnership grant or a CRD grant and an OCE VIP-II grant with the same industry contribution. OCE VIP II will provide up to $150,000 over 2 years in addition to the DND/NSERC Partnership grant or CRD grant, matching in a similar way as for DND/NSERC. This provides up to 6:1 leveraging of company cash, with a DND/NSERC Partnership grant, and 4:1 leveraging of company cash with a standard CRD. For details on how this works and in what order you need to apply please contact your Queen's RPA, contact information below. 

 


Queen's Best Practices Documents

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


NSERC Resources


NSERC Instructions


Contacts

  • Queen's URS: 
  • NSERC generic contact for CRDs and DND/NSERC Research Partnerships: rpp@nserc-crsng.gc.ca, 613-995-1111