University Research Services

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University Research Services

2017 NSERC RTI Applications

RTI Applications are available on the NSERC Portal.

August 28 2017: the updated Best Practice document is now available for download with your Queen's net ID:
Newly hired faculty without a netID can email for a copy.

Queen's internal deadline for full reviews by URS staff is September 18, 2017.
Applicants from the faculty of applied science and engineering should send their draft (including CCV if available) to:
Applicants from all other faculties should send their draft (including CCV if available) to:

After Sept 18 we will still provide feedback as time allows, but will probably only have a much smaller amount of time to spend on each application. RTIs are very competitive, so a full URS review is highly recommended.

Mandatory internal deadline for submitting the RTI proposal on the NSERC site: October 20, 2017

TRAQ DSS for RTI proposals should be submitted by October 18, including a draft of the proposal and the budget justifications.

Instructions for submitting a TRAQ DSS for an RTI proposal

There will only be a regular stream for the RTI program this year, the Operations & Maintenance for Facilities stream has been discontinued.

August 9, 2017: NSERC has significantly changed the RTI instructions and made some minor changes to the RTI program description.  Most important changes: the proposal is now 4 pages long. The Relationship to Other Funding section has been eliminated, but now the relationship to other funding has to be addressed in the budget justification attachment, which is still only 2 pages long. "Number of hours/month" now means hours per month devoted to the use of the equipment. Co-applicants now have less sections to fill out, only the CCV and some minor questions, e.g., how many h/m they'll use the equipment.

May 11 2017: RTI program updates sent by NSERC:

Further to a consultation with the research community about the Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) program, NSERC is returning to the processes that were in place before the establishment of university quotas (2014 to 2017). The university quotas will be removed and the 2018 RTI competition will be open to all eligible Canadian university researchers. Researchers will be able to participate on one application per competition, either as an applicant or a co applicant, but not both.

August 30 2016: NSERC sent a list of RTI program changes and clarifications for frequently asked questions: NSERC clarifications and RTI changes

RTI Application Resources

NSERC Program Description:

NSERC Program Description for RTI proposals in subatomic physics:

NSERC Instructions for filling out an RTI application:

NSERC webinar slidedeck on how to apply for a 2017 RTI

Queen's URS tips and advice for filling out an RTI application:  (netID login required):
2017 Best Practices for RTI applications  (updated August 28, 2017)

NSERC RTI Peer Review Manual (pages 11-12 explain how the committee will evaluate your RTI proposa, the score sheet is on p 15-16l)   (was updated for 2017/18 in early Sept 2017)

Note: this RTI peer review manual does not apply to SAP-RTI proposals, see note on page 2 of the RTI peer review manual.

CCV Resources

May 17, 2017: The Queen's CCV instructions will still need to be updated for some recent changes in the instructions by NSERC.

Tips and Advice for Applicants

Please note: on the Portal, the PI of the proposal can "invite" the co-applicants, and then each co-applicant can enter their sections, such as the CCV, their eligibility profile, and the hours/month they plan to use the equipment. AFTER THEY HIT SUBMIT, THE CO-APPLICANTS ARE NOT ABLE TO MAKE ANY CHANGES.

The only way to make changes in the co-applicant sections after a co-applicant hits submit is for the PI to completely delete everything from that co-applicant, to re-invite them, and then the co-applicant has to re-enter everything from scratch.

URS Contact for RTI applications:


Vera Kettnaker,, extension 77314