Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grant Information for Queen’s Applicants

NEW: Beginning this year (i.e., competition 2023, with a deadline of October 2022) Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants applicants and co-applicants who were successful in the previous year’s RTI competition will be ineligible to apply for one year. Eligibility will be reinstated the following competition year. This change is being implemented to increase access to the RTI program to the largest number of eligible researchers. This decision, as well as the changes to the selection criteria for this year, are informed by the recent evaluation of the Discovery research program and the results of the gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) of the RTI program

Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment.

The RTI grants program provides the primary avenue for university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering to obtain up to $150,000 in support for research tools and instruments with a net cost between $7,001 and $250,000.

To be eligible to apply for and to hold RTI funds, applicants and co-applicants must each

  • meet NSERC’s eligibility criteria for faculty 
  • hold at least one of the following NSERC research grants (either as an applicant or co-applicant): *
    • Discovery Grant 
    • Discovery Development grant
    • Alliance grant 
    • Strategic Partnership grant
    • Collaborative Research and Development grant 
    • Industrial Research Chairs grant 
    • Canada Research Chairs 
    • Canada Excellence Research Chairs 
    • Canada 150 Research Chairs 

*Applicants and co-applicants may apply for any of the above grants while concurrently applying to the RTI program. However, if any applicant or co-applicant does not hold one of the above grants by the RTI award start date, or is not successful in obtaining one of these grants while concurrently applying to the RTI program, the applicant and/or co-applicant will be deemed ineligible and removed from the application. 

Please contact Andrea Hiltz ( to indicate your intent to reply.

Timeline for Queen's Applicants:

Thursday, August 25, 2022

3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Panel Discussion and Q&A

This session is for any Queen’s Researcher who is applying for an NSERC Research Tools and Instruments grant or who is interested in learning more about the program requirements.

Register for this session

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Link for live Q&A for September 6, 2022

Thursday, September 29, 2022

1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

Link for live Q&A for September 29, 2022
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Optional Research Services Review Deadline: If you would like a full administrative review (clarity, flow, “grantsmanship”, fit to call, etc) please email a draft of your complete application, including CCV on or before October 5, 2022, to Andrea Hiltz (

Applicants are also highly encouraged to seek scientific/technical review from their peers 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

TRAQ DSS file submission deadline. Applicants must create a TRAQ file for their Research Tools and Instruments application.

 Instructions for submitting a TRAQ DSS for a Research Tools and Instruments Grant Proposal

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

at noon

Mandatory Portal Submission Deadline: all applicants must submit their application on the NSERC Portal by this date.  Queen’s Research Services will submit your application to NSERC before the agency deadline.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

8:00 pm

RTI applications are officially due at NSERC. 

*Please note: applications not submitted to the portal by NOON on October 19 will not be reviewed or returned to the applicant for corrections.

Contact Information

NSERC Technical Support (for NSERC portal)


CCV Technical support


 (Toll Free) 1-888-603-4178

Queen's contact for Research Tools and Instruments applicants

Andrea Hiltz