Proposal Preparation - NSERC Strategic Projects: Sherman Shen
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  • Strategic Project Grants Program
    Objectives andKey Requirement:
    • To increase research & training in targeted areas that could strongly influence Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next 10 years.
    • To stimulate collaboration in early stage research in the targeted areas.
    • Must have involvement of an eligible non-academicpartner(s) (i.e. a supportingorganization)
  • Requirement
    • The research must fall within one of the target areas identified (from NSERC) for support View slide
    • The project must be well defined in duration, objectives and scope-Duration may be from one to three years View slide
    • One or more supporting organizations that can apply the results must collaborate in the project
    • Supporting organization must be actively involved in all stages of the project
    -In-kind contributions are required, but cash is not
  • Supporting Organizations
    A supporting organization can be:
    • Private sector: Canadian-based companies or multi-nationals with Canadian operations (R&D or manufacturing) that can apply the research results for economic gain.
    • Non-academic public sector: Canadian government organizations that can apply the research results to strengthen policies. (the proposal must clearly show how the project relates to their public policy responsibilities).
    A supporting organization cannot be:
    • NGO’s (NonGovernmental Organization), venture capitalists, government research labs, foreign research institutions, implementation sites, potential customers, hospitals, clinics.
  • Supporting Organization
    A supporting organization must also:
    • Demonstrate interest in the project (letters of support, in-kind and/or financial support, etc.).
    • Be involved at all stages of the research(help to develop the proposal, interact with researchers and students, provide input to the project).
    • Provide guidance concerning the exploitation of the results.
    • Validate the results of the research.
  • Target Area
    Advanced Communications and Management of Information
    (Target areas are reviewed every 5 years)
  • The SPG Application
    • Application for a Grant (Form 101) Parts I and II
    • Personal Data Forms (Form 100) + CVs of collaborators
    • Form 183A (partner’s information & contributions)
    • Letter of support describing partner’s involvement
  • Letter of Support – Key Points
    • Support for and agreement with the proposal
    • Reasons for being involved in the proposed collaboration
    • Anticipated benefits from project outcomes
    • Effort required to exploit results
    • Benefits to Canadian economy and the relevant timeframe
    • Anticipated interaction of personnel with the University and HQP
    • Company’s contribution to the project (in-kind, cash)
    • Company profile (for small companies or start-ups)
  • Evaluation Process
    Internal Selection Committee:
    • Proposal is assigned to three internal reviewers.
    • Discussion amongst the whole group (at the meeting).
    • Arrive at a consensus (at the meeting).
    External Referees:
    • Typically three per application (ongoing throughout July/August).
    • Technical expertise to aid the committee.
    • Applicants’ Appendix C.
  • Evaluation Process
    • Projects are evaluated against seven criteria
    • Each criterion is graded from 1 (lowest score) to 4 (highest score). Can use ½ scores.
    • Each criterion is of equal weight
    • Only projects that are strong in all 7 criteria are likely to be funded (≥ 2.0).
  • Selection Criteria
    • Originality of the research
    • Quality of the research
    • Project work plan
    • Quality of the applicants as researchers
    • Training potential
    • Interactions with the supporting organizations
    • Benefits to Canada and the supporting organizations
  • Funding Recommendations
    Level of Funding should be in the amount required to achieve objectives
    • Partial funding of any budget item may be recommended
    • The amount recommended must be sufficient to accomplish the proposed objectives within the identified time frame
    • Requests for equipment are eligible
    • The equipment must be essential for the project
    NSERC funds cannot flow to the supporting org.