NSERC Research Tools & Instruments (RTI) Grants
The internal competition is being re-opened to solicit applications to fill the remaining two spots available in Memorials quota for the NSERC RTI competition. Guidelines and deadlines for this extended competition are attached below.
Memorial has received a quota of eight (8) applications for the upcoming NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Program. To facilitate an internal process required by NSERC to submit applications to the national competition, there will be a three step process (see Attachments below - "Memorial's Internal Procedures for Selecting NSERC RTI Applications: Registration, Application and Deadlines" for full details and application instructions):
- Step I Registration by Academic Units for Internal Proposal Review Committee (ORS does NOT require any action by individual researchers during Step I.)
- Internal Deadline: Noon, Friday, August 30th, 2013
- Step II Submission of ShortForm Internal Application to ORS by Researchers
- Internal Deadline:Noon, Monday, September 9th, 2013
- Documents to be submitted electronically to the Office of Research Services via firstname.lastname@example.org, in a single, compiled PDF (Filename: PI last name_Initials_Faculty.PDF)
- Note: The Internal Proposal Review Committee may request additional information or clarification regarding any application received. Applicants must be available to provide any required information to the committee during the internal application review period (September 12th September 19th, 2013). Researchers that have submitted applications selected for further development and submission to NSERC will be informed of such decision within 3 working days of a committee decision.
- Step III Submission of Selected Applications to NSERC
- Internal Deadline:Noon, Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
- External Deadline: 5 p.m., NL local time, Friday, October 25th, 2013
- Applications must be received by the Office of Research Services, together with Head and Dean approvals as appropriate by 3 working days prior to the external deadline
- Comprehensive Review of applications can also be provided by the Office of Research Services please submit applications to ORS by noon, October 10th, 2013 to request such review.
Submitting a RTI Grant application requesting $150,000 $250,000
For applications requesting funding >$150,000, confirmation of secured funding must be provided to the Office of Research Services prior to electronic signature by ORS to submit applications to NSERC. NSERC will accept applications for equipment whose total net cost is up to $250,000, provided that the applicant has secured, at the time of application submission to NSERC, the additional funding from other sources to bring the amount requested from NSERC to $150,000 or less. Funding may come from a variety of sources applicants are encouraged to contact ORS to review eligibility of matching funds (secured or to be applied for). Applicants who anticipate that they will require funding from the Research & Development Corporation (RDC) for their NSERC RTI application, should contact Matthew Grimes (x3252), Pamela White (x2598) or Joy Carew (x6891), Office of Collaborations and Partnerships, for further information. Any internal applications selected forfurther development towards submission to NSERC for the national RTI competition which will require funding in excess of $150,000, and have identified RDC as a secured or planned source of funding, will be forwarded to the Office of Collaborations and Partnerships towards facilitating applications to the RDC or confirming funding as appropriate.
Summary of changes to the NSERC Research Tools and Instrument Grants Program
(from NSERC Communication 23 July, 2013)
The NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program provides the primary avenue to obtain up to $150,000 in support for research tools and instruments with a total net cost between $7,001 and $250,000. Based on the outcome of our consultations with stakeholders, NSERC will continue to conduct a national competition for RTI but will be providing universities with a quota of the number of RTI applications that they can submit to NSERC annually. This quota is based on the number of NSERC fundedresearchers in the natural sciences and engineering at each university. In order to assist universities in selecting and submitting RTI applications to NSERC, the changes to the program starting this year are summarized below.
- Universities can submit applications up to the number of their quota. Each universitys quota can be found on the NSERC Secure Site. The quota and the changes to the RTI Grants Program do not apply to the Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments applications.
- A researcher can be an applicant or a coapplicant on any number of applications.
- In the Proposal page of the RTI application, the attachment is now limited to three pages.
- An application including applicants from more than one university would normally count against the quota of the university where the tools and instruments would be located. However, for cases in which the tools and instruments would be located in a multi institutional facility, please contact NSERC so that we candetermine whether the application should be considered outside of the quota.
- NSERC will accept applications that include various tools and instruments that form a comprehensive system intended to support a single or multiple research programs. However, bundling of unrelated tools and instruments, or of duplicate tools and instruments intended for different uses, will not be accepted.
- Multiple year requests will not be accepted. Many elements of the RTI Program and the application submission will remain the same.
- The NSERC deadline remains October 25 at 8 p.m. (ET). Each university will have its own internal deadline.
- The selection criteria remain the same:
- excellence of the applicant(s);
- merit of the proposed research program(s);
- need for and urgency of the equipment, including availability of and access to similar equipment;
- suitability of the proposed equipment for the proposed research program(s); and
- importance of the equipment for the training of highly qualified personnel.
- As well, the forms remain the same and should be completed using the online system.
Please address any queries to a Grants Coordinator, Office of Research Services
- Karen Follett, (x8252) Grants Coordinator (Arts, Engineering, and MI)
- Tasha Harrold, (x4745) Grants Coordinator (Science, Business Administration, Education, Music, Councelling Centre and the Labrador Institute)
- Vicki Gill, (x3045)G Grants Coordinator (Medicine, Pharmacy, Grenfell, Human Kinetics and Recreation, Nursing, Social Work)
This funding opportunity was posted by the Office of Research Services.
- Update - Extended Deadline Guidelines (UPDATE - Memorial's Internal NSERC RTI Competition Registration and Deadlines.pdf)
- ORS Internal Approval Form for NSERC RTI Applications (ORS_Internal_Approval_Form_RTI_Applications-2013.pdf)
- Memorial's Internal Procedures for Selecting NSERC RTI Applications: Registration, Application and Deadlines (Internal_RTI_Registration_Deadlines.pdf)
Last updated: 2013-09-12 09:30:52