New Pilot Program - NSERC Operations and Maintenance Support to Research Facilities

Mon. Sep. 12, 2016

NSERC has introduced a new pilot funding opportunity to its Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) initiative. The Operations and Maintenance Support to Research Facilities funding opportunity aims to facilitate access for Canadian university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering to regional and national research facilities in Canada by contributing to their operations and maintenance costs.

Funding opportunity details

This new funding opportunity has been launched in time for the 2017 Research Tools and Instruments competition. Grants will help regional and national Canadian research facilities cover their operations and maintenance costs for one or two years, with contributions of up to $150,000 per year. The budget planned for this funding opportunity is $2 million, for a total of 10 to 20 awards.

The number of applications submitted to this funding opportunity is not restricted by NSERC’s university quotas set for the RTI program. Researchers will submit an application to the RTI program and follow specific instructions to apply for the Operations and Maintenance Support to Research Facilities funding opportunity. Applications will be assessed by a multi-disciplinary selection committee.

Consult the description and Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Should you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please email NSERC at  

Internal Deadline: October 17, 2016

NSERC Deadline: October 25, 2016