NSERC CREATE Program - Internal Call for Expressions of Interest

NSERC's Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program supports the training and mentoring of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that:

  • encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities, and 
  • facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce
Even though NSERC CREATE LOIs will no longer be adjudicated and will proceed directly to the full application stage, NSERC's system of LOI quotas for universities remains in place (for non-international stream LOIs).  Please note that as in the past, it is anticipated that Lakehead University will have a quota of two letters of intent (regular stream) that it can submit to this competition. If you intend to submit an LOI to this program, you are asked to notify the Office of Research Services (ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca) by February 22, 2024 of your intention to apply to this opportunity.     
If more than two teams indicate that they are submitting an LOI to the CREATE program (again, under the regular stream), an internal competition will need to be held to determine which two LOIs may be considered for submission to NSERC. If it is determined that an internal competition needs to be held, further information on the specific materials that are required to be submitted by internal applicants will be provided at that time.
Given the highly competitive nature of the NSERC CREATE program and the requirement for institutional support, Principal Investigators will need to work closely with assigned research facilitators from the conceptualization of the project proposal to final submission.
Please note that the NSERC CREATE guidelines and LOI form have not yet been updated by NSERC.  However, information on the changes to the NSERC CREATE program can be found here.