Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program: 2016 Competition

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NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program:  2016 Competition - Internal Call for Proposals

1.  Goals of the CREATE Program
NSERC's CREATE Program supports the training 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.
These innovative programs must include the acquisition and development of important professional skills among students and postdoctoral fellows that complement their qualifications and technical skills.


CREATE initiatives should enourage:

  • student mobility, nationally or internationally, between individual universities and between universities and other sectors;
  • interdisciplinary research within the natural sciences and engineering (NSE), or at the interface between the NSE and health, or the social sciences and humanities. However, the main focus of the training must still lie within the NSE;
  • increased collaboration between industry and academia; and
  • for the industrial stream, an additional objective is to support improved job-readiness within the industrial sector by exposing participants to the specific challenges of this sector and training people with the skills identified by industry.
Successful applicants will consist of a group of accomplished researchers who will work collaboratively to offer a defined research training program to a group of trainees. This environment will provide trainees with experience relevant to both academic and non-academic careers. The research training experience should focus on providing an enriched training experience for graduate (master’s and doctoral) students.
CREATE projects will be recognized for:
  • their innovative nature to create a rich research training environment;
  • the excellence of the researchers, and their success in training highly skilled and educated personnel for future employment in all sectors including industry, government and academia;
  • their capacity to raise the standard for best practices in research training and development of professional skills of new researchers; and
  • encouraging student mobility, as appropriate, either between different Canadian universities, or between the universities and potential workplaces or among participating Canadian and international institutions, thus promoting international awareness.

Eligibility conditions for applicants, co-applicants and institutions apply. CREATE grants are tenable only at NSERC-eligible Canadian universities and the applicant must hold an eligible position at that university. Researchers at non-eligible organizations may participate as collaborators.

2.  How to Apply/Internal Deadline/Additional Requirements

Applying to the CREATE program involves a two phase application process:

Phase 1: Letter of Intent

Phase 2: Application (if invited only)

The CREATE program is highly selective, with pre-screening based on the Letter of Intent. Only applicants successful at the Letter of Intent stage will be invited to submit a full application.

Internal Process/Quota
A yearly quota has been established for each university and only those researchers selected at their university can submit Letters of Intent.  Under its assigned quota, Lakehead University can submit up to two letters of intent to the CREATE  program.  Therefore, researchers are asked by February 13 to indicate to the Office of Research Services (e-mail to if they plan to submit a letter of intent to NSERC. If more than two applicants indicate that they intend to submit a letter of intent, an internal competition will need to be held to determine which two LOIs are submitted by the NSERC deadline of May 1 competition.


More information on the program can be found at:

Please note the CREATE program guidelines for the 2016 competition have not yet been posted.  Once they have been posted, researchers should consult the new guidelines and LOI Form/Instructions once NSERC has posted them to ensure that they have completed their LOIs properly.

External Deadline: 
Sunday, May 1, 2016
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