Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program

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Up to six years
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NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program:  2014 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 that address significant scientific challenges

•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.

In addition, these programs should encourage the following as appropriate:

  • 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
  • with the addition of 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.

2.  The CREATE Program encourages:

•Job readiness – prepare for an easier transition

•Industrial collaboration

•Student mobility between universities (even internationally) or to industry/government settings to gain valuable experience

•Interdisciplinary research

3.  CREATE Program Priority Areas
To build on Canada’s research strengths and priorities and to enhance our success, at least 60 percent of the CREATE funding will be directed to the following priority areas:


*Environmental science and technologies;

*Natural resources and energy;

*Manufacturing, and

*Information and communications technologies.


4.  General CREATE Program Information
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. Undergraduate students can be supported and integrated into the training program as potential future graduate students, but a proposal that is focused solely on support of undergraduate students will not be considered.

CREATE projects should be recognized for:
-Innovative nature
-Excellence of the researchers and their training success
-Capacity to raise the standard for best practices in training
-Encouraging student mobility

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. As with last year's competition, applicants can submit proposals through the industrial stream.


5.  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 March 15 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 2014 competition have not yet been posted.  The updated guidelines will be posted on during March 2013.  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: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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CIHR Open Operating Grant

The CIHR Open Operating Grant Program (OOGP) provides operating funds to support research proposals in all areas of health research including randomized controlled trials. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) is an experiment in which investigators randomly assign eligible human research participants or other units of study (e.g., classrooms, clinics, playgrounds) into groups to receive or not receive one or more interventions that are being compared. The results are analyzed by comparing outcomes in the groups.

Funding Year(s): 
From one to five years
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Important: Please read all instructions to familiarize yourself with the application process before applying. For new applicants or for those wanting a reminder of the main application procedures, an overview of CIHR's application processes can be found under Apply for Funding. Note that these are general instructions only as the specific application instructions for this funding opportunity are located below.

External Deadline: 
Friday, March 1, 2013
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Discovery Frontiers Call for Proposals: Advancing Big Data Science in Genomics Research

Discovery Frontiers (DF) grants support a limited number of large international activities, opportunities or projects that are of high priority in the context of advanced research in Canada. These will be led by teams of world-class Canadian researchers and will generate substantial benefits for Canada.

This initiative aims to bring together groups of researchers in new ways to address a major research challenge. The teams will incorporate new and emerging ideas and will combine their complementary expertise to conduct transformative, paradigm-changing research.

The objective of this 2013 DF call is to support the establishment of a major initiative with strong international linkages. The initiative will develop tools and methodologies for integrating various types of ‘omics data (e.g., genomics, proteomics, metabolomics) with: 1) each other; 2) phenotypic data collected from different organisms of study; or 3) data sets originating from diverse scientific disciplines/fields, including but not limited to imaging, ontology/semantics, biophysics, environmental science and evolution.

$1 500 000.00
External Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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External Deadline: 
Friday, February 22, 2013
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