National Science Foundation Global Centres

How to Apply: 
NSF Global Centres is a collaborative effort among NSERC, SSHRC, NSF, Australia’s Commonwealth Science and Innovation Research Organization (CSIRO), and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to support the creation of international hubs of research excellence on the themes of climate change and clean energy that advance knowledge, empower communities, and generate discovery and innovative solutions at the regional and/or global scale. Through a lead agency model, the US Principal Investigator will submit a single collaborative proposal on behalf of the international research team, which will undergo a single review process at NSF, the lead agency. Eligible Canadian researchers may receive funding from NSERC or SSHRC, and their international collaborators may receive funding from their respective funding agency.
International and interdisciplinary research collaborations that bring together research on topics such as greenhouse gas emissions, atmospheric and oceanic circulation drivers, impacts of natural and built environment, human behavior, and policy constraints are needed to develop innovative solutions and approaches to tackling the complexity of climate change and clean energy. Canada’s participation in this initiative aligns with efforts outlined in Climate Science 2050: Advancing Science and Knowledge on Climate Change, an effort to identify and understand climate change science and knowledge gaps and advance the collaborative and interdisciplinary scientific efforts needed to inform climate action. 
Canadian university researchers in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences, and engineering are invited to work in partnership with collaborators from the US and optionally the UK and/or Australia as well as other countries. NSERC and SSHRC encourage the full range of disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches that address research needs under the climate change and clean energy themes. The Global Centres initiative includes two tracks:
  • Track 1 – Implementation: Funding up to $750,000 per year for four to five years for the establishment of a Global Centre
  • Track 2 – Design: Funding up to $100,000 per year for one to two years for coordination and preliminary research efforts aiming to foster future Global Centres proposals
Applications to Track 1 must be submitted by May 10, 2023, and between April 12 and May 10, 2023, for Track 2. Please read the funding opportunity for more details. Additional information is also available on the Global Centres (GC) page.
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Information session
NSERC and SSHRC will be offering joint information sessions on the NSF Global Centres initiative.
External Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
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