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NSERC CREATE Program, Information Sessions

When Feb 05, 2018
from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Webinars
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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC):  Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program (CREATE)

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The objective of the CREATE program is to support the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad, through the development of innovative training programs that 1)  encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, 2) address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities, 3) facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce. 

The training programs should encourage the following, as appropriate:

a)   student mobility nationally or internationally between individual universities, and between universities and other sectors;
b)   interdisciplinary research within the natural sciences and engineering (NSE), or at the interface between the NSE and health, or the social sciences and humanities (the main focus of the training must still lie within the NSE);
c)   increased collaboration between industry and academia;
d)  improve job-readiness within the industrial sector (i.e., exposing participants to the specific challenges of the sector and training people with the skills identified by industry).


Each training initiative must focus on providing a value-added experience to the university training environment to better prepare research trainees for their future careers in industry, government, or academia.


NSERC priority areas:
.  Environmental science and technologies
.  Natural resources and energy
.  Manufacturing
.  Information and communications technologies
.  other  (applicants may submit training programs that do not fall under any of the priority areas listed above).

The CREATE program offers three opportunities within its current budget envelope:

1)  Regular Stream:  involves a variety of collaborations; academic/government/industry/NGO, Canadian/international.
2)  Industrial Stream:  links industry and academia to increase the supply of highly qualified personnel who are 1) “employer-ready”, 2) can generate immediate results after graduation. 
3)  International Collaboration, The German Research Foundation:  supports a bilateral training program that involves an exchange of students between Germany and Canada.
(review For the International Collaboration Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) at  




The total funding for successful applicants is $1.65 million over 6 years. Applicants may request a minimum of $100,000 to a maximum of $200,000 in Year 1, and a minimum of $250,000 to a maximum of $350,000 in years 2 to 6 (as long as the total over six years remains at $1.65 million).

Application process:
Since institutional commitments may be involved, Faculty endorsement is required for all applications on which McMaster researchers are identified as applicants or co-applicants.
Notify your intent to apply to your Department Chair, Associate Dean Research for your Faculty, as well as ROADS by February 26, 2018.


The Letter of Intent (LOI) is due to ROADS by March 19, 2018.

NSERC has limited the number of LOIs that may be submitted by McMaster to six.  The LOIs submitted by March 19, 2018 will undergo an internal review process using NSERC’s selection criteria. Only those selected by McMaster’s internal selection committee will be forwarded to NSERC by May 1, 2018.


Only LOIs selected by NSERC’s CREATE multidisciplinary committee will be invited to submit a full application for September 22, 2018.

ROADS contact:
Nathan Coschi, Senior Advisor, at or extension 21581