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Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)

 NCE networks are large-scale, academically-led virtual research networks that bring together academic researchers in the health, natural, social and biomedical sciences with industry, government and not-for-profit organizations to accelerate the creation and application of knowledge on issues that are critical to Canadians and to the world.

Networks funded under the NCE Program will focus on broader Canadian issues, rather than be discipline-driven. It is expected that networks will address complex issues with multifaceted approaches and solutions.

The NCE Program goal is accomplished by investing in national research networks that meet the following objectives:

  • Stimulate internationally competitive leading-edge, multidisciplinary research in areas critical to Canadian economic and social development.
  • Develop and retain world-class research and research translation capabilities in areas essential to Canada's productivity and economic growth.
  • Create nation-wide and international partnerships that bring together the key individuals and organizations needed to generate and implement multifaceted solutions to complex Canadian challenges.
  • Accelerate the exchange of research results within the network and the use of this knowledge by organizations within Canada to produce economic and social benefits.
  • Increase Canada's international visibility and reputation as leaders in the network's area of research by attracting world-class collaborations, and developing partnerships with international organization counterparts, when applicable.


In general, NCE competitions are open to all research areas. The NCE Steering Committee will decide on the need to target research areas for new networks prior to each competition, taking into consideration:

  • the amount of funding available;
  • the broad areas already represented in the ongoing networks;
  • the need to promote or develop specific areas in accordance with national needs.

Additional information about the NCE program may be found on their website at: http://www.nce-rce.gc.ca/NCESecretariatPrograms-ProgrammesSecretariatRCE/NCE-RCE/Index_eng.asp