2018 NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects

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NSERC has announced the 2018 NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects competition.  The competition will now be conducted in 2 stages, which includes a mandatory Letter of Intent (LOI) Stage.  The goal of the program is to increase research and training in targeted areas that will strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next 10 years. The program is intended to increase the participation of Canadian companies and government organizations in academic research and enable the transfer of knowledge, technology and expertise to those organizations.

Target areas and research topics are as follows:

**Please note the updated target areas and research topics are now in place.  Check the descriptions prior to preparing your application.**

  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Environment and Agriculture
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Natural Resources and Energy

Highlights for the 2018 Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects Competition:

  • New Letter of Intent stage added to the application process
  • New LOI Deadline date – February 1, 2018
  • Full application deadline (for those invited forward) – June 7, 2018
  • Where a government organization is a supporting organization, the letter of support accompanying Form 183A must be signed by a director general (or equivalent level).
  • Co-applicants from outside the natural sciences and engineering may be incorporated into the proposals.
  • Applicants are encouraged to incorporate international collaborations into their proposals. Information concerning calls for collaborative proposals can be found at international agreements

Information Session:

Learn more about this program at an upcoming Information Session which is scheduled for January 12, 2018from 1pm to 3pm in the Bahen Centre Room: BA 1240 (40 St George St, Toronto)
Please RSVP by January 5, 2018 to Joanna Baylon, Joanna.baylon@utoronto.ca

NSERC will also be conducting webinars about the new process in the coming weeks. Once announced, a Research Alert will be communicated with the research community.


  1. Letter of Intent (Form 189)
    • Instructions can be found here.
  2. Full Application  (Form 101)
    • Instructions can be found here.
  3. Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships – Form 183A
    • Instructions can be found here.

Critical Dates:

January 25, 2018: Internal Deadline for the letters of intent.  Please submit the following through My Research Application (MRA):

Completed electronic application package.

  • A My Research Applications (MRA) authorized by your Chair and/or Dean (as your unit’s policies determine) is required before your application can be approved by Research Services.
  • Upload a near final version of you’re your LOI (Form 189) to MRA

February 1, 2018: Sponsor Deadline for completed letter of intent.

April 1, 2018: Notice of Decision for letters of intent.  Applicants may be invited forward to submit a full application.

May 25, 2018: Internal Deadline for full applications.

  • Completed electronic application package including Form 100, 101, 183A and letters of support

June 7, 2018: Sponsor Deadline for full applications.

  • Submit online no later than 4pm.  Note that clicking submit releases your application to Research Services.  Research Services will in turn submit your application to NSERC, as per the NSERC online system process.

Results will be communicated by late-September to early October

Additional Information on the Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects will follow and current information can be found on the NSERC website


Contact Information

Alexander Quinn
Research Funding Manager
alexander.quinn@utoronto.ca | (416) 978-1614

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