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Research Partnership Programs
Strategic Grants Program
    Office of Research Services
    University of New Brunswick
           March 23, 2005

                                                                       Ana Espejo
                                                                         Mary Hill

  Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada
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                                                                       Strategic Projects
The Strategic Project Grants program funds project research in
target areas of national importance and in emerging areas that
are of potential significance to Canada. The research is early
stage with the potential to lead to breakthrough discoveries.

Objectives
       • New knowledge or technology
       • Training of highly qualified personnel
       • Attracting Canadian organizations into early-stage
         collaborations
       • Transfer of knowledge and expertise to Canadian
         organizations
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                                                                        Strategic Projects

Target Areas
 •   Biosciences
      analytical biochemistry, tissue engineering, food processing,
       aquaculture, etc.
 •   Environment and Sustainable Development
      bioremediation, biodiversity, ecology, water quality, etc.
 •   Information and Communications Technologies
 •   Value-Added Products and Processes
      advanced materials and processes, catalysis, fuel cells, etc.
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                                                                     Strategic Projects

Highlights
 • Early stage research projects
 • One to three years duration
 • In target areas of national importance or emerging
   areas of potential significance
 • At least one non-academic participating organization
 • Cash contribution not required
 • Success rate in 2003: 25.6%
 • Over $10 million expected to be awarded in 2005
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                                                                                          Innovation Programs

Budget 2004-2005 ($M)
                                     Network Centres of
                                     Excellance $38.2,
                                           24%                                           Research Networks
                                                                                             $18, 11%

                                                                                                  Research
                                                                                             Agreements $5.5, 3%

Strategic Projects                                                                          Technology Transfer
     $50, 33%                                                                                    $8.6, 5%

                                                                                          Innovations Platforms
                                                                                                 $2, 1%
                                                                              University Industry
                                                                             Projects $35.7, 23%

Total: $158M
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                                                                                      Strategic Projects

 Competition Results 2003-04
   Target Area                 Number of     Success Total ($M)
                         Applications Awards Rate (%) Requested Awarded
Biosciences                       122     32     26.2     19.08     4.39
Environment and                   109     32     29.4     15.63     3.33
Sustainable
Development
Information and                                  60                   14       23.3    8.52      1.87
Communications
Technologies
Value-Added Products                          107                     26       24.3   13.38      3.14
and Processes
New Directions                                 24                     4        16.7    3.43      0.60
TOTAL                                         422                   108        25.6   60.04     13.33
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                                                                                                 Strategic Projects

Average Awards 1993-2004
$160,000
$140,000
$120,000
$100,000
 $80,000
 $60,000
 $40,000
 $20,000
     $0
           1993   1994    1995         1996         1997        1998        1999   2000   2001    2002   2003   2004
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                                                                       Strategic Projects

Participating Organizations
 • Public or private sector
 • Canadian based
     Foreign organizations are okay only if no Canadian
      organization exists, and Canada will still benefit
 • Able to use the results
 • Cash contribution not required
 • Participation
     development of the proposal, ongoing interaction, guidance on
      exploitation of results, training
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                                                                     Strategic Projects

What makes a good partner?
 • Communication: with the team, in the training of HQP,
   in the dissemination of results.
 • Vision: clear expectations and understanding of IP,
   research goals coincide with company’s vision.
 • Realistic Plan: work plan should be agreed upon by all,
   consensus on research priority expectations.
 • Active Management: dynamic, involvement, team work,
   mechanisms for conflict resolution, integration of new
   ideas or new team members, etc.
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                                                                      Strategic Projects

To Improve Your Chances of Success
    •   Follow program guidelines
    •   Address specific program requirements
    •   Involve your industrial partners from the start
    •   Present novel ideas
    •   Ask for help
         NSERC Program Officer
         A colleague
         Office of Research Services
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                                                                       Strategic Projects

Selection Criteria (equal weight)
   1.   Originality of the research
   2.   Quality of the research
   3.   Project work plan
   4.   Quality of the applicants as researchers
   5.   Training potential
   6.   Interactions with the supporting organizations
   7.   Benefits to Canada and the supporting organizations

 **Refer to NSERC website for detailed selection criteria**
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                                                                       Strategic Projects

Writing the Proposal: Section 1
Approx. 7 pages, addressing selection criteria 1 to 4:
 • Short and long term objectives
 • Relationship of the research to current scientific,
     technical and commercial developments in the field
 •   Approach, methodology, experimental design and
     techniques
 •   Impact of the research on the field
 •   Pertinent expertise, roles and expected contributions of
     team members
 •   Project work plan
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Writing the Proposal: Section 2
Approx. 1 page, addressing selection criteria 5:
 • Training plan for the project
 • How the supporting organizations are involved in the
   training
 • Potential to provide highly qualified personnel with skills
   relevant to the needs of Canadian organizations
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Writing the Proposal: Section 3
Approx. 1 page, addressing selection criteria 6:
 • Interactions with the supporting organizations
 • Plan for knowledge and technology transfer, including
   the strategy for communicating the research results
 • Use the Intellectual Property - Attachment section to
   attach a copy of any research or intellectual property
   agreement (ORS has a template agreement)
 • ORS has standard wording that can be inserted in the IP
   section of the Form 101
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Writing the Proposal: Section 4
Approx. 1 page, addressing selection criteria 7:
 • Potential benefits to Canada and the supporting
   organizations that will arise from the project.
 • How benefits might be realized and the time frame over
   which they can be expected.
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                                                                     Strategic Projects

Writing the Proposal: Format
• Maximum of 10 single-sided pages
• Follow presentation guidelines: max. ¾” margins,
    min. 12pt font, name and PIN at top of each page,
    number pages
•   Use clear section and sub-section headings
•   Do not include colour figures or tables
•   References on separate page (max 1 page)
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                                                                      Strategic Projects

Writing the Proposal: General Tips
• Create an outline based on section content and
    evaluation criteria.
•   Balance technical and non-technical language – the
    committee members who will be voting on your
    application may not be experts in your specific area.
•   Write persuasively – explain why your work is
    important, discuss its impact and relevance.
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                                                                       Strategic Projects

Formulating the Budget
 • Review the Budget and Budget Justification
       make sure numbers add up corresponding to the budget
        sheet
       salaries meet program guidelines
       items requested are reasonable and well justified
       correct HST rate used on equipment and supplies (2.31%
        and 10.31% respectively)
 • Relationship to other research support. What other
   grants do you hold and how are they related? No agency
   wants to fund a program of research for which you
   already get funding.
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                                                                     Strategic Projects

Form 100: Personal Data Form (CV)
 • Does it meet the guidelines and presentation standards?
 • Is your list of Research Support held in the past or
   currently held complete? Did you include grants recently
   applied for?
 • Are the correct date ranges used for the publications
   list?
 • Delays in research, career interruptions explained well
 • Information on the training of Highly Qualified Personnel
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                                                                   Strategic Projects

Prior to Application Submission ORS will:
  • Provide information about the NSERC programs
  • Liaise with Program Officers
  • Review application guidelines and procedures
  • Work with departments to find out who is
    applying for grants
  • Assist in preparing Intellectual Property
    Agreement
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                                                                        Strategic Projects

Application Process
  •   Deadline: April 1 (ORS), April 15 (NSERC)
  •   Application for a Grant (Form 101) Parts I and II
  •   Personal Data Forms (Form 100)
  •   Two quotations for equipment over $25,000
  •   Material from supporting organizations
       Form 183a
       Letter of support describing their involvement in the project

  • Submit online or send paper copies
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                                                                      Strategic Projects

How to…
 1. Go to www.nserc.ca
 2. Click on Online Services in the top menu.
 3. Click on PDF Forms and Instructions.
 4. Select instructions for the form you need.
     Example: Form 101, Strategic Project

 5. Here you will find details on
     How to fill out the form
     Address the 7 criteria (“Research Proposal”)
     How the proposal will be evaluated – see “Evaluation”
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                                                                      Strategic Projects

Online Submission
  •   Link Form 100 (Personal Data Form) to Form 101
      (Application for a Grant)
  •   Use the Access Manager section of your Form 101 to
      give a supporting organization the ability to link a
      Form 183A to your application
  •   If you are filling out the Form 183A on behalf of the
      participating organization, use the Link Manager
      section of Form 183A to link to your application
  •   Pressing Submit sends the application to Ana at ORS
      for review
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                                                                        Strategic Projects

UNB Submission Process
 •   Submit one copy only for review by ORS. Once reviewed
     you will be notified so you can submit final copies. “Do
     Not Photocopy” specific pages of application for NSERC.
 •   ORS ensures all signatures are in place – Chair, Dean,
     co-applicants, Appendices
 •   Review your application for completeness, correct
     number of pages and in the correct order
 •   Certification Requirements – Research involving humans,
     animals, biohazards and environmental impact
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                                                                              Strategic Projects

Competition Timetable

   • Application deadline:                                          April 15, 2005

   • External peer review:                                               Summer

   • Panel evaluation:                                                 September

   • Results announced:                                              Late October

   • Deadline for appeals:                                          January 2006
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Contact Us
Office of Research Services
Room 215, Sir Howard Douglas Hall
(506) 453-4674
http://www.unb.ca/research/ors
ors@unb.ca
                                           Ana Espejo – espejo@unb.ca
                                           Individual grants (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR)

                                           Mary Hill – mhill@unb.ca
                                           Proposal Support

                                           David Foord – foord@unb.ca
                                           Director, Intellectual Property

								
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