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					     Opportunities for
International Collaboration

        Presented by Isabelle Blain
              Vice-President
     Research Grants and Scholarships
                 NSERC

Forum on enhancing international cooperation
                 Tainan
            September 28, 2005
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                                            About NSERC
NSERC Key Facts
• An arm’s length agency of the federal government that reports to
  Parliament through the Minister of Industry:
• NSERC is a “granting agency”, it does not conduct research and
  has no research facilities
• Governed by a Council with regional and cross-sectoral
  representation, 22 members appointed by government;
• Complements two other agencies, the Canadian Institutes of
  Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities
  Research Council (SSHRC);
• Supports research in 70 universities across Canada;
• About 330 employees, with headquarters in Ottawa and two
  regional offices (3 more planned).
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                                                                    Prosperity and high quality of life for Canadians


Vision & Mission:                                 Help make Canada a country of discoverers and
                                                  innovators for the benefit of all Canadians.

                We invest in:                             discovery                                                 innovation
                                        Competitive                                                                   Productive
                                        research in science and                      EXCELLENCE                       use of new
                                        engineering, providing access to                                              knowledge
                                        new knowledge from around the                                                 in all sectors
                                        world                                             people                      of the economy
                                                                                                                      and society
                                                                                        Highly skilled,
                                                                                         well educated
                                                                                        and capable of
                                                                                       lifelong learning
  Our goal is Canadian
         excellence in:                 CREATING                                WORKING IN ALL AREAS OF               USING NEW
                                        KNOWLEDGE                               SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY                KNOWLEDGE

         We do this through             Research Grants                           Scholarships and fellowships        Partnerships of
               peer-reviewed            for basic research                        for undergraduate students,         universities with
                competitions            in the universities                          postgraduate students,           industry and other
          in three programs                                                         postdoctoral fellows and          sectors for project
                                                                                    some university faculty           research
                                NSERC also works towards its goals by exerting INFLUENCE beyond our program reach                           3
                              How do we support R&D?

NSERC budget 2005-2006:
($millions)


                                 Discovery
Total budget:                   $442.2 - 51%
$862.2 million



                                                    Innovation
                                                   $111.6 - 13%
                   People
                                        Administration
                 $272 - 32%
                                         $36.4 - 4%


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                                                                                       R&D in Canada
                                                                                      Int’l benchmark
     How do we compare ?
   Sweden                                                                    4.3
                                                                                   Total expenditure on R&D
    Finland                                                            3.5
    Iceland                                                      3.2
                                                                                   2002 (or latest available),
     Japan                                                     3.1                 percent of GDP
South Korea                                                2.9
       USA                                               2.7
Switzerland                                              2.7
                                                                          Top 4 invests over 3% of their
  Germany                                            2.6
                                                                           GDP in R&D.
   Denmark                                         2.4
    France                                    2.2                         In 2002, Canada was 15th,
   Belgium                                   2.1                           investing less than 2%.
    Austria                              2
                                                                          The objective is to be amongst
Netherlands                             1.9
        UK                              1.9
                                                                           the top 5 by 2010.
    Canada                             1.8

 Source: Science and Technology Statistical Compendium (2004) OECD.                                              5
                                       International Collaboration
                 Top 40 Countries of Canadian Internationally
       Co-authored Papers in the Natural Sciences and Engineering, 2003
                    (% of Canadian International Papers)
 Country             %     Country             %        Country            %    Country             %

 1. U.S.           47.7    11. Spain          3.0       21. Finland       1.5   31. Czech Rep.     0.8

 2. U.K.           11.4    12. Switzerland    2.8       22. Norway        1.4   32. South Africa   0.7
                           13. Sweden         2.4       23. New Zealand   1.3   33. Argentina      0.6
 3. Germany         9.5
                           14. Poland         2.1       24. Taiwan        1.2   34. Turkey         0.6
 4. France          9.0
                           15. South Korea    2.0       25. Hungary       1.2   35. Chile          0.6
 5. Japan           6.6
                           16. India          1.7       26. Mexico        1.1   36. Ireland        0.6
 6. China           5.6
                           17. Brazil         1.7       27. Austria       1.1   37. Romania        0.4
 7. Italy           4.4
                           18. Denmark        1.7       28. Iran          0.9   38. Portugal       0.4
 8. Australia       4.2    19. Belgium        1.7       29. Greece        0.8   39. Thailand       0.3
 9. Russia          3.6    20. Israel         1.7       30. Singapore     0.8   40. Egypt          0.3
 10. Netherlands    3.1

Source: Observatoire des sciences et des technologies                                                    6
                  International Collaboration
Mechanisms for collaboration…
... People
 Outgoing: Postdoctoral fellowships and Graduate
  Scholarships available for tenure abroad; Summer Programs
  (in Taiwan and Japan)
 Incoming: Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government
  Laboratories; Canada Research Chairs & Industrial Research
  Chairs
 On-line databases of Canadian experts
 Peer Review Process
 Going Global S&T Fund at Department of International Trade
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                 International Collaboration
Mechanisms (cont’d)…
… Discovery
• Flexibility for use of funds in grant programs
• Special Research Opportunity (SRO) program

… Innovation
 Non-university partners (e.g. industry) can be foreign,
  though they must bring their own funding to the
  collaboration AND there has to be a technology receptor
  in Canada (benefit to Canada)

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                   Special Research Opportunity
                                  (SRO) Grants
Support new and emerging national or international
research opportunities and accelerate time-sensitive
research
   Exploratory “pre-research” activities (e.g. workshop)
   Collaborative research projects
   Program budget is $10M per year
   Individual researcher or teams of researchers may apply
   No deadline date for application submission
http://www.nserc.gc.ca/professors_e.asp?nav=profnav&lbi=a4

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                 Examples of Collaborations
• Research Projects
   Deep Sub-micro CMOS technology for highly-integrated RF
    broadband system
   Study of QoS over IP network
   Sample sequencing of the Streptomyces clavuligerus genome
• Workshops
   Bridge Technology
   Natural Disaster Prevention
   Aeronautical research and technology
• HPQ Exchange
   Summer Program in Taiwan
                    International Collaboration
Resources to facilitate collaboration…
• NSERC Awards Search Engine:
  www.nserc.gc.ca/programs/result/database.htm contains the
  results of NSERC competitions and information on its funding
  since 1991.
• NSERC Chair Holder Database:
  www.nserc.gc.ca/partners/chairs_e.asp is designed to connect
  you with some of Canada’s leading scientists and engineers.
• Canada Research Chairs:
  www.chairs.gc.ca/web/chairholders/index_e.asp. This database
  contains short profiles of each of the Canada Research Chairs to
  date.

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                             For Future Reference

Policy & International Division:
Denis Leclerc                 Jean-Pierre Rodrigue
Manager                       Int’l Relations Analyst
Tel: (613) 992-3445           Tel: (613) 996-9260
Denis.Leclerc@nserc.ca        Jean-Pierre.Rodrigue@nserc.ca

NSERC’s Website:                www.nserc.ca
International Cooperation:      www.nserc.gc.ca/intnew.htm
Bilateral Relations:            www.nserc.gc.ca/intern/bilagre.htm


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