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					                                                                                                                                     Prosperity and high quality of life for Canadians




                                                            NSERC
                                                                                         vision and mission
                                                                                                                                                     NSERC
                                                           Discovery
                                                             Grants
                                                          Information
                                                            Session                      Our goal is Canadian
                                                                                         Our goal is Canadian
                                                                                               excellence in:              CREATING              WORKING IN ALL AREAS OF           USING NEW
                                                                                               excellence in:
                                                                                                                           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 Information Session                                                                                         Agenda
                University or Society Name
                      Date xx, 2007
                                                                                                 • NSERC Updates
     Name 1                     NSERC                     DEPT   Type of participation
                                                                  on GSC (i.e., GSC#
                                                                 and name, role, year)
                                                                                                 •       Program Updates
                                                                                                 •       2007 Competition Results
     Name 2                  GSC Member                   DEPT
                                                                                                 •       Preparing a Grant Application
                                                                                                 •       Important News From Your Grants Office
                                  RGO




               NSERC Budget 2007-08                                                      Discovery Programs Budget 2007-08
                              (millions of dollars)




                                                                                                                               (millions of dollars)
                                                                                                                                    Total: $399
                                       Total: $920
                                                                                          1. Includes Canadian Light Source funding from NRC ($3M) and Budget 2004 ($6M). Excludes $37M increase
1. Excludes $37M increase from the 2007 Federal Budget.                                        from the 2007 Federal Budget.




                                                                                                                                                                                                         1
     Proposed Allocation of $37M                       Discovery Grants International
              Increase                                            Review
                  (millions of dollars)
                                                      • Value for Money and Accountability
                                                        Review carried out in 2006
                                                      • Concerns raised:
                                                         • Is a 75% success rate consistent with
                                                           international standards of quality?
                                                         • Are best researchers supported at an
                                                           internationally competitive level?
                                                      • NSERC is convening an International
                                                        Review Committee




Grant Selection Committee (GSC)                                    Regional Offices
       Structure Review                               • Ensure a visible presence in the regions and bring
• Current discipline-based GSC structure may            NSERC closer to students, researchers, and industry
  have difficulties handling inter-disciplinary and
                                                      • Raise awareness of NSERC’s activities and promote
  new areas of research
                                                        participation in the programs
• To handle increasing workload, GSCs are sub-
  dividing and thus becoming more specialized,        • Create linkages between academic and private sectors
  exacerbating the problem                            • Promote science and math education
• Is there a better way? NSERC is reviewing the
  current system                                                                           The new Ontario and
• Further details, see web site or contact                                                 Quebec NSERC regional
                                                                                           office location to be
  Andrew.Woodsworth@nserc.ca                                                               determined in 2007-08.




                 Agenda                                          Program Updates

 •    NSERC Updates                                   • Discovery Accelerator Supplements
 •    Program Updates                                 • University Faculty Awards Program (UFA)
 •    2007 Competition results
 •    Preparing a Grant Application
 •    Important News From Your Grants Office




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Discovery Accelerator Supplements                                                          University Faculty Awards (UFA)
   • Objectives: to provide substantial and timely                                         • 2008 will be the final UFA competition
     resources to outstanding researchers with
                                                                                           • Separate programs aimed at women and
     established research program, at a key point in
     their career                                                                            Aboriginals in the natural sciences and
   • $120,000, normally over three years
                                                                                             engineering NSE will be developed
   • Nominations made by GSCs in February then
     reviewed by interdisciplinary committees
   • 100 supplements in 2008-09 with half in target
     areas (ICT, energy & natural resources,
     environmental science & technologies)




                                 Agenda                                                  2007 Discovery Grants Results: All Disciplines
                                                                                                                          First-time Applicants                   Returning Applicants

                                                                                              Disciplines                                    Avg.                                       Avg.
                                                                                                                  No           Success                       No       Success
     •     NSERC Updates                                                                                         App.            (%)
                                                                                                                                             Grant
                                                                                                                                                            App.        (%)
                                                                                                                                                                                        Grant
                                                                                                                                              ($)                                        ($)

     •     Program Updates                                                                Life Sciences           315            50.8       27,270          814           66.6          34,625

                                                                                          Physical Sciences       189            58.7       26,664          579           79.8          39,505
     • 2007 Competition results
                                                                                          Math, Stats                84          69.4       14,356          218           76.1          18,570
     •     Preparing a Grant Application                                                  Computer Science           57          72.3       18,764          297           81.8          25,311

     •     Important news from your grants office                                         Engineering             222            60.4       21,077          740           73.9          26,095

                                                                                          Subatomic Physics          12          91.7       42,591          21            85.7          48,361

                                                                                          Interdisciplinary          21          71.4       20,267          29            65.5          27,618

                                                                                          Total for all GSCs      900            58.9       23,615      2692              74.0          30,993




               2007 Discovery Grants Results:                                                           2007 Discovery Grants Results:
                       Life Sciences                                                                          Physical Sciences
                                      First-time Applicants      Returning Applicants                                               First-time Applicants             Returning Applicants
   Grant Selection Committee                                                                Grant Selection Committee                                Avg.                                  Avg.
                                                       Avg.                      Avg.                                            No.     Success                   No.      Success
             (GSC)                  No.    Success             No.    Success                         (GSC)                                          Grant                                 Grant
                                                       Grant                     Grant                                           App.      (%)                     App.       (%)
                                    App.     (%)        ($)    App.     (%)                                                                           ($)                                   ($)
                                                                                  ($)

(1011) Integrative Animal Biology   58      46.6      28,773   171     64.9     35,222   (08) Solid Earth Sciences                23      69.9       22,333         76           82.9     33,980

(32) Cell Biology                   80      48.8      30,308   127     55.1     38,724   (09) Environmental Earth Sci.            56      55.4       20,471         99           79.8     28,998
                                                                                         (24) Inorganic & Organic Chem.           35      51.4       29,639         116          71.6     50,512
(33) Molecular & Dev. Genetics      45      48.9      31,170   103     51.5     35,214
                                                                                         (26) Analytical & Physical Chem.         30      53.3       33,875         108          83.3     47,372
(03) Plant Biology & Food Sci.      23      56.5      33,499   123     73.2     41,005
                                                                                         (17) Space & Astronomy                   16      75.0       25,578         55           76.4     37,009
(18) Evolution & Ecology            51      52.9      22,334   161     80.7     30,851
                                                                                         (28) Condensed Matter Physics            14      57.1       39,754         80           85.0     38,069
(12) Psychology: Brain,
                                    58      55.2      21,941   129     68.2     29,303
Behaviour and Cognitive Science                                                          (29) General Physics                     15      66.7       26,734         39           82.1     31,971
Total for Life Sciences             315     50.8      27,270   814     66.6     34,625   Total for Physical Sciences             192      58.7       26,664         573          79.8     39,505




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                 2007 Discovery Grants Results:                                                             2007 Discovery Grants Results: Engineering
                      Math, Stats and CIS                                                                                                          First-time Applicants                 Returning Applicants
                                                                                                              Grant Selection Committee                                                                   Avg.
                                       First-time Applicants               Returning Applicants                                                                           Avg.
                                                                                                                        (GSC)                   No.          Success                   No.    Succes
                                                                                                                                                                          Grant                           Grant
   Grant Selection Committee                                                                                                                    App.           (%)         ($)         App.    s (%)
                                                              Avg.                               Avg.                                                                                                      ($)
             (GSC)                   No.      Success                   No.      Success
                                                              Grant                              Grant      (334) Comm., Comp. &
                                     App.       (%)            ($)      App.       (%)                                                            32          68.8        19,273       117      90.6      23,133
                                                                                                  ($)       Components Eng.
                                                                                                            (335) Electro. & Elect. Sys.
(336) Pure & Applied Math. – A       26           76.9      13,100       79           82.3       17,915                                           31          67.7        22,897       95       75.8      30,872
                                                                                                            Eng.
(337) Pure & Applied Math. – B       30           60.0      15,667       61           75.4       19,723     (20) Industrial Engineering           26          50.0        17,000       71       57.7      24,842
(14) Statistical Sciences            28           71.4      14,300       78           70.5       18,073     (04) Chem. & Metallurgical Eng.       39          69.2        25,683       133      81.2      28,202
(330) Computing & Info. Sci. – A     34           70.6      18,292       136          80.9       23,855     (06) Civil Engineering                32          40.6        18,846       154      63.6      25,998

(331) Computing & Info. Sci. – B     23           73.9      19,235       161          82.6       26,767     (1053) Mechanical Eng. - A            37          62.2        20,000       101      69.3      24,140

                                                                                                            (1054) Mechanical Eng. - B            25          60.0        20,000       69       75.4      24,942
Total for Math, Stats & CIS          141          70.2      16,121       515          79.4       22,616
                                                                                                            Total for Engineering               222           60.4        21,007       740      73.9      26,095




          2007 Research Tools and Instruments                                                                                    2007 RTI-1 Results:
                        (RTI-1)                                                                                                     Life Sciences
                                              All RTI                               RTI for FTAs                                                                 ALL RTI                           RTI for FTAs
                                                                                                             Grant Selection Committee
                              No.     Success               Funding             No           Success                   (GSC)                      No.          Success          Funding        No.      Success
 Disciplines
                              App.    Rate (%)                ($k)             App.          Rate (%)                                             App.         Rate (%)           ($)          App.     Rate (%)
 Life Sciences                456          56.4             11,709              87             47.1
                                                                                                          (1011) Integrative Animal Biology       116            54.3          3,132,653        19        26.3
 Physical Sciences            487          48.3             17,359              81             56.8
                                                                                                          (32) Cell Biology                       58             55.2          1,644,019        16        37.5
 Math, Stats                   10          92.9               389               1             100.0
                                                                                                          (33) Molecular & Dev. Genetics          63             61.9          1,763,110        10        70.0
 Computer Science              54          50.4               1,552             9              50.0       (03) Plant Biology & Food Sci.          86             61.6          2,210,589        13        76.9
 Engineering                  512          44.7             17,827              71             40.8       (18) Evolution & Ecology                92             50.0          1,786,630        17        58.8

 Interdisciplinary             13          53.8               373               3              33.3       (12) Psychology: Brain,
                                                                                                                                                  41             58.5          1,171,978        12        25.0
                                                                                                          Behaviour and Cognitive Sci.
 Total for all GSCs           1532         49.9             49,210             252             48.4
                                                                                                          Total for Life Sciences                 456            56.4          11,708,979       87        47.1




                        2007 RTI-1 Results:                                                                                       2007 RTI-1 Results:
                        Physical Sciences                                                                                         Math, Stats and CIS
                                                         All RTI                       RTI for FTAs                                                                  All RTI                    RTI for FTAs
    Grant Selection Committee                                                                                      Grant Selection Committee                    Success
              (GSC)                    No.         Success          Funding           No.      Success                       (GSC)                     No.                     Funding        No.      Success
                                                                                                                                                                 Rate            ($)
                                       App.        Rate (%)           ($)             App.     Rate (%)                                                App.                                   App.     Rate (%)
                                                                                                                                                                  (%)
(08) Solid Earth Sciences              40            55.0          1,328,966           8         75.0             (336) Pure & Applied Math –
                                                                                                                                                         0           NA            0           0         NA
                                                                                                                  A
(09) Environmental Earth Sciences      90            47.8          2,444,393           20        45.0
                                                                                                                  (337) Pure & Applied Math –
                                                                                                                                                         3       100.0          70,944         1        100.0
(24) Inorganic & Organic Chem.         130           46.9          4,731,995           25        64.0             B

(26) Analytical & Physical Chem.       112           49.1          4,531,237           16        50.0             (14) Statistical Sciences              7       85.7          318,007         0         00.0

(17) Space & Astronomy                    6          50.0             72,000           1         100              (330) Computing & Info Sci. –
                                                                                                                                                       25        56.0          894,940         6         33.3
                                                                                                                  A
(28) Condensed Matter Physics          71            45.1          2,554,144           5         60.0
                                                                                                                  (331) Computing & Info Sci. –
(29) General Physics                   38            50.0          1,696,138           6         50.0                                                  29        44.8          657,264         3         66.7
                                                                                                                  B
Total for Physical Sciences            487           48.3          17,358,873          81        56.8             Total for Math, Stats & CIS          64        56.3          1,941,155      10         50.0




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        2007 RTI-1 Results: Engineering                                                                2007 Major Resources Support
                                                   All RTI                      RTI for FTAs                 Program Results
Grant Selection Committee (GSC)         No.    Success        Funding        No.      Success                                              Amount     Amount
                                                                                                 Category of                   Success                          Funding
                                        App.   Rate (%)         ($)          App.     Rate (%)                  Applications              Requested   Awarded
                                                                                                 Applicants                    Rate (%)                         Rate (%)
                                                                                                                                            ($k)        ($k)
(334) Comm., Comp. &
                                         51      45.1        2,006,930          7       0.0
Components Eng.
                                                                                                 New                28          10.7       7,510       812       53.1
(335) Electro. & Elect. Sys. Eng.        68      45.6        2,048,644          13      38.5
                                                                                                 Returning
(20) Industrial Engineering              10      60.0         353,871           1       0.0
                                                                                                 Unfunded
                                                                                                                    13           7.7       2,062       187       95.9
(04) Chem. & Metallurgical Eng.         159      43.4        6,188,453          18      72.2

(06) Civil Engineering                   87      42.5        2,720,249          6       66.7
                                                                                                 Renewals           35           60         8731       4140      67.5
(1053) Mechanical Engineering - A        85      47.1        2,824,042          16      18.8     Total (incl.
                                                                                                 ramp-down)
                                                                                                                    76          32.9       18,302     5,139      65.4
(1054) Mechanical Engineering - B        52      44.2        1,685,307          10      40.0

Total for Engineering                   512      44.7        17,827,496         71      40.8




   Special Research Opportunities                                                                                              Agenda
            Grant Results
                         Letter of Intent         Application
                                                                              Awarded                  •     NSERC Updates
                             Stage                  Stage
                                    Pre-                  Pre-                       Pre-
                         Projects              Projects                   Project
                                    Research              Research                   Research          •     Program Updates
Life Sciences             92           8        31            6            17           6
                                                                                                       •     2007 Competition results
Physical Sciences        118           17       49            7            34           7
                                                                                                       •     Preparing a Grant Application
Math, Statistics           3           0         0            0             0           0
Computer Science          26           3         8            0             4           0              •     Important News From Your Grants Office
Engineering              104           13       40            5            19           3
Interdisciplinary          0           1         0            0             0           0
Total                    343           41      128           18            74          16




                         Are You Eligible?                                                                          Are You Eligible?
                                                                                                     • Researchers holding a position of any
  • Hold, or have a firm offer of, an academic                                                         kind outside Canada must spend a
    appointment at a Canadian institution                                                              minimum of six months per year at an
    (minimum three-year term position)                                                                 eligible Canadian institution.
  • Position requires independent research                                                           • Inform NSERC when a change in your
    and allows supervision of Highly Qualified                                                         status occurs (including sabbatical and
    Personnel (HQP)                                                                                    leave periods).




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            Discovery Grants                               Eligibility of Subject Matter
 • Promotes and maintains a diversified base of      • Supports research programs in the NSE
   research capability in the NSE in Canadian        • Interdisciplinary research is encouraged
   institutions                                        but should be predominantly in NSE
 • Supports ongoing programs of research, rather     • Significance, impact, advancement of
   than projects                                       knowledge or its practical application in
 • Inherent flexibility in the research program        NSE
 • Success rate: approximately 70%                   • Guidelines on health research can be
                                                       found on NSERC’s Web site
 • Average grant: $31k




  Notification of Intent to Apply for a                Life Cycle of a DG Application
     Discovery Grant (Form 180)                           August 1 to mid-September
                                                   Form 180 - Assignment of GSC and Referees

 • For Discovery Grants (DG), and University                           November 1
                                                               Submission of Grant Application
   Faculty Award applications
                                                                              November 25
                                                                  Chairs’ Meeting – Confirmation of GSC
 • Facilitates selection of external referees
                                                                                       November
 • Deadline: August 1                                                         Mail-out to External Referees
                                                                                           Mid-December
    – Can have adverse consequences if not                                            Mail-out to GSC Members
      submitted                                                                                      February
                                                                                                 Grants Competition
 • List contributions (2001-07)                                                                        March – April
                                                                                                   Announcement of Results




                                                                                Outline

How your application is evaluated by                • The Grant Selection Committee
the Grant Selection Committee                           – How is your application evaluated

                                                    • Discovery Grants
      I.M. Amember
      Department of                                 • Research Tools and Instruments Grants
      University of
      GSC XX –




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                  During Competition                                                    Levels of Review
               Reader            2nd Reviewer            Reader               Generally, at least eight people will read
                                                                                your proposal:
Reader




                                 32,000$
                                 30,000$                 Conflict
                                                                              –   One primary reviewer
                                 25,000$
                                 23,000$
                                                           ?        P.O.      –   One secondary reviewer Total number
                                                                                                              depends on
                                 20,000$
                                 0
                                                                              –   Five readers                your GSC
                                 0
                                                                              –   One external reviewer (at least)
                                                                    Chair

               Reader   Reader              1st   Reviewer




                   The Discovery Grant                                            Excellence of Researcher
                    Evaluation Criteria
                                                                            • Knowledge, expertise and experience
         • Excellence of the researcher(s)
                                                                            • Contribution to research
         • Merit of the proposal
                                                                            • Importance of contributions
         • Training of highly qualified personnel                           • Complementarity of expertise and
           (HQP)                                                              synergy for group applications
         • Need for funds




                 Merit of the Proposal                                                  Training of HQP
         • Originality and innovation                                       • Quality and extent of past and potential
                                                                              contributions
         • Significance and expected contribution to
           research                                                         • Appropriateness of proposed work for
                                                                              training
         • Clarity and scope of objectives
         • Clarity and appropriateness of                                   • Training in collaborative or
           methodology                                                        interdisciplinary environment
         • Feasibility of program




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                     Reporting HQP                                                                   Need for Funds
 Name        Type of HQP       Years         Title of      Present Position
               Training    Supervised or    Project or
                           Co-supervised     Thesis                             • Appropriateness and justification of budget
                             Consent obtained
Imadoc,        Masters      Supervised        Isotope     V-P (research),
                                                                                • Other sources of funding
 Marie       (completed)    2003-2005      geochemistry Earth Analytics Inc.,     – Availability
                                           in petroleum     Calgary, AB
                                            engineering
                                                                                  – Relationship to current proposal
                           Consent not obtained
 (name         Masters      Supervised       Isotope    Research executive
withheld)    (completed)    2003-2005      geochemistry    in petroleum
                                                        industry – Western
                                                              Canada




                                                                                        FORM 101                                            F100
                                                                                  YOUR GRANT PROPOSAL                              YOUR RESEARCH PROFILE
            Additional Considerations
                                                                                    Merit of the proposal                          Excellence of the Researcher
 Within the framework of the selection criteria, the GSCs
   consider factors such as:
    • The potential and research plans of new applicants                                                         Training of HQP

     • Applicant’s role in collaborations and joint publications
                                                                                             Potential HQP                                  Past HQP record
     • Guidelines for the preparation and review of
       applications in:
                                                                                                                  Need for funds
            • Interdisciplinary research;
            • Engineering and applied science; and,                                       Budget justification
                                                                                                                                      List of other sources of funds
            • Health sciences                                                    Relationship to other sources of funds

     • Adjunct, Emeritus and Part-time Professor status




  FORM 101
                 Grant Proposal: Tips                                           FORM 101
                                                                                                Grant Proposal: Tips

  • Write summary in plain language                                             • Describe plans for training
  • Provide a progress report on related                                        • Prepare realistic budget
    research                                                                    • Discuss any relationship to other
  • Position the research within the field                                        research support
  • Articulate short- and long-term objectives                                  • Address recent GSC comments
  • Provide a detailed methodology




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FORM 100
            Personal Data Form: Tips                            A Complete Discovery Grant
                                                                   Application Includes:
• List all sources of support
                                                            1. An Application for a Grant (Form 101) with
• Describe five most significant research                      supporting documentation
  contributions
                                                            2. A Personal Data Form (Form 100) for applicant
• List other research contributions (2001-07)                  and all co-applicants, with appropriate
                                                               appendices
• Describe contributions to training (2001-07)
                                                            3. Samples of research contributions (reprints,
• Give other evidence of impact of work                        pre-prints, thesis chapters, manuscripts, etc.)
                                                            4. Environmental Assessment, if required
• Explain any delays in research activity




Research Tools and Instruments                                      & FORM 101
                                                            RTI FORM 100



• Deadline date – October 25                                Research Tools and Instruments
• Ongoing moratorium on Categories 2 and 3
                                                                      Category 1
                                                             • What research is being done with equipment?
• $150,000 or less available from NSERC                      • Justify each item
• Must hold or have submitted an NSERC                       • Explain need and urgency of overall request
  research grant (not necessarily a Discovery
  Grant)                                                     • Suitability of proposed equipment for research
• A Grant Selection Committee’s RTI competition                program
  budget is based on the total amount applied for            • Indicate impact on training
                                                             • Give alternate configurations and prices




                 Final Advice                                                       Contacts
• Use the 2007 Web version of the forms and Guide.          Deadlines, Acknowledgement of    Your Research Grant Officer
                                                            Applications, Results
• Read all instructions carefully and follow presentation
  standards.                                                Your Account, Grants in Aid of   Your Business Officer
                                                            Research Statement of Account
• Ensure completeness of application.                       (Form 300)

• Remember that more than one audience reads your           NSERC Web site                   www.nserc.gc.ca

  application.                                              Discovery Grants (including      resgrant@nserc.ca
                                                            eligibility)                     613- 995-5829
• Ask colleagues for comments on your application.          Use of Grant Funds               casdfinance@nserc.ca
• Read other successful proposals.                          On-line help                     webapp@nserc.ca
• Read the Peer Review Manual.                              NSERC staff                      firstname.familyname@nserc.ca




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                 Agenda

  •   NSERC Updates                                           Introduction to NSERC’s
  • Program Updates                                         Industrial Scholarships and
  •   2007 Competition results                                  Fellowships programs
  •   Preparing a Grant Application
  •   Important news from your grants office                               NSERC Scholarships & Fellowships Division
                                                                           E-mail: schol@nserc.ca
                                                                           Fax: 613-996-2589




 Why Industrial Scholarships and                    Why Industrial Scholarships and
         Fellowships?                                       Fellowships?
• Offers professors and organizations:              • Offers students:
   – Collaboration between academia and industry      – Additional funding opportunities to support graduate /
   – Challenging research problems                      postdoctoral research
                                                      – Higher stipends than academic awards (depending on
   – Transfer of expertise and technology
                                                        program)
   – Development of a long-term research capacity     – Opportunity to work in applied research
   – Additional funding for R&D activities            – Work experience in industry
   – Access to highly qualified personnel (HQP)       – Acquisition of additional important competencies
   – Flexible deadlines for applications              – Collaboration with potential employer




          Programs Available                                   Program Objectives
                                                    • I-USRA
• Undergraduate Student Research Awards-             Stimulate interest in research, encourage to undertake
  Industry (USRA-I)                                  graduate studies and pursue a research career

• Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships (IPS)        • IPS
                                                     Improve employment prospects, develop interest for
  – NSERC / MITACS IPS                               industrial R&D, and foster companies' innovation capacity

  – IIS program (FQRNT; Quebec only)                • IRDF
• Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowships (IRDF)         Support the most promising researchers and secure a
                                                     supply of HQP with leading-edge scientific and research
                                                     skills




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              Contacts
• E-mail: schol@nserc.ca
• Fax: 613-996-2589




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