Research Digest, December 2018 Issue



Internal Notices
Internal Grants
External Notices
External Grants and Fellowships

Internal Notices

ORS Holiday Closure

The last day of business for the Office of Research Services (ORS) is December 21, 2018. ORS staff will respond to messages when the office re-opens on January 2, 2019.  If your message is urgent, please contact David Phipps at  Messages will be checked once per day on December 27, 28, and 31.

Inspiring Success – Celebrating & Supporting Research Intensification

The Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation (VPRI) is kicking off the new year with an event devoted to celebrating and supporting research intensification at York University. The Inspiring Success event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at the Second Student Centre on York University’s Keele Campus.

Early career professors and postdoctoral Fellows are asked to RSVP via this Machform before Dec. 20.

Session 1 – Life Hacks for a Successful Tri-Council Grant Application
1 to 2:15 p.m.

New professors and postdoctoral Fellows will be asked to register in one of three workshops on either an NSERC Discovery Grant, an SSHRC Insight Development Grant or a CIHR Project Scheme. In addition to a brief presentation on the nuts and bolts of each of these grant opportunities, professors who have had great success with each of these opportunities will be presenting their top personal “life hacks” for assembling award-winning applications.

Session 2 – Beyond the Grant: Supporting Successful Research Programs
2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Participants will be asked to register for one of the following two workshops:

Graduate supervision challenges: real life stories, real life advice

Graduate students are an essential element to success. This is particularly true for all York University researchers who apply for Tri-Council grants. Most grants require a demonstrated track record of graduate supervision and creative plans for future supervision. Participants are invited to come and spend some time with an award-winning panel of superstar supervisors. Each panellist will present on their own personal experiences when things did not go as expected with graduate students. The Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University has also just released a new policy on graduate supervision and a representative will be talking about these new policies, which are designed to help professor avoid getting into challenging situations.

Talking to other scientists so they will listen

In today’s academic context, the amount of new research released every day is mind boggling. Even in a sub-field, it is hard to keep up with what’s going on or even decide which talks to go to when attending conferences. Researchers who learn how to capture the attention of other scientists through engaging talks that capitalize on universal principles of communication have a higher probability of having their research cited, their talks attended and their grants funded. Built with the support of TEDxYorkU, TEDxCalgary and CIHR, this workshop will provide practical, take-home tricks to amplify your message when you are talking to other scientists in academic contexts.

Access to Unspent Funds in NSERC & SSHRC Cost Centres

The Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation has updated the internal policy on Access to Unspent Funds in NSERC & SSHRC Cost Centres (YU-link). All faculty members who hold grants from these agencies should familiarize themselves with these changes.

NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks

NSERC is currently in the process of renewing the Partnerships suite of programs and has confirmed that the Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks (SPG-N) competition will not occur in 2019. NSERC expects to reintroduce these programs in a new format to be called the Research Partnerships Program. Noted below are some of the changes that will be introduced for future competitions:

The new Research Partnerships Program will:

  • offer support for projects of different levels of scale and complexity, from new, short term, one-on-one collaborations, to larger multi-stakeholder research teams;
  • support projects that involve all the partners required to achieve research outputs and to successfully mobilize research results to achieve impact, partners can be from the private, public, and non-profit sectors; and
  • offer an open program without deadlines, with funding decisions in as little as 4 weeks for smaller and simpler proposals, and within 16 weeks for larger and more complex proposals.

For the latest information on the new Research Partnerships program, please refer to NSERC’s New Research Partnerships page and see the NSERC draft of proposed program changes.

Although the SPG-N/Research Partnerships program has been placed on hold for 2019, applicants are encouraged to schedule a consultation with their Faculty and the Strategic and Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI) Unit to develop competitive proposals for future competitions. Please email for further details.

Internal Grants

For a full listing of internal research funding opportunities, see here.

LA&PS Seed Grant for Collaborative Research Initiatives

Deadlines: January 15

Value: Up to $5,000

LA&PS full-time faculty members are invited to apply for seed funding to build new research collaborations with scholarly and/or community partners by supporting the specific costs associated with bringing key partners together to explore and develop new research and research funding opportunities. These initiatives must involve at least one LA&PS faculty member working with collaborators, who can be faculty or external community members (locally or globally). The funding is designed to offset costs associated with bringing the collaborators together for a preliminary planning meeting or small-scale workshop.

Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (DARE)

Research Project Descriptions- Deadline: January 17, 2019

Interested faculty members are responsible for undertaking the first step in the application process by preparing and posting a research project description via the online form by January 17, 2019. Faculty members are encouraged to promote their projects through other avenues simultaneously.

Value: $5,000 (paid to each student in installments over the course of the summer)

The purpose of the Award is to connect students and professors via the faculty members’ research project, which will be undertaken during the Summer Term (May-August 2019).

DARE program details include:

Number of Awards for Summer 2019: There will be 30 awards available.

Eligible Supervisors: 

Full-time tenure-track, tenured, CLA or CUPE 3903 Unit II Contract Faculty members in the Faculty of LA&PS are eligible to submit a project as supervisors. Of the 30 awards supported in Summer 2019, up to 6 will be allocated for projects supervised by Contract Faculty.  CLAs who agree to supervise students must have an employment contract that continues throughout the duration of the award.

Eligible Students:

The awards are open to full-time, undergraduate students enrolled in programs within the Faculty of LA&PS, including those graduating in June 2019, who:

  • will normally have a minimum GPA of 7.0; and
  • have completed at least 48 credits by the time they take up the award.

The Dean’s Office will post all project descriptions online by January 22 for LA&PS undergraduate students to view.

Students will apply directly to faculty members for the projects on which they would like to work, and faculty members, in turn, will be required to interview and select their preferred candidate. Next, each student selected will work with their faculty supervisor to prepare the DARE Application for submission via the online form. The DARE applications will be adjudicated by a Dean’s Office committee.

DARE Application Deadline:  March 8, 2019 (by 4pm)

Questions about the DARE Program can be directed to Nadya Bloom, Research Officer, LA&PS: or ext. 44565.

SSHRC Exchange – Conference Grant Program (New)

Deadline: February 1

Objective: To provide assistance for attendance at national and international scholarly conferences for which the applicant is giving a paper, making a poster presentation, or featured at a solo or 2 person opening of an exhibition, a principal screening, premier performance of dance, theatre or musical production.

LA&PS Travel Grant for Dissemination

Deadline: March 1

Description: LA&PS offers this grant to offset costs associated with the public dissemination of research, scholarship, or creativity. Eligibility: Full-time YUFA faculty members and senior scholars in LA&PS. In the case of CLAs and SRCs, travel must also occur within the term of the appointment. Applications must be submitted in advance of the presentation.

Mariano A. Elia Research Fund (ORS)

Deadline: March 1

To support small-scale research projects where a significant contribution to Italian-Canadian studies will be made. Eligible expenses include research costs and travel to conferences.

Contract Faculty Conference Travel Fund (CUPE)

Deadlines: March 1

Value: Up to $2,000

To support contract faculty members who are giving papers; have been asked to give commentaries or to chair sessions; or are attending conferences. Eligible expenses include travel, registration, accommodation and subsistence. Duration: No more than one grant per year. Contact Charles Bisram in Faculty Relations for a current application form.

Contract Faculty Research Grants Fund (CUPE)

Deadlines: March 1 (March 1st deadline is for both research grants and release time).

Value: Up to $8,000 for research grants; salary equivalent to one full-course directorship for release time course directorship grants

This fund is intended to encourage individual research and study by defraying research costs. Duration: One year. Contact Charles Bisram in Faculty Relations for a current application form.

SSHRC Explore Grant Program (ORS)

Deadlines: March 31 and October 31

Value: Up to $7,000

The objective of this program is to provide support to full-time faculty, professional librarians and current Postdoctoral Fellows for stand-alone, small-scale projects and for projects that will lead to the development of larger SSHRC applications or other external funding.

SSHRC Exchange – KMb Grant Program (ORS)

Deadlines: March 31 and October 31

Value: Up to $7,000

The objective of this program is to provide support to full time faculty, professional librarians, and current Postdoctoral Fellows for small-scale knowledge mobilization activities such as stakeholder consultations, policy briefs, publication subventions, workshops, etc.

LA&PS Support for Scholarly Journals

Deadline: March 31

Value: Up to $3,000

The objective of this fund, at present a 5-year pilot initiative, is to offset costs related to the successful operations of scholarly journals for which LA&PS faculty members hold substantial, on-going senior editorial roles.

Minor Research Grant (LA&PS Faculty Council)

Deadline: April 1

The adjudicated vehicle through which LA&PS dispenses the YUFA Faculty/Library Research Grant Funding and the YUFA Junior Faculty/Librarian Fund. Funding for research projects, eligible expenses include personnel, research travel, subsistence costs. Eligibility: An individual is eligible to receive one research grant every 2 fiscal years.

External Notices

Trudeau Fellowship Nominations

Please be advised that the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation has recently relaunched a revised Trudeau Fellowship program. The Fellowship is being transformed from a program focused on individual research projects to one where its Fellows become agents of change, charged with developing the leadership capacities of its Scholars. In practice, this means that:

  • Fellows will be agents of change.
  • The nature of Fellows’ work is changing. In a spirit of collective endeavour, their aim will now be to help Scholars achieve their full potential as engaged leaders, rather than realizing their own research projects.
  • They will organize training around the theme of "Knowledge and Power", sharing their own theoretical and practical understanding of leadership, and will also construct knowledge dissemination activities.
  • They will work closely with Foundation Mentors, who will also have a new mission centered on training.
  • Interested Candidates will now apply directly rather than being nominated by their universities.

As a result of these changes, Trudeau Fellowship nominations will no longer be supported through the Office of Research Services (which includes the SIRI Group) and will no longer be reviewed by the Major Awards Advisory Committee (MAAC). As well, an ORS Checklist will not be required.

External Grants and Fellowships

CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC – New Frontiers in Research Fund

Submission of NOI/Registration to Agency: January 11, 2019 by 8 p.m. (EST)
Submission of full application to ORS: January 24, 2019
Submission of full application to agency: February 7, 2019 by 8 p.m. (EST)


The objective of this inaugural competition is to generate opportunities for early career researchers (ECRs) to conduct high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research not available through funding opportunities currently offered by the three agencies. It seeks to inspire highly innovative projects that defy current research paradigms, propose a unique scientific direction, bring disciplines together beyond the traditional disciplinary approaches, and/or use different perspectives to solve existing problems.

Up to $250,000 over 2 years ($125,000 per year)

Up to 2 years

2019-20 York-Massey Fellowship and Visiting Scholarships

Deadline: Monday, January 14, 2019

The Office of Research Services (ORS) invites applications for the 2019-20 York Fellowship and two Visiting Scholarships at Massey College in the University of Toronto. The Fellowship and the two Scholarships are open to full-time faculty members planning to go on sabbatical or other leave during 2019-20. The Fellowship will provide the selected faculty member with prime office space in the College for the academic year and the status of a full Senior Resident of the College, with dining privileges (such as attendance of all High Tables subject to College rules). The title "York Fellow of Massey College" remains for life or while mutually agreeable.

Application Process & Deadline
Interested individuals are asked to submit to the Office of Research Services a letter outlining sabbatical or other leave plans, including reasons for wishing to be at Massey College, along with a current curriculum vitae, by Monday, January 14, 2019.  Please submit the letter and curriculum vitae via email to: Mark Roseman, Director, SIRI, Office of Research Services, 5th Floor, Kaneff Tower, (

Submissions will be reviewed by the Major Awards Advisory Committee (MAAC), which will then provide advice to the Vice-President Research & Innovation (VPRI) on top tier candidates.  The VPRI will then put forward the top three applications to Massey College for their consideration. Results are expected to be announced in March 2019. 

SSHRC Impact Awards

LA&PS Internal Application Deadline: 4PM, Friday, January 18, 2019

The LA&PS Research Unit is inviting self-nominations for the SSHRC Impact Awards competition, in the following four categories – Gold Medal, Insight, Partnership and Connection.

Nominees in the Talent Category will be selected by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. While we do not yet know what their selection process will be, you are encouraged to be in touch with Yuko Sorano, the Faculty of Graduate Studies Research Officer ( should you know of any graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who hold prestigious SSHRC Fellowships (i.e. Bantings, CGS’s) and who have an outstanding track record compared to their peers.

Impact Awards are designed to build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture in all research areas of the social sciences and humanities. The awards recognize outstanding researchers and celebrate their research achievements, research training, knowledge mobilization, and outreach activities funded partially or entirely by SSHRC.

If you are interested in putting your name forward in one of the award categories, you should be in touch with your Research Officer and Associate Dean Whitworth as soon as possible and they will be able to provide you with guidance and advice.

Please note the internal LA&PS Process for application submission and selection:

STEP 1: By 4PM, Thursday, January 18, 2019, you must electronically submit the following materials to Lisa Rumiel ( –

1. Attachment demonstrating the rationale for supporting the nomination (up to 2 pages). This section should be used to describe the program of work, research activities and achievements relevant to the Impact Award for which the candidate is being nominated, including:

  • the significance, challenge and impact of the achievements for which the nomination is being put forward;
  • the quality and scope of training and mentoring provided to students, emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel, and indication of the nominee's career level;
  • a description, including evidence of research achievements, and, where applicable, impact and outcomes of the initiative;
  • examples of success in widely sharing, and encouraging application of, resulting knowledge and benefits within and/or beyond the academic community; and
  • evidence that outcomes resulted in significant and positive impacts in Canada and/or internationally.

2. SSHRC CV of the nominee and team members (if applicable).

3. Further information supporting the nomination. The length of this section is dependent on which Impact Award is being considered:

Gold Medal Up to 6 pages covering span of nominee’s career
Insight, Partnership & Connection Awards Up to 3 pages

Include, as appropriate:

  1. a detailed list of research contributions;
  2. outcomes and other activities mentioned in general terms in point 1 above (e.g., publications, conference presentations, graduate students supported or trained);
  3. other research contributions, outcomes and activities may also be included.
  4. When referring to SSHRC-funded initiatives, please cite all relevant SSHRC file numbers.

4. A list of the names for three referees, who have agreed to support your nomination – note: these should be established authorities in your field and they cannot be:

  1. from the same institution as the nominee;
  2. individuals who are or were involved in the project being put forward; or
  3. perceived as being in a conflict of interest with the nomination. For guidance on what constitutes a potential conflict of interest, you are encouraged to consult the Canada Research Chair guidelines.

If your nomination is selected to move forward, the letters of reference may be required for submission to VPRI’s Major Awards Advisory Committee in February, so you may elect to contact referees in advance of submission to the Faculty.

STEP 2: Applications will be reviewed by members of the LA&PS Major Awards and Recognitions Committee during the week of January 28th, and they will make recommendations to the Dean.

STEP 3: Applicants will be notified of the Dean’s decision on who will go forward in the competition during the week of February 4th. Applicants will also receive detailed feedback from the committee on how to strengthen their nomination (this may be delayed in the case of candidates who are not selected to go forward in the competition).

STEP 4: Selected nominees will work with their Research Officer to complete the nomination for submission to VPRI (more details to follow on this).

SSHRC Connection Grants

Submission to ORS: January 15
Submission to agency: February 1

The Office of Research Services would like to remind you of the upcoming deadline for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grants competition.

These Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes, or other events or outreach activities that facilitate:

  • disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary exchanges in the humanities and social sciences;
  • scholarly exchanges between those working in the social sciences and humanities and those working in other research fields;
  • intersectoral exchanges between academic researchers in the humanities and social sciences and researchers and practitioners from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and/or
  • international research collaboration and scholarly exchanges with researchers, students and non-academic partners from other countries.

$7000 to $25,000 for events, and up to $50,000 for other outreach activities; higher amounts for outreach activities may be considered if well justified

1 year

SSHRC Connection Grants - Research Data Management Capacity Building

Submission to ORS: January 18, 2019
Submission to Agency: February 1, 2019

To help the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community strengthen its capacity in data management. The Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative offers the research community Connections Grants to support the development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field.

Up to $50k

1 year

Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoc

January 18, 2019


  • Build a longer-term collaboration with a company or not-for-profit
  • Apply their expertise to real-world problems
  • Connect with a potential employer

$55k per year

1 – 3 years

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Submission to ORS for review: January 21, 2019
Submission to agency: February 4, 2019
Submission to ORS of hard copy of full application plus completed and signed ORS checklist and electronic submission to SSHRC – no later than 12noon on February 4, 2019

In addition to application development support services, the LA&PS Research Unit offers support with updating and creating Canadian Common CVs – on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to avail the Unit of these services, you should be in touch with your Research Officer before the holiday break.


  • To enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas; and
  • to foster research in its early stages, but are not intended to support large-scale initiatives

$7,000 - $75000

1 – 2 years

Proposed projects may involve, but are not limited to, the following types of research activities:

  • Case studies
  • Pilot initiative
  • Critical analyses of existing research

SSHRC welcomes applications involving Aboriginal research, as well as those involving research-creation

NOTE: The Office of Research Office would like to bring researchers attention to SSHRC guidelines around submission of multiple applications.  An individual may not, in a calendar year, submit as applicant (principal investigator/project director), an application for both an Insight Development Grant and an Insight Grant.

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

Submission to ORS: January 22, 2019
Submission to agency: February 5, 2019

This program provides funding and support to help early career researchers build networks and develop essential skills to become the next generation of research leaders.

Applicants must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within the first five years of a full-time academic appointment.

Scholars’ research interest must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program.  Eligible programs are:

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars receive:

  • $100, 000 CDN in undesignated research support
  • A two-year appointment in a CIFAR research program, a global network of top-tier research leaders
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with colleagues from diverse disciplines
  • Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program
  • Specialized leadership and communication skills training, a support to put skills into action

2 years

York Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies (PIMS)

Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019

The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Canada’s oldest research institute in the Humanities is an independent, degree offering, post-doctoral institution located at 59 Queen’s Park Crescent East. It is made up of Senior Fellows and Associate Fellows, and each year there is also a group of five post-doctoral ‘Mellon’ Fellows. A five-minute walk from the Robarts Library in the University of Toronto, the Institute has its own impressive library, internationally known, of materials relating to the medieval period. The Institute has close links with the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto as well as the Medieval and Celtic Studies Programmes at St Michael’s College.

Interested individuals are asked to submit a letter outlining their plans for the year and providing their detailed reasons for wishing to be at the Pontifical Institute, as well as an up to date curriculum vitae. PIMS will choose one York Fellow for a period of 8 months for the ensuing academic year, and potentially one Visiting Scholar.

The Fellowship is open to full-time YUFA faculty members planning to go on sabbatical or other leave, as well as those taking a reduced teaching load, during 2019-2020. Likewise, members of CUPE 3903 Unit 2 are invited to apply but must hold at least one course directorship appointment at York during 2019-20.

York Fellow of PIMS – Privileges: The Fellowship provides the selected faculty member with office space at the Pontifical Institute for the academic year, access to all public rooms, library privileges at both PIMS and Robarts for the period of the award, membership in the Mellon Fellows seminar group, as well as dining privileges in the St. Michael’s faculty dining room. During the period of Fellowship, the selected faculty member will hold the title of York Fellow of Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies and following the award they will hold the title of Past York Fellow of PIMS.

Visiting Scholars of PIMS – Privileges: Visiting Scholars receive access to a carrel in the PIMS library, access to all public rooms, dining privileges in the St. Michael’s faculty dining room, and Membership in the PIMS Alumni group.

The letter and curriculum vitae should be sent via email to Janet Friskney at by Friday, February 22, 2019.

Questions about the PIMS Fellowship should be addressed to James P. Carley at

Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) Innovation Call for Proposals

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) recently announced that it is participating in the Social Innovation Call for Proposals (CFP) launched by the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP). SSHRC is collaborating with key humanities and social science funders in Europe and the Americas to support international research projects that can contribute to increasing our understanding of societal transformations and the role of social innovation.

Submission of application to ORS – January 31, 2019
Submission of final application to agency – February 14, 2019


Research partners will receive funding from the national agency from their country of origin. Collaboration through this call will enable researchers to:

  • Address social challenges, such as the digital divide; urban and rural developments and cohesion; access to public services and infrastructure; ethnic conflicts; human rights and legislation; the current state of democracy; and equality and social, political and human values;
  • Learn from the experiences of multisectoral collaboration for social innovation practices on both sides of the Atlantic (e.g., innovative forms of economic organization, new digital technologies and accessibility; global and local environmental issues and sustainable development; strategies for social cohesion; integration of health and social care services; and the improvement of education and overcoming of linguistic barriers);
  • Apply and adapt approaches from one locale to another; and
  • Generalize and/or scale up local experiences.

When a project is selected for funding, each of the teams will receive a grant from its respective country and funder(s). For Canadian teams, projects will be funded based on the funding request submitted by the team, via the itemized budgets and one-page justifications.

Canadian applicants can request up to a maximum of $175,000 in funding ($100,000 from SSHRC)

24-36 months

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Mitacs is accepting applications for its competitive international research funding opportunity. The Mitacs Globalink Research Award funds collaborations between senior undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members at a university overseas.

Submission to ORS: 10 working days before submission to the agency
Submission to agency: anytime

Submit your application in: For travel starting as early as:
January The following summer
May The following fall
September The following winter

Students wishing to travel in June 2019 with $6,000 in GRA support should submit their applications by January 31, 2019. Students can submit applications at any time, but are encouraged to apply at least 16 weeks prior to their planned departure.

To offer senior undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 12-to-24 week research projects supervised by professors at accredited universities in the following Mitacs partner countries: Australia, Brazil, China, EU member countries (in France, both universities, Inria Research Centres are eligible as host institutions), India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Kingdom, and United States.

Value & Duration
The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides $6,000 for senior undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in Canada to conduct 12–24-week research projects at universities overseas.

SSHRC Partnership Engage

Submission to ORS: March 1
Submission to agency: March 15

The Office of Research Services would like to remind you of the upcoming deadline for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Engage Grants competition.  These grants were introduced to better address the short-term research needs, challenges and opportunities facing organizations in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors.   A summary is provided below.


  • To provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector;
  • To respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors; and
  • To allow non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers to access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.

SSHRC welcomes applications involving Aboriginal research, as well as those involving research-creation.

SSHRC invites all applicants to review Imagining Canada’s Future’s six future challenge areas and subquestions, and to consider addressing one or more of these areas in their research proposal.

$7K - $25K

1 year

NSERC – Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE)

CREATE initiatives provide a value-added experience to the university training environment that includes the development of professional skills among students and postdoctoral fellows that complement their qualifications and technical skills, with a focus on providing an enriched training experience for graduate students

CREATE programs are recognized for:

  • their innovative nature to create a rich research training environment;
  • the excellence of the researchers, and their success in training highly skilled and educated personnel for future employment in all sectors, including industry, government and academia;
  • their capacity to raise the standard for best practices in research training and development of professional skills of new researchers;
  • encouraging student mobility, as appropriate, either between different Canadian universities, or between the universities and potential workplaces or among participating Canadian and international institutions, thus promoting international awareness; and
  • strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion in research communities.

Stage 1: Letter of intent

  • iNOI Submission to ORS: March 11, 2019
  • SPORT Committee Feedback: Late March 2019
  • ORS Deadline for Draft of Completed Letter of Intent: April 15, 2019
  • ORS Deadline for Completed Letter of Intent and ORS Checklist: April 25, 2019
  • NSERC Letter of Intent Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • NSERC Invitation to Apply: June 2019

Stage 2: Full Application (to be confirmed)

  • ORS Deadline for Complete Application for SPORT Review: Mid August, 2019
  • SPORT Committee Feedback: Mid to Late August, 2019
  • ORS Deadline for Draft 2 of Completed Application: September 9, 2019
  • ORS Deadline for Final Application and ORS Checklist: September 19, 2019
  • NSERC Application Deadline: September 23, 2019
  • NSERC Results: March 2020

Please follow the NSERC CREATE Guidelines

$1.65M over 6 years

Applicants must notify their Faculty and the Office of Research Services (Maheen Hasan – as soon as possible about their intention to apply.  Doing so will both streamline the process of securing Faculty-level support for the partnership, and ensure that researchers receive adequate support in application preparation.

The iNOIs are due no later than March 11, 2019 by email to Maheen Hasan (, and include the following components:

  1. York iNOI form (attached PDF form)
  2. Outline of Training Program (2 pages) – attach as PDF document[1]
  3. Excellence of Proposed Team of Researchers (2 pages) – attach as PDF document1
  4. NSERC Form 100 – only required for the lead applicant
  5. Industry Partner Letters/Emails – required for Industry Stream applications
  6. Copy of NSERC Review Comments for Resubmissions
  7. Faculty letter of support (1 page) – attach as PDF document

An information session on the NSERC CREATE program will be held in early 2019 (details to be confirmed later). For more information and to schedule a consultation, please contact Maheen Hasan, Strategic and Institutional Research Specialist, in the Office of Research Services at 

Please see the NSERC website for more details on the CREATE program. For examples of successful CREATE programs, please review the list of competition results.

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