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Insight Grants proposals are expected to respond to the objectives put forward in the call for proposals for the Insight program. The objectives of the Insight program are to:

  • Build knowledge and understanding from disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector perspectives through support for the best researchers;
  • Support new approaches to research on complex and important topics, including those that transcend the capacity of any one scholar, institution or discipline;
  • Provide a high-quality research training experience for students;
    fund research expertise that relates to societal challenges and opportunities;
  • Mobilize research knowledge, to and from academic and non-academic audiences, with the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact.

About the Program

The Discovery Grants Program assists in:

  • promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities;
  • fostering research excellence; and
  • providing a stimulating environment for research training.

The Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program:

  • provides the primary avenue to obtain up to $150,000 in support for research tools and instruments with a total net cost between $7,001 and $250,000.
  • universities are provided with a quota of RTI applications that they can submit to NSERC based on the number of NSERC-funded researchers at the University.
  • Carleton University’s quota is 14 (fourteen) applications.
  • applicants and co-applicants must each currently hold or be applying for an NSERC research grant (Discovery, Strategic Partnerships, Collaborative Research and Development, Canada Research Chairs, Canada Excellence Research Chair) at the time of application.
  • an initial internal process will determine which proposals the University will support. The internal selection process will be based on NSERC’s adjudication criteria.
  • NSERC RTI proposals are applications that may require commitments from multiple units across campus (e.g., space, operating budgets, technician support, etc.).  Therefore proposals will be expected to align closely with the strategic priorities of the University, and to be matched with the specific requirements and capabilities of the project, the Department, the Faculty, and the University.