NSERC-NRCan partnership to fund research on small modular reactors

April 30, 2023

Program Overview

  • In support of Canada’s Small Modular Reactor Action Plan, NSERC is partnering with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to fund research on SMRs. NRCan has set aside approximately $1,000,000 per year, for 4 years, to co-fund research projects through NSERC’s Alliance grants program.
  • Full program terms here.


  • Expression of Interest to NRCan: April 11, 2023
    • Request an expression of interest (EOI) form via email to smr-prm@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca. Include your area of expertise in your initial email to NRCan.
  • Full application to NSERC: August 1, 2023*
    • NRCan will select a limited number of applicants from among those who submit EOIs to submit a full application to NSERC. Invited eligible researchers may apply for an Alliance grant with a duration of 1-4 years. Funding decisions will be made based on NSERC’s Alliance grant application and review process.
    • *Application packages should be sent to UBC ORS five (5) working days before agency deadline, with the Risk Assessment Questionnaire completed and signed by JP Heale, if required.

Partner Eligibility

  • NRCan must be included in your application as a partner organization.
  • Additional partners from industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations are encouraged to participate, as per NSERC’s Alliance grants program.

Subject Matter Eligibility

  • Proposed research projects must address at least one of the following research objectives (further detail from NSERC here):
    • Robust supply chains for SMRs
    • SMR fuel supply
    • Radioactive waste management and minimization for SMRs


  • The amount that may be requested from NRCan is $20,000 - $100,000 per year, for 1-4 years. Total award value will depend on additional partner organizations’ contributions (if applicable), and NSERC’s contributions, to be calculated using the Alliance cost-sharing formula.

SPARC Support and Contact: Consultations and reviews of draft applications are offered. Please contact: Erin Evoy

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