NSERC CREATE Program

The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs.

These training programs should encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities; and facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce.  

Please note: NSERC announced changes to the eligibility rules for the 2017/2018 CREATE competition, whereby researchers were limited to participating in only one active CREATE initiative. As of March 16th, 2017 NSERC has announced that these changes will not apply to this year's competition. Rather, researchers may be the applicant on one CREATE initiative annually. There is also a limit on participation in multiple active CREATE initiatives, whereby an individual researcher may participate in a maximum of two CREATE initiatives - as either an applicant or co-applicant. Updates to the UBC internal LOI competition have been made to reflect these changes and are indicated ***below in the Internal Competition tab. 

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Internal Competition

UBC is permitted to submit six (6) proposals to the NSERC CREATE LOI competition. Proposal selection will occur through an Internal Selection peer-review process.

Internal Selection and Evaluation Guidelines

Deadline
  • UBC’s Internal Selection deadline ***has been extended to Monday, March 20, 2017, 9AM.
  • Submissions can be directed to Mika Johnson.
  • Notice of selection and feedback from the Internal Selection Committee is due back to applicants by April 7th, 2017.
Requirements
  • Documents required for UBC internal selection reflect the LOI requirements for NSERC: 
  1. UBC CREATE LOI Internal Selection Cover Page (Note: This cover page is required because CREATE LOI – Form 187 is not available from NSERC until late March. For final CREATE LOI submissions to NSERC the cover page should be replaced by CREATE LOI – Form 187)
  2. Personal Data – Form 100 (for the applicant only) 
  3. Outline of Training Program (2 pages max.) (See Form 187 Instructions)
  4. Excellence of Proposed Team of Researchers (2 pages max.) (See Form 187 Instructions)
  5. Industry Letter, if applying under Industrial Stream. 
  6. A max. of one (1) additional page should be included in either of the following instances, to describe how this application differs from those already funded: 
    • when an applicant or co-applicant has previously held a CREATE grant ***or is a member of an active CREATE team; and/or
    • when researchers are applying in an area already supported by other active CREATE grants (a complete list of funded CREATE initiatives can be found on the NSERC website).

General Presentation for NSERC attachments must be followed: Times New Roman 12 pts, 3/4  of an inch margins (min), single space. 

Internal LOI Selection and Evaluation Guidelines can be found on the NSERC Resources webpage (scroll down and open "NSERC CREATE Program --> Internal Guidelines"; updated Feb 16, 2017).

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Sophia van Hees


NSERC CREATE Program Quick Facts
  • Focus must be on training graduate students
  • Funding: up to $150,000 for first year; up to $300,000 per subsequent year, up to $1,650,000 in total.
  • 80% of funds must go to trainee stipends; 20% can go to administration
  • Duration: six years
  • UBC quota of five Letters of Intent will be selected via internal competition
  • NSERC Deadlines: May 1 for LOI; September 22 for full application (by invitation)
  • Evaluation criteria for LOI
    • Merit of the proposed training program (60%)
    • Excellence of the team of researchers (40%)
  • Evaluation criteria for full application
    • Merit of the proposed training program (50%)
    • Excellence of the team of researchers (25%)
    • Program management and long-term sustainability (25%)


NSERC CREATE SPARC Resources

SPARC Contacts

Sophia van Hees, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Development Officer, SPARC

Alexander Unterberger, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Development Officer, SPARC

Mika Johnson, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Development Officer, SPARC (on leave)

Joanne Moszynski, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Development Officer, SPARC

Tim Salcudean, Sciences and Engineering Research Advisor, UBC