The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program supports the training and mentoring of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs.
The programs must:
- encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities
- facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce
These innovative programs must foster the acquisition and development of important professional skills among students and postdoctoral fellows that complement their qualifications and technical skills, and improve their job readiness for careers in industry, government, non-governmental organizations and/or academia.
The CREATE program follows a single application cycle each year comprising three stages from January/February to September each year. Awards are valued at up to $1.65M over six years, 80% of which must go to trainee stipends.
Teams can apply under three streams for the 2023 competition year:
- Regular stream (institutional cap applies)
- Industrial stream (institutional cap applies)
- International stream (no institutional cap)
Applying to CREATE involves a three-stage process for UBC applicants to the regular or industrial streams, including mandatory participation in an internal UBC competition. Teams that are successful in the internal competition will be invited to submit their CREATE letter of intent. Applicants are invited forward to the full application stage.
UBC is only permitted to submit six applications combined to the regular and industrial streams of the CREATE program (institutional cap). Researchers applying to the international stream do not need to participate in the UBC internal competition as their applications do not count towards UBC's institutional cap, however, they are advised to inform SPARC in advance of their intent to apply for assistance with the submission process.
There is a limit on researchers' participation in multiple active CREATE initiatives. An individual researcher may participate in a maximum of two CREATE initiatives as either an applicant or co-applicant. Additionally, researchers may be the applicant for one CREATE initiative per year.
- Attend one of SPARC's information sessions to learn about the CREATE application process and the upcoming internal competition
- Request a consultation with SPARC to develop and refine your proposal.
- Confirm any internal or external deadlines for the competition for your campus: Vancouver / Okanagan
February – Regular & industrial stream only
- Check SPARC's announcements for updated details of the internal competition and its relevant deadlines each year
- Successful applicants to the internal competition will be notified by the end of March
Late April – Invited applicants from regular & industrial stream; all international stream applicants
- View NSERC's detailed instructions for submitting the Letter of Intent (these instructions are updated yearly in approximately March)
May to September
- NSERC notifies groups if they are invited forward to the full application, in late June/early July
- Consult with SPARC to further refine your application in advance of the deadline
- Check out the SPARC Sample Grants Library as you develop your application
- Review SPARC's NSERC CREATE guidelines, tips and templates to support your application (CWL Required)
- View NSERC's detailed instructions for submitting the full application (these instructions are updated yearly in approximately August)
- Submit your application to ORS. Follow any relevant ORS application procedures for the NSERC CREATE program
Support & Resources
Our team can provide comprehensive reviews of UBC-led letters of intent and applications in advance of the corresponding deadlines. Limited availability.
Guidelines, Tips & Templates
Check out our resources curated specifically for UBC researchers applying to the CREATE program. CWL is required to access.
Sample Grants Library
Check out our comprehensive sample grant library and additional resources curated specifically for UBC researchers. CWL is required to access.
Research Development Officer
SPARC support services
Alexander Unterberger (on leave)
Manager of Research Development
SPARC support services
Dr. Purang Abolmaesumi
Sciences & Engineering Research Advisor (NSERC), UBC
Advocacy and advice
UBC's Grant Facilitation Network
Research support personnel based in the faculties
Various grant support
- CREATE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- CREATE competition results
- CREATE Multidisciplinary Review Committee