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February 2012 - Volume 36 No. 1

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In this issue

Upcoming NSERC deadlines

April 1, 2012 Applications for Strategic Project Grants
April 8, 2012 Preliminary applications for Chairs in Design Engineering
April 10, 2012 Applications for Idea to Innovation Grants
April 15, 2012

Nominations for the Synergy Awards for Innovation

May 1, 2012 Letters of Intent for Collaborative Health Research Project Grants
May 1, 2012 Letters of Intent for Collaborative Research and Training Experience Grants
May 1, 2012 Letters of Intent for Major Resources Support Grants (except subatomic physics applications)
May 1, 2012 Nominations for the Innovation Challenge Awards
May 27, 2012 Full applications (invitation only) for Chairs in Design Engineering
June 10, 2012 Applications for Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements

Prize winners honoured by Governor General

NSERC’s “Celebrating Canada’s Top Natural Sciences and Engineering Researchers” awards ceremony returned to Rideau Hall again this year. Hosted by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, the event honoured the winners of seven prestigious NSERC prizes. The Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering—NSERC’s highest honour—went to renowned climate scientist Richard Peltier of the University of Toronto. For more information, read the news release or visit these pages:

The creation of a new award—the NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research—was announced earlier on the day of the ceremony.

Grants, scholarships and fellowships competitions conclude

The 2012 competitions for Discovery Grants, Major Resources Support Grants, CREATE Grants, and scholarships and fellowships will conclude shortly, and staff have begun processing the results. NSERC expects to notify applicants of their results in late March. A public announcement of the full competition results and associated statistical reports will be planned shortly after applicants are notified; however, the exact timing has not been confirmed.

Evaluation planned for Discovery Grants Program

Planning for the formal evaluation of the Discovery Grants Program is currently under way. NSERC will conduct the evaluation in 2013, drawing on multiple sources of information. Those will include surveys of applicants, scientific societies and institutions, with the goal of assessing the continuing performance and delivery of the program. Details about the research community’s participation in the evaluation process will be provided as they become available.

New Web pages focus on women in science and engineering

New content posted recently on NSERC's Web site includes a new Women in Science and Engineering page, recognizing that challenges remain in achieving the full participation of women in science and engineering careers. As stated in the Policy Statement on Gender Equality in Science and Engineering adopted in October 2011, NSERC is committed to identifying and eliminating barriers that may exist within its own programs and working together with other stakeholders, when appropriate, to do the same. Content on the page includes information about related programs, policies, reports and statistics.

Family and medical leave information consolidated

Information about the existing provisions available to grant or scholarship holders to take different types of leave has been consolidated in one place. The Family and Medical Leave page centralizes access to information about applicable policies, forms to be completed and eligibility questions. Depending on their circumstances, students or professors funded by NSERC may be able to take parental leave, extend the term of their award, or defer the submission of a renewal application.

Long-range plan published for subatomic physics research

As reported in the December 2011 issue of Contact, the new long-range plan for subatomic physics research in Canada has been completed. The Committee's report, The Subatomic Universe: Canada in the Age of Discovery, was presented to NSERC President Suzanne Fortier in January, and can now be This link will take you to another Web site downloaded.