Details on transfer payment programs

Business-led Networks of Centres of Excellence (voted)
Start date

2007

End date

2023-24

Type of transfer payment

Grant

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2012-13

Link to departmental result(s)

Canada’s natural sciences and engineering research knowledge is used.

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Research Partnerships

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The Business-led Networks of Centres of Excellence program (BL-NCE) funds large-scale collaborative research networks that bring a wide range of research expertise to bear on specific challenges identified by an industrial sector. This tri-agency program is administered by NSERC on behalf of SSHRC, CIHR and NSERC.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.

Expected results

The research knowledge and technology produced by the networks and centres are transferred and used.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2015-16

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

Not applicable. No longer an ongoing program. Budget 2018 transferred BL-NCE program funds to the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) at ISED.

General targeted recipient groups
  • Not-for-profit organizations and charities
  • Academia and public institutions
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

No further competitions are planned under this program. Existing recipients are supported by direct contact and engagement through their assigned NCE staff liaison who sits as an observer on the Board of Directors.

Financial information
Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2021–22 planned spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending

Total grants

$2,763,000

$2,727,000

$1,650,000

$1,300,000

Total contributions

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total other types of transfer payments

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total program

$2,763,000

$2,727,000

$1,650,000

$1,300,000

Canada 150 Research Chairs (voted)
Start date

2017

End date

2025-26

Type of transfer payment

Grant

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2017-18

Link to departmental result(s)

Canada’s natural sciences and engineering research is internationally competitive.

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Discovery Research

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The Canada 150 Chairs provides Canadian universities with a one-time investment to attract top-tier, internationally based scholars and researchers (including Canadian expatriates) to Canada. This program is administered by SSHRC on behalf of CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.

Expected results
  • Strengthen Canada’s research capacity through the recruitment and retention of top-tier, internationally based scholars and researchers;
  • Enhance Canada’s reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence;
  • Improve universities’ capacity to generate and apply new knowledge; and
  • Improve the training and development of highly qualified research personnel.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2020-21

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

2025-26

General targeted recipient groups
  • Academia and public institutions
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

A variety of engagement initiatives (webinars, site visits, telephone, email, online forums) are used as part of the regular competition cycle in order to give applicants and recipients opportunities to seek and receive information and to provide feedback on service delivery.

Financial information
Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2021–22 planned spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending

Total grants

$9,450,000

$9,450,000

$9,450,000

$9,450,000

Total contributions

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total other types of transfer payments

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total program

$9,450,000

$9,450,000

$9,450,000

$9,450,000

Canada Excellence Research Chairs (voted)
Start date

2008

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Grant

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2016-17

Link to departmental result(s)

Canada’s natural sciences and engineering research is internationally competitive.

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Discovery Research

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program is a tri-agency initiative that supports Canadian universities in their efforts to build on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation. The program awards world-renowned researchers and their teams to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. This program is administered by SSHRC on behalf of CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.

Expected results
  • Strengthen Canada’s ability to attract the world’s top researchers;
  • Build a critical mass of expertise in priority areas identified by the government at Canadian institutions;
  • Create a competitive environment to help Canadian institutions attract a cadre of world-leading researchers, collaborators, partners, and research users from diverse sectors, nationally and internationally; and
  • Contribute to the branding of Canada as a location of choice for world-leading research, science and technology development
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2020-21

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

2025-26

General targeted recipient groups
  • Academia and public institutions
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

A variety of engagement initiatives (webinars, site visits, telephone, email, online forums) are used as part of the regular competition cycle in order to give applicants and recipients opportunities to seek and receive information and to provide feedback on service delivery.

Financial information
Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2021–22 planned spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending

Total grants

$14,000,000

$12,950,000

$11,200,000

$10,150,000

Total contributions

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total other types of transfer payments

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total program

$14,000,000

$12,950,000

$11,200,000

$10,150,000

Canada First Research Excellence Fund (voted)
Start date

2014

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Grant

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2014-15

Link to departmental result(s)

Canada’s natural sciences and engineering research is internationally competitive.

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Discovery Research

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) supports Canada’s postsecondary institutions in their efforts to become global research leaders. CFREF helps competitively selected Canadian postsecondary institutions turn their key strengths into world-leading capabilities. This program is administered by SSHRC on behalf of CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.

Expected results
  • Institutions develop ambitious and focused strategies
  • Canadian postsecondary institutions excel globally in research areas of strategic relevance to Canada
  • Institutions contribute to creating long-term economic advantages for Canada
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

In progress

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Pending

Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

2026-27

General targeted recipient groups
  • Academia and public institutions
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

A variety of engagement initiatives (webinars, site visits, telephone, email, online forums) are used as part of the regular competition cycle in order to give applicants and recipients opportunities to seek and receive information and to provide feedback on service delivery.

Financial information
Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2021–22 planned spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending

Total grants

$137,135,497

$137,135,497

$108,439,290

$0

Total contributions

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total other types of transfer payments

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total program

$137,135,497

$137,135,497

$108,439,290

$0

Canada Graduate Scholarships (voted)
Start date

2003-04

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Grant

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2009-10

Link to departmental result(s)

Canada has a pool of diverse and highly skilled people in the natural sciences and engineering.

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Research Training and Talent Development

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

NSERC's portion of the Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in Master's or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. This program is a tri-agency program and is administered by each respective agency (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC).

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.

Expected results
  • Increased enrolment in graduate studies in Canada.
  • Improved time to completion of degrees for CGS scholarship holders, relative to national statistics for time to completion in their discipline.
  • Enhanced capacity of Canadian universities to attract the best and brightest young people who will become the next generation of researchers.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2016-17

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

2021-22

General targeted recipient groups
  • Individuals or sole proprietorships
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

Applicants and recipients are engaged through communication with academic institutions and tri-agency or agency specific electronic communication.

Financial information
Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2021–22 planned spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending

Total grants

$48,580,000

$50,455,000

$50,455,000

$50,455,000

Total contributions

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total other types of transfer payments

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total program

$48,580,000

$50,455,000

$50,455,000

$50,455,000

Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research
Start date

2007

End date

2023-24

Type of transfer payment

Grant

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2012-13

Link to departmental result(s)

Canada’s natural sciences and engineering research knowledge is used.

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Research Partnerships

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program bridges the challenging gap between innovation and commercialization. The program matches clusters of research expertise with the business community to share the knowledge and resources that bring innovations to market faster. Centres advance research and facilitate commercialization within four priority areas: the environment; natural resources and energy; health and life sciences; and information and communications technologies. This program is administered by NSERC on behalf of CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.

Expected results

Pre-competitive development of promising technology and the promotion of its transfer to new or established Canadian companies are facilitated.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2017-18

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

Not applicable. No longer an ongoing program. Budget 2018 transferred CECR program funds to the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) at ISED.

General targeted recipient groups
  • Not-for-profit organizations and charities
  • Academia and public institutions
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

No further competitions are planned under this program. Existing recipients are supported by direct contact and engagement through their assigned NCE staff liaison who sits as an observer on the Board of Directors.

Financial information
Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2021–22 planned spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending

Total grants

$10,651,980

$5,409,000

$2,480,000

$0

Total contributions

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total other types of transfer payments

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total program

$10,651,980

$5,409,000

$2,480,000

0

College and Community Innovation Program (voted)
Start date

2007

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Grant

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2018-19

Link to departmental result(s)

Canada’s natural sciences and engineering research knowledge is used.

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Research Partnerships

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program is managed by NSERC in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The CCI Program increases innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), in areas of the natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities and/or health. It supports applied research and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, as well as technology transfer, adaptation and adoption of new technologies, in areas of strategic importance to Canada.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.

Expected results
  • Increased awareness by local businesses of the capacity of the postsecondary institutions to assist with applied research projects.
  • Increased involvement of faculty in applied research.
  • Increased applied research capacity at colleges.
  • College students acquiring applied research knowledge and experience, and exposure to business work environments.
  • New technologies and processes adopted by local businesses and other organizations.
  • Increased applied research collaborations between colleges, universities, local businesses and other organizations.
  • Increased R&D investment by local businesses and other organizations.
  • Increased productivity and competitiveness of local businesses and other organizations.
  • Enhanced reputation of colleges as applied research partners for local businesses and other organizations.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2018-19

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

2023-24

General targeted recipient groups
  • Academia and public institutions
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

A variety of engagement initiatives (webinars, site visits, telephone, email, online forums) are used as part of the regular competition cycle in order to give applicants and recipients opportunities to seek and receive information and to provide feedback on service delivery.

Financial information
Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2021–22 planned spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending

Total grants

$73,454,656

$75,565,023

$80,729,564

$81,204,491

Total contributions

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total other types of transfer payments

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total program

$73,454,656

$75,565,023

$80,729,564

$81,204,491

Grants and Scholarships (voted)
Start date

1978

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Grant

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2018-19

Link to departmental result(s)

Canada’s natural sciences and engineering research is internationally competitive, Canada has a pool of diverse and highly skilled people in the natural sciences and engineering, Canada’s natural sciences and engineering research knowledge is used.

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Discovery Research, Research Training and Talent Development, Research Partnerships

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

NSERC's class grant Grants and Scholarships program supports university-based basic and project research, college-based project research, provides scholarships and fellowships to young researchers, and facilitates links between universities, colleges, the private sector and governments.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.

Expected results
  • Canada has a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading-edge scientific and research skills to fill positions in Canadian industry, government, postsecondary institutions, and other research organizations.
  • Canada makes significant high quality contributions to the creation of knowledge.
  • Canada's research capacity in science and engineering is maintained at world-class levels.
  • Research and training in targeted and emerging areas of national importance is accelerated.
  • The transfer of knowledge and technology residing in Canadian postsecondary institutions to the user sector is facilitated.
  • Mutually beneficial collaborations between the private sector and researchers in postsecondary institutions are created and result in industrial and economic benefits to Canada.
  • The Canadian public has a better understanding of the importance of science and engineering and of Canadian achievements and supports public investments in S&T.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2019-20 (Discovery Research)

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

2021-22 (Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships)

General targeted recipient groups
  • Academia and public institutions
  • Individual or sole proprietorships
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

A variety of engagement initiatives (webinars, site visits, telephone, email, online forums) are used as part of the regular competition cycle in order to give applicants and recipients opportunities to seek and receive information and to provide feedback on service delivery.

Financial information
Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2021–22 planned spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending

Total grants

$1,093,186,545

$993,879,765

$986,332,612

$982,510,200

Total contributions

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total other types of transfer payments

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total program

$1,093,186,545

$993,879,765

$986,332,612

$982,510,200

Networks of Centres of Excellence (voted)
Start date

1997

End date

2024-25

Type of transfer payment

Grant

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2014-15

Link to departmental result(s)

Canada’s natural sciences and engineering research knowledge is used.

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Research Partnerships

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The program supports large-scale academically led research networks that harness the creativity and inventiveness of Canadian health, natural, and social scientists and engineers. Partners from industry, government and not-for-profit organizations contribute additional expertise and bring cash and in kind support. This program is a tri-agency program administered by NSERC on behalf of CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.

Expected results

Strong linkages and partnerships between university, government and industry, and other users (NGOs) resulting in the exploitation of leading-edge research results with economical and/or societal benefits to Canada.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2015-16

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

Not applicable. No longer an ongoing program. Budget 2018 created the New Frontiers in Research Fund; NCE funding will be transferred to NFRF over the next several years.

General targeted recipient groups
  • Not-for-profit organizations and charities
  • Academia and public institutions
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

No further competitions are planned under this program. Existing recipients are supported by direct contact and engagement through their assigned NCE staff liaison who sits as an observer on the Board of Directors.

Financial information
Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2021–22 planned spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending

Total grants

$27,899,844

$25,706,128

$8,035,344

$0

Total contributions

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total other types of transfer payments

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total program

$27,899,844

$25,706,128

$8,035,344

$0

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (voted)
Start date

2008

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Grant

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2014-15

Link to departmental result(s)

Canada has a pool of diverse and highly skilled people in the natural sciences and engineering.

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Research Training and Talent Development

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program is tri-agency program designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award. This financial award assists students during their studies at Canadian universities. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. This program is administered by CIHR on behalf of CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

There is no repayable contribution under this TPP.

Expected results
  • Establishment of a Canadian doctoral scholarship that is internationally competitive and internationally recognized.
  • Enhanced capacity of Canadian universities to attract the best and brightest students from Canada and the world with the potential to become leaders in the next generation of researchers in Canada.
  • Attract to Canada top students from other countries who will bring with them new knowledge and ideas and enrich the Canadian learning environment.
  • Retain Canada’s top doctoral students in the face of intense international competition for the brightest researchers.
  • Promote and brand Canada as a home of research excellence and Canadian Universities as world-class institutions of research and higher learning.
  • Establish effective research collaborations and networks between Canada and the recipients’ home countries.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2020-21

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

2025-26

General targeted recipient groups
  • Academia and public institutions
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

Applicants and recipients are engaged through communication with academic institutions and directed tri-agency or agency-specific electronic communication, as well as through the Vanier CGS website.

Financial information
Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2021–22 planned spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending

Total grants

$8,350,000

$8,350,000

$8,350,000

$8,350,000

Total contributions

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total other types of transfer payments

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total program

$8,350,000

$8,350,000

$8,350,000

$8,350,000

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