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Undergraduate Student Research Awards allocations

Eligible Canadian institutions receive allocations of Undergraduate Student Research Awards, corresponding to the number of students to whom they can offer an award every year on behalf of the agency. These allocations are based on 3,149 Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs) awards available each year from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Institutions offer awards according to their USRA allocations throughout three terms offered in May, September and January of each competition year. Allocations are not transferable to a subsequent year, nor to projects that do not fit within NSERC’s mandate. Self-identified Indigenous applicants may be submitted above the institutions’ allocations.

Allocations were calculated using a two-step process. In the first step, NSERC determined which institutions are eligible for a USRA allocation. In the second step, NSERC calculated the size of the allocation at each eligible institution.

To be eligible for a USRA allocation, an institution must

  • be listed in the most recent Canada Research Chairs (CRC) results of reallocation 
  • be eligible to administer award funds for NSERC

Allocations are calculated based on each institution’s average of the total sum of NSERC grants* received by all institutions over the last three fiscal years. Each institution receives four awards, and then the remaining allocations are distributed based on the share of the total funding. Some very small institutions have only one allocation reserved for them, but can request up to four awards should they be able to offer them.

*Grants refers to funds received by applicants’ and co-applicants’ host institutions in Canada for grants programs eligible to be included in the CRC credit calculation (i.e., for the 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19 fiscal years). Consult the This link will take you to another Web site Method of Allocation Chairs webpage for further information on the CRC credit calculation.

USRA applications cannot be submitted to institutions that do not appear on this list.

Allocations by institution for the 2021 competition
(in alphabetical order)
Acadia University 10
Algoma University 5
Athabasca University 5
Bishop’s University 6
Brandon University 7
British Columbia Institute of Technology 5
Brock University 23
Cape Breton University 6
Carleton University 52
Concordia University 51
Concordia University of Edmonton 1
Dalhousie University 73
École de technologie supérieure 37
Grant MacEwan University 7
HEC Montréal 13
Institut national de la recherche scientifique 45
Lakehead University 20
Laurentian University 24
McGill University 172
McMaster University 105
Memorial University of Newfoundland 39
Mount Allison University 12
Mount Royal University 5
Mount Saint Vincent University 7
Nipissing University 7
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University 1
Ontario College of Art and Design University 1
Polytechnique de Montréal 72
Queen’s University 76
Redeemer University College 5
Royal Military College of Canada 15
Royal Roads University 1
Ryerson University 37
Saint Mary's University 13
Simon Fraser University 68
St. Francis Xavier University 10
St. Thomas University 1
The King's University 5
The University of British Columbia 217
The University of Western Ontario 100
The University of Winnipeg 15
Thompson Rivers University 10
Trent University 20
Trinity Western University 5
Université de Moncton 12
Université de Montréal 83
Université de Sherbrooke 74
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 22
Université du Québec à Montréal 31
Université du Québec à Rimouski 22
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières 22
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 20
Université du Québec en Outaouais 12
Université Laval 119
Université Sainte-Anne 1
University of Alberta 193
University of Calgary 116
University of Guelph 73
University of Lethbridge 23
University of Manitoba 62
University of New Brunswick 26
University of Northern British Columbia 12
University of Ontario Institute of Technology 27
University of Ottawa 87
University of Prince Edward Island 12
University of Regina 25
University of Saskatchewan 63
University of the Fraser Valley 7
University of Toronto 257
University of Victoria 57
University of Waterloo 169
University of Windsor 32
Vancouver Island University 6
Wilfrid Laurier University 22
York University 46
Sub TOTAL 3,149