NSERC Advancing Climate Change Science in Canada

With the This link will take you to another Web site Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF), Canada has set an ambitious agenda to guide actions that will grow the economy while reducing emissions, protect and enhance carbon sinks and build resilience to adapt to a changing climate. Science-based information underlies the effective delivery of many climate change actions and the PCF provides a driver for a more holistic planning and delivery of climate change science for Canada.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Health Canada (HC), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) are partnering to strengthen collaborative efforts among federal scientists and the academic community to advance policy-relevant climate change science that supports work of the PCF.

The anticipated budget for this initiative is approximately $4.8 million and individual proposals should not exceed three years or requests beyond an average of $180,000 annually. Applicants are required to collaborate with at least one Federal Department or Agency from the Government of Canada. All project expenditures will be subject to NSERC’s Use of Grant Funds whose requirements are outlined in the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.  The maximum level (stacking limit) of total government assistance (federal, provincial, and municipal assistance for the same eligible expenditures) will not exceed 100 per cent of eligible expenditures.

Research objectives

The proposed research project must address at least one of the following research objectives:

  • Heat: to help protect the health of Canadians through advancing innovation for energy efficient cooling technologies, such as the cooling potential of natural infrastructures;
  • Forests: accelerates knowledge of ecosystem services in the context of climate change, such as the role of forests and trees as natural infrastructure in increasing climate resilience, mitigating climate change, human health and wellbeing, and promoting biodiversity in urban or rural landscapes;
  • Carbon cycle: to improve understanding of carbon dynamics in Canadian ecosystems, with a focus on how to quantify, protect, and enhance natural carbon sinks.

Application procedure

Applicants must begin by submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI must include a cover page (one page) and research proposal (one page). All documents should follow the NSERC On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards.

The cover page must include:

  • the project title;
  • a list of up to 10 keywords;
  • an approximate budget request, by project year;
  • the applicant’s name, affiliation, and email address;
  • a list of co-applicants, with affiliation and email address;
  • a list of collaborators, with affiliation and email address.

The research proposal should include:

  • a description of the main research challenges and activities;
  • a discussion of anticipated participation by collaborators from government departments;
  • a discussion of anticipated outcomes and benefits.

The LOI should be saved as a single portable document format (PDF) document, and uploaded to NSERC’s secure portal before the deadline. For full competition details and instructions please see NSERCs website. Please note that NOIs ubmitted in the online portal will need to be forwarded to the Agency by ORIS so it is asked that applications be received by 12:00 (noon) on November 29th to allow ORIS sufficient time to do so.

Agency Name: 
Contact Name: 
Stacey Leavitt
Grant Amount: 
Individual proposals should not exceed three years or requests beyond an average of $180,000 annually.
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Friday, November 30, 2018
Internal Deadline: 
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: