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Business-Led Networks vs. "Classic" NCEs

Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) - 2009

Business-Led Networks vs. 'Classic' NCEs
  Business-Led NCEs 'Classic' NCEs
Description Managed collaborative virtual network that delivers a research program
Lead Private sector Academia
Host Institution Not-for-profit consortia representing the private sector University / Some not-for-profit examples
Network Leader/
Scientific Director
Director of the not-for-profit consortium University affiliated (professor, clinician etc.)
Research Agenda Private sector-driven research topics determined by establishing a vision University strategically determined research agenda with stakeholder input
Duration Four (4) years Seven (7) years – renewable
Direct Research Costs Only 50% of direct research costs can come out of BL-NCE funds – balance to be made up of private sector cash & in-kind contributions Majority of research costs paid out of NCE funds – contributions from the private sector are strongly encouraged
Administrative Costs Only 75% of administrative costs can come out of BL-NCE funds – balance to be made up of private sector cash & in-kind contributions Majority of administrative costs paid out of NCE funds – contributions from the private sector are strongly encouraged
Research Area Targeted to 5 Priority Areas identified in the S&T Strategy and
Budget 2007
Open or targeted competitions
Funding source NCE funds flowing through the 3 granting agencies
(NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC)
Research Providers University labs,
Private sector labs
Government labs
(see below)
Mainly university labs
Role of Government Scientists No direct funding but eligible for student support if Adjunct Professors – bring own resources to the NCE

Should you have any questions or inquiries regarding the Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence, please contact:

Christian Thivierge
Deputy Program Director
Tel.: 613-947-8894
Email: info@nce-rce.gc.ca