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Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence (CIRCE)

 Full Application Guide
 Full Application Guide - Book 1: Proposal
 Full Application Guide - Book 2: Letters of Support
 Full Application Guide - Book 4: Signature pages of the Academic Participants

The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program is a federal initiative administered jointly through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in partnership with Industry Canada and Health Canada.

CIRCE Competition

Context

The CIRCE Competition process involves three incremental stages: 1) the Notification of Intent (NOI); 2) the Letter of Intent (LOI); and 3) the Full Application (FA). This guide corresponds with the Full Application (FA) stage of the CIRCE competition and it MUST be used in conjunction with the CIRCE Competition Guide and the NCE Program Guide.

To ensure that all sections are prepared correctly, in particular the budget and contributions tables, it is recommended that applicants work closely with NCE Secretariat staff in preparing an application.

The NCE Steering Committee invites selected applicants to submit a FA for the CIRCE Competition based on a successful review of the LOI. The FA must describe in detail how the proposed Centre addresses all five evaluation criteria, in addition to the goal and expected results of the CIRCE Initiative. The Special Selection Committee (Selection Committee) will evaluate each proposal using the information presented in the FA as well as in the NOI and the LOI.

Evaluation Criteria

To ensure that the goal and expected results of the CIRCE Initiative are met, proposals are assessed against the following five CIRCE evaluation criteria:

  • Management of the Network;
  • Networking and Partnerships;
  • Knowledge Mobilization and Exchange;
  • Development of Highly Qualified Personnel; and
  • Excellence of the Research Program.

Because all five CIRCE evaluation criteria are weighed equally, the threshold of excellence must be met for each criterion in order to be successful in the competition. The successful Centre will be evaluated annually against these same criteria five CIRCE evaluation criteria.

Guidelines for Completing a Full Application

The CIRCE competition process involves three incremental stages: the NOI, the LOI and the FA. Each stage solicits new or a greater depth of information surrounding the strategic plan for the Centre. Repetition of the NOI or LOI should be avoided in the FA; however, a brief summary of the NOI and LOI may be included to better frame the information presented in the FA. The focus of the FA should be to provide more detail about the Centre’s proposed activities, strategies and structure

The FA is a compilation of the strategic plan of the proposed Centre and it is composed of four individual books:

Book 1: The Proposal
Book 2: Letters of Support
Book 3: CVs
Book 4: Signature Pages

The FA should be submitted by the lead applicant (i.e., academic researcher) as well as the Host Institution who submitted the LOI, on behalf of the proposed Centre.

As with the LOI, the FA must be developed in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and must address areas of mutual strategic importance to both Canada and India. The Selection Committee will assess the level of integration of the appropriate stakeholders into the Centre’s plan. Private, public and not-for-profit sector participants should be informed that their involvement is critical to the success of the Centre.

BOOK 1: THE PROPOSAL

Details on the page limit of each section referenced below can be found in the checklist at the end of this guide.

PDF Application Form

The  PDF Application Form can be viewed on the NCE web site. A form fillable version will be sent to all applicants invited to submit a FA.

Section 1: Centre and lead applicant information

Ensure to include the following information:

  • Title of the proposed Centre (in English and French) and Acronym
  • Name of the Host Institution and, if applicable the Research Grant Officer (RGO) for the Centre
  • Lead applicant contact information (name, salutation, and preferred language of correspondence, title, institution mailing address, phone number and e-mail address)
  • List of 10 keywords that best describe the proposed Centre
  • An estimate of the proportion of the Centre’s research that relates to the mandates of each of the three granting agencies: NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR.
  • Signatures of the lead applicant and the president or Chief Executive Officer of the Centre Host Institution. (Refer to the Appendix A of this document for the meaning of the signature on the application.)

Section 2: Summary for public release

  • In 300 words or less, provide an overview of the proposed Centre.

Section 3: Academic participants

  • List the researchers committed to the Centre’s Research Program, both Canadian and international. Do not include graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, etc., in this table. Note that only Canadian researchers who are eligible to receive research funds from at least one of the three federal granting agencies (i.e., CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC) may receive NCE funds.
  • For each researcher listed, provide the following information: last name, first name and affiliation, role and responsibility in the Centre’s research program and estimated percentage of salaried time that will be spent on the Centre’s activities. The list should be in decreasing order of involvement (% of time).

Section 4: Non-academic participants

  • List the non-academic participants who will take part in or contribute to the Centre’s activities. Provide the following information: last name, first name, affiliation and sector.
  • This table should include at least one individual from each partner listed at the LOI stage. Participants from any new organization identified in earlier stages should also be included.
  • Organize the list according to the sector and/or type of organization, e.g. industry, public sector, federal government, provincial government, municipal government, non-governmental organization, not-for-profit organization, etc.

Section 5: Anticipated Expenditures of the Proposed Centre

  • Using the tables provided (Section 5A and 5B), provide a detailed budget of the anticipated expenditures of NCE funds and non-NCE funds over 5 years. List research-related expenditures in Section 5A and list administrative expenditures in Section 5B.
  • In separate pages (no page limit), provide a detailed explanation and justification for each budget item listed in Section 5A and 5B following the instructions below. Provide a detailed description and justification for all categories identified as “Other” under each category.

5A - Research related expenditures

1. Salaries and Stipends

List the position titles and proposed salaries, including non-discretionary benefits, of students, postdoctoral fellows, assistants, etc. Provide the number of personnel in each category and briefly describe the responsibilities for each position that will be supported through the CIRCE grant. Specify any other expenses related to salaries and benefits of research personnel.

2. Operation of core facilities

An NCE core facility can be described as a core of technical or professional research support staff essential to the research activities of a group. If core facilities are to be funded through the proposed Centre, provide details concerning the operating costs of each facility. Fees to be paid for the use of the facility should be itemized (e.g., hours of use and rate per hour).

3. Research Equipment

List equipment to be purchased or rented that will be used to conduct the research activities. Justify the need for each item requested. Provide purchase or rental costs, operation and maintenance costs, and user fees (e.g., hours of use and rate per hour) if applicable, for each piece of equipment. Specify any other related expenses.

4. Materials and supplies

Provide details on the materials and supplies that will be used during the research activities and explain major items (exceeding $1,000).

5. Travel expenses

Detail the cost of anticipated field trips, conferences, student exchanges, and travel for which funds are requested, excluding both the Annual General Meeting, meetings of the Board of Directors and its sub-committees. Briefly explain how the travel expenses of the researchers and the Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) relate to the proposed research activities. Specify any other research expenses related to travel.

6. Knowledge Mobilization and Technology Transfer (KMTT)

List and describe the expenses related to publication costs, field trials, prototyping, policy development, workshops, and any other knowledge mobilization and technology transfer activities that are to be conducted by the Centre’s researchers.

7. Other research expenditures

List all items not relevant to previous categories, and provide an explanation for each item.

5B - Administrative expenditures

1. Operational costs

Detail the salaries and benefits of the Scientific Director as well as for each of the Administrative Centre staff. Describe the expenses to be paid by the Administrative Centre for the purchase of equipment and office supplies to be used by the Administrative Centre, as well as the costs related to the maintenance of the core facilities, if applicable. Describe any other operational costs incurred by the Administrative Centre including: consulting and/or technical services, legal fees, insurance audit, etc.

2. Travel expenses

Detail the cost of the anticipated travel of the Administrative Centre staff (including the Scientific Director) as well as the travel expenses of the respective members of the Centre’s committees for attending meetings.

3. Management and Networking

Detail the expenses related to the Centre’s committees and the Board of Directors meetings, the Annual General Meeting, any networking events, seminars and workshops related to the management of the Centre or organized by the Administrative Centre.

4. Knowledge Mobilization and Technology Transfer (KMTT)

Describe the costs related to patenting, market studies, policy development, workshops and any other knowledge mobilization and technology transfer related activities conducted by (or for) the Administrative Centre.

5. Communications

Describe the costs related to corporate communications and publications (e.g. brand, brochures, website, etc.), external relations (e.g. events, marketing, outreach activities, partnerships, social marketing, etc.) and media relations, as well as any internal and other communications cost.

6. Other administrative expenditures

List all items not relevant to previous categories and provide an explanation and justification for each item listed.

Section 6: Contributions from participating organizations

  • Provide details regarding the anticipated cash and in-kind contributions from the Host Institution and the participating organizations over the life of the grant. For non-academic partners, in-kind contributions could be defined by cash equivalent of goods or services considered essential to the research that represent an incremental expense the partner would not normally incur and that would have to be purchased by project funds if not otherwise donated. In-kind contributions may also include the time of a partner’s scientific, technical or administrative staff providing direction and/or participating in a project, as well as provision of access to special equipment. In the case of academic partners, they may also offer in-kind contributions in the form of access to specialized equipment, facilities or student support. The time committed by faculty at Canadian academic institutions towards the research projects is not considered an in-kind contribution. Similarly, costs associated with the laboratory or office space (overhead costs) of academic researchers will not be considered as in-kind contributions. Note that faculty salary and office space may be considered an in-kind contribution only from the Host Institution for providing teaching relief for the Scientific Director and space to host the Administrative Centre of the CIRCE.
  • Organize the list starting with the Host Institution, followed by other organizations grouped by sector (academic, industry, government, etc.), in order of decreasing value of total contribution (including both cash and in-kind contributions).
  • The order of these tables should correspond with the order of the Letters of Support provided in Book 2. Note that the tables can be re-ordered once the form is complete and saved as a PDF document, but not in the form-fillable format.

Letter of Support from Host Institution

The Host Institution plays an important role in the CIRCE, whether through direct or indirect support. The letter of support from the proposed Host Institution must provide a detailed account of the support being offered (e.g. suitability of accommodations, use of administrative and financial systems, access to administrative equipment, etc.), as well as a monetary equivalent for all in-kind contributions.

The letter must be signed by the President or Chief Executive Officer of the institution that proposes to host the CIRCE Administrative Centre (i.e., the Host Institution). This signature should match the signature in Book 1, Section 1 of the Full Application Form.

Executive Summary

Provide a two-page description of the proposed Centre and the expected benefits for both Canada and India. The summary should describe how each of the sections addressed in the Free Form sections (i.e. Management of the Network, Networking and Partnership, Knowledge Mobilization and Exchange, and the Excellence of the Research Program, as well as Development of Highly Qualified Personnel, see below) align with the Centre’s vision and how these activities will facilitate collaborations between Canada and India with mutual benefit and in areas of mutual strategic importance.

Write for a general audience using plain language, as the summary may be used for communication purposes, such as press releases for the NCE website.

Vision and Mission Statement

In one page or less clearly state the vision and the mission of the Centre. Also explain how the vision and mission of the proposed Centre align with the priority areas common to both countries and how the Centre will contribute to substantial advancements in these areas.  

Free Form

Use the following sections to describe the proposed CIRCE in 80 pages or less. While the application must follow the order in which the four major headings are listed below, it is up to the applicant to assign page limits for each respective section (unless otherwise indicated). Note, all additional pages, text or material will be removed from the FA.

There are bullet points within each section below that provide guidance on how to frame the required information. Applicants will also note that the Development of HQP criterion is not a stand-alone section but has been integrated into the four other major criteria of the program. This ensures that HQP strategy is not a stand-alone component of the Centre, but rather integrated into all of the activities of the Centre. For ease of identification, the HQP-specific bullet points are marked with “HQP”. 

As mentioned above, the CIRCE competition process involves three incremental stages: the NOI, LOI and FA. Each stage solicits new or a greater depth of information surrounding the strategic plan for the Centre. Applicants are reminded to ensure that all comments received at the LOI stage from the Selection Committee be addressed in the Free Form section.

The number and letter in parentheses at the end of each bullet point correspond with the specific evaluation criterion describer in the CIRCE Competition Guide.

Management of the Network

The Centre will possess the appropriate organizational structure that can effectively manage the business functions of a complex multidisciplinary and multi-institutional cost-effective Canada-India endeavour that includes a research program.

  • Define the sustainability and/or legacy vision of the Centre at the end of the five-year funding cycle. (1e)
  • Detail the broader implementation and management strategy for the Centre’s Networking and Partnerships, KME, HQP, Research, and internal and/or external communications programs. These plans should build on the summaries provided in the LOI and must include well-defined milestones, expected outcomes for the benefit of both Canada and India, metrics for success, anticipated challenges and how they will be overcome, and how each plan will collectively enable the Centre to achieve the overall goals. (1b, 1c)
  • Provide an overview of the governance structure of the Centre, identifying key incumbents if possible. Define the role of each individual in the overall management structure. Describe how the proposed incumbents are best suited to fulfill the management roles defined at the LOI stage. Provide a CV for each non-researcher identified (see Appendix A). (1a)
  • Describe the proposed financial administration framework for the grant funds. Include an overview of the new or existing accounting systems that are required or already in place, and how these systems will accommodate NCE and non-NCE funding. (1d)
  • Demonstrate the track record of successfully managed bilateral research efforts and the resulting outcomes (provide three detailed examples). (1f)
  • Building on the approach provided in the NOI, discuss specifically how the CIRCE will manage, coordinate and streamline the networking and partnership activities between the Canadian and Indian stakeholders. (1g)
  • HQP - Provide the proposed model for tracking HQP mobility within and beyond the Centre’s mandate. (4e)

Networking and Partnerships

The Centre will bring together the key individuals and organizations, both from Canada and India, required to develop coordinated partnerships that will generate positive social, economic, technological and/or wellness impacts in both countries.

  • In identifying the strategic areas and the delivery of the activities, provide details of the proposed Networking and Partnership activities of the Centre and describe the multidisciplinary and/or multi-sectoral approach(es) used, and the role and degree of involvement of each end-users from Canada, India and other countries. (2b, 2d, 2h)
  • HQP – Identify the international student associations that align with the mandate of the CIRCE HQP program. Describe how the Centre will engage in partnership(s) with these associations. (4h)
  • Define the nature, extent and incremental added value the CIRCE will bring to: (i) the existing partnerships as summarized in the NOI; (ii) the proposed projects in existence prior to the CIRCE; and (iii) the involvement of the broader network of stakeholders in the Centre activities. (2c, 2g)
  • Detail the approach to ensure synergy among the different disciplines and sectors involved in new and complementary areas. (2e)
  • Describe how the Centre will generate and increase revenues, contributions both cash and in-kind and/or commitments over the funding cycle. (2f)
  • HQP - Define the approach proposed to engage the HQP within the broader network of stakeholders. Include expected measurable outcomes for research exchanges and training opportunities. (4b)

Knowledge Mobilization and Exchange (KME)

The CIRCE will generate benefits to Canada’s and India’s science and technology capabilities and practices as well produce downstream economic and social benefits, such as technology, market development and public policy development through the mobilization of research knowledge.

  • Describe the knowledge mobilization strategy(ies) including: (i) the approach to engage and interact with end-user communities over the term of the grant; (ii) the plan to ensure dissemination and uptake of knowledge among end-user communities in Canada and India; (iii) strategies for influencing public policy, behavioural or institutional / organizational change; and (iv) the process to assist the end user community(ies) to access, adapt and apply existing knowledge to the social and/or economic benefit of Canada and India. (3b, 3c, 3e)
  • Describe the current international agreements in place and how they will affect the knowledge generated from the Centre. Detail any additional agreements that are expected to be in place during the grant period. Describe the plans to address background intellectual property (IP) from Canada and/or India as well as the approach for any foreground IP from Canada and/or India. (3f)
  • HQP – Detail how the involvement of HQP in the research program(s) will be expanded by KME activities. Provide specific details on the role of HQP in addressing the needs of the end-users/partners and how HQP involvement in this process will enhance HQP capacity and training.  (4d)

Excellence of the Research Program

The Centre will bring together the key individuals and organizations, both from Canada and India, required to develop coordinated research that will generate positive social, economic, technological and/or wellness impacts in both countries.

  • Provide details of the proposed Research Program of the Centre and describe the strategy to maintain a multidisciplinary and/or multi-sectoral approach to the research program, the value-added by the program and why this approach is necessary to achieve the Centre’s research objectives.  (5a, 5b)
  • Provide brief biographies (200 words or less) of all key researchers, both Canadian and international, who have agreed to participate in the Centre’s activities. (5c)
  • Identify the overlap between the Centre’s Research Program and similar initiatives in the international research landscape. Describe what will be the relationship between the Centre and these initiatives. (5d)
  • HQP - Detail the strategy to attract and retain HQP in both countries, and how the HQP plan (as detailed in the Management of the Network section) will grow over the term of the grant. (4f)
  • HQP - Define how the involvement of and/or opportunities for HQP will create novel and unique training opportunities while impacting in areas of critical importance to Canadian and Indian productivity, economic growth and public policy. (4g)

APPENDIX A – Centre’s Management CVs

Provide a detailed CV for each proposed incumbent described in the Management of the Network section. CVs should highlight past experiences and accomplishments that justify the incumbent as the ideal candidate for the specified position. The CV should not exceed five pages.

APPENDIX B – Acronyms

Provide an alphabetized list of all acronyms used in the application. This section is not included in the page count.

APPENDIX C – References Cited

Provide a bibliography of all references cited in previous sections. This section is not included in the page count.

BOOK 2: LETTERS OF SUPPORT

Letters of support are critical in demonstrating the commitment of identified partners to the Centre and to the Centre’s activities. It is expected that an application will include letters of support from both Canadian and Indian partners. NOTE: Should the letters not detail all required information they will be considered incomplete and will be flagged as such to reviewers.

Use the provided  PDF form (Letters of support Summary) as the first page of Book 2. Fill the table with the organization’s name, the value of cash and in-kind contributions, and the page number where the letter of support can be found.

The letters of support must be grouped by sector and in decreasing order of total value of support. The order should be the same as the order of Book 1, section 6.

Letters of support must:

  • Be written in one of Canada’s official languages (English or French);
  • Be signed by a senior executive with signing authority for the contributions being committed and placed on letterhead;
  • Describe the level, type (cash and/or in-kind), nature (for in-kind commitments detail the service; for cash contributions specify if directed) and duration of anticipated support;
  • Include a table that summarizes the total commitments made by year.
  • Detail any involvement the stakeholder will have in the Centre and the potential benefits resulting from their involvement and/or commitments;
  • Not be template formatted by the applicant (i.e. standardized by applicant across organizations); and
  • Dated and signed no earlier than December 6, 2011.

The signatures of authorized officers of supporting organizations certify that the organization:

  • Agrees with the content of the application and agrees to provide the committed resources; and
  • Agrees to the release of the public summary of the award and to the publication of the organization's name as a supporter of the Centre.

Neither the Lead Applicant nor any of the researchers associated with the CIRCE application may sign a letter of support. Only signatures from senior officials on behalf of the organization will be accepted.

BOOK 3: Curriculum VITAE (CV)

The applicant is responsible for selecting up to 50 CVs for inclusion in Book 3. Any additional CVs (>50) will be removed. The NCE Secretariat will only accept CVs that conform with a tri-agency (CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC) CV Presentation Standard. The Presentation Standards for CVs are detailed below.    

Book 3: Composition

Book 3 must be a searchable document in PDF format and contain all 50 selected CVs as one PDF document. The CVs should be in alphabetical order by last name of the researcher and each should be separated by a bookmark. There are no page limits for CVs or for Book 3.

BOOK 4: SIGNATURE PAGES OF ACADEMIC PARTICIPANTS

Use the  PDF form provided (Signatures of academic participants). Use one form per academic institution (organization). Signatures from academic participants should be included in the table while the signing officer signature should be the included in the designated section at end of the table (see the second page of the form). Use additional pages if required.

Refer to Appendix A of this document for the meaning of a signature on the application.

General Presentation

The FA free-form section must be converted into a searchable PDF document, merged with the FA PDF form and submitted as one single searchable PDF document.

The FA free-form section must be prepared according to the following standards:

Page size: 8½ x 11 inches

Margins: no less than ¾ of an inch on all sides.

Font: Times New Roman (no smaller than 12 pts) or Arial (no smaller than 11 pts). Condensed type will not be accepted.

Header: include the title of the Centre at the top of every page

All pages must be consecutively numbered.

Graphs and illustrations may be included, but will count as part of the page limits set out above. Either single or double column presentation of text, graphs or illustrations is acceptable. All additional material will be removed from the application package.

Submission procedures

The deadline for submission of the Full Application for the 2012 CIRCE Competition is Thursday, August 2, 2012. Applications must be postmarked by 4:30 p.m. on August 2, 2012. 

Number of Copies   

One unbound original copy and one USB stick with a searchable PDF version of each book.

Mailing Address

Networks of Centres of Excellence
CIRCE Competition
16th Floor, mailroom
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON  K1A 1H5

The NCE Secretariat will confirm receipt within one week.

Contact

For more information, please contact the NCE Program, CIRCE Competition at:

Telephone: 613-995-6010
Fax: 613-992-7356
E-mail: info@nce-rce.gc.ca

Checklist

A Full Application (FA) consists of four books and must include the following components in the same order as listed below. The maximum number of pages permitted for each section is indicated below. All additional material will be removed. 

Book 1: The Proposal

  • Host Institution Letter of Support (2 pages)
  • PDF Application Form – Section 1 – Centre and Lead Applicant Information (1 page)
  • PDF Application Form – Section 2 – Summary for public release (300 words)
  • PDF Application Form – Section 3 –Academic participants (unlimited)
  • PDF Application Form – Section 4 –Non-academic participants (unlimited)
  • PDF Application Form – Section 5A – Anticipated Expenditures of the proposed Centre- Research related expenditures(1 page)
  • PDF Application Form – Section 5B – Anticipated Expenditures of the proposed Centre- Administrative expenditures(1 page)
  • PDF Application Form – Section 6 – Contributions participating organizations (unlimited)
  • Budget Justification (unlimited)
  • Executive Summary (2 pages)
  • Vision and Mission Statement (1 page)
  • Free Form  (80 pages)
    • Management of the Network
    • Networking and Partnerships
    • Knowledge Mobilization and Exchange
    • Excellence of the Research Program
    • Development of Highly Qualified Personnel (not a separate section, must be integrated into the other four criteria)
  • Appendix A – Centre’s Management CVs (5 pages per CV)
  • Appendix B – List of Acronyms (unlimited)
  • Appendix C – References Cited (unlimited)

Book 2: Letters of Support

  • PDF Form – Letters of support Summary
  • Letters of Support

Book 3: Curriculum Vitae

  • One PDF document that includes up to 50 academic CVs following the Presentation Standards of one of the Granting Agencies, with bookmarks separating each CV

Book 4: Signatures of academic participants

  • PDF Form – Signatures of academic participants(one form per organization)

Appendix A

What do the electronic or original signatures on the application mean?

For the Lead applicant

By signing and submitting my application, I (the Lead applicant):

  • certify that the information provided in my funding applications and related documents is true, complete and accurate and that I have represented myself, my research and my accomplishments in a manner consistent with the norms of the relevant field;
  • consent to the sharing between the NCE Secretariat and any academic institution to which I am, or may become, affiliated of any and all information, including personal information, in any way related to the application and to the grant/award;
  • understand the This link will take you to another Web site Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act (including the Use and Disclosure of Personal Information Provided to the NCE Secretariat) as they pertain to grant application information;
  • attest that participants listed on the application have agreed to be included;
  • certify that I am not currently ineligible to apply for and/or hold funds from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) or any other research funding organization world-wide for reasons of breach of responsible conduct of research policies such as ethics, integrity or financial management policies;
  • certify that I respect and comply with the This link will take you to another Web site Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service, as required only if I am, or was in the last 12 months, a public servant in the federal government;
  • accept the terms and conditions set out in NCE Program Guide and the This link will take you to another Web site Memorandum of Understanding on the Roles and Responsibilities in the Management of Federal Grants and Awards between the federal granting agencies and Canadian institutions;
  • will inform the NCE Secretariat and institutional officials of changes in eligibility status;
  • agree to comply with the policies and guidelines described in the This link will take you to another Web site Requirements for Certain Types of Research, including:
    • research involving humans;
    • research requiring human pluripotent stem cells;
    • research requiring the use of animals;
    • research involving controlled information;
    • research involving biohazards;
    • research involving radioactive materials;
    • research activities having potential effects on the environment; and
    • other related policies;
  • will inform the NCE Secretariat and institutional officials of any changes in the nature of the research that may have an impact on certification or approvals on the same policies as in the previous bullet; and
  • understand that maintaining public trust in the integrity of researchers is fundamental to building a knowledge-based society. By submitting this application or by accepting funding from CIHR, NSERC and/or SSHRC, I affirm that I have read and I agree to respect all the policies of these agencies that are relevant to my research, including the This link will take you to another Web site Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research. In cases of a serious breach of agency policy, the agency may publicly disclose my name, the nature of the breach, the institution where I was employed at the time of the breach and the institution where I am currently employed. I accept this as a condition of applying for, or receiving, agency funding and I consent to such disclosure.

For academic participants:

  • By accepting to participate in the Centre, I (the academic participant) also agree to the above.

The signatures of the institutional authorities certify that:

  • the institution will abide by the roles and responsibilities as set out in the This link will take you to another Web site Memorandum of Understanding on the Roles and Responsibilities in the Management of Federal Grants and Awards with the three federal granting agencies;
  • the applicant have met, or will meet, the eligibility requirements;
  • the institution obtained written approval from other institutions involved in the application process prior to submission; and
  • the institution agrees to comply with NSERC’s, CHIR’s or SSHRC’s data protection requirements and has adequate safeguards in place to protect sensitive information entrusted to it by the NCE Secretariat for the purpose of administering applications and awards.

The signatures of authorized officers of other supporting organizations certify that the organization:

  • agrees with the content of the application and will provide the committed resources; and
  • agrees to the release of the public summary of the award and to the publication of the organization's name as a supporter of the initiative.

For further information, see the Questions and Answers on the Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information at address This link will take you to another Web site http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/governance-gouvernance/consentFAQ-consentementFAQ_eng.asp.