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.
The NCE-New Initiative (NI) pilot was established in 2005 with the mandate to support networking among well-established researchers or research teams to encourage them to develop new partnerships with receptor communities. In 2008, an evaluation of the NCE-NI initiative demonstrated that the program added value for multidisciplinary and collaborative research involving academics and community receptors in Canada. Consequently, the NCE Steering Committee approved a new initiative entitled NCEKnowledge Mobilization (KM).
The NCE-KM initiative supports networking and collaboration among well-established research teams and receptor communities to further the application and mobilization of knowledge. The NCE-KM initiative is intended to support national multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral networks in applying and mobilizing the results of worldclass research.
The objectives of the NCE-KM initiative are:
The NCE-KM initiative will fund networking activities (networking costs, network administration, etc.) and may not be used for the support of research itself. It is the objective of networking activities to provide a platform for coordination and intellectual exchange.
The NCE Steering Committee invites potential applicants to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2011 NCE-KM initiative. Letters of Intent will be used for the initial screening of potential networks. The LOI submission must be received by the NCE Secretariat by September 15, 2010, 4:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
Based on a review of all LOIs, selected applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application in April 2011. Where appropriate, the NCE Secretariat will provide written comments regarding the LOI to applicants.
Applicants whose LOIs pass the initial screening process may request funding of up to $20,000 to assist them in preparing a Full Application. Full Application Preparation (FAP) funding can be used for applicationrelated expenses such as communications and workshops, as well as for secretarial, clerical and co-ordination services.
To request FAP funding, applicants must submit a one-page letter outlining their required budget, including a brief rationale of proposed expenses.
Approximately $1.2 million per year will be available to support NCE-KM networks. Successful networks will be awarded up to $400,000 per year for four years, with a possible three-year extension.
The second (and final) funding cycle of up to three years is only available where a NCE-KM has developed and built on its partnerships to progressively transform itself into a receptor-centered network.
|July 2010||Competition Announced|
|September 15, 2010||LOI Submission Deadline|
|October 2010||Selection Committee Review of LOIs|
|November 2010||Invitation to Submit Full Application|
|April 2011||Full Application Deadline (date to be confirmed)|
|April 2011||Selection Committee Review of Full Applications|
|May 2011||New NCE-KM Awards Announcement|
Applications must be submitted by researchers who are eligible to apply for funding under the policies and guidelines of at least one of the three federal granting agencies partnering in the program with the support of the network host (academic institution or private sector consortium that houses the administrative centre of the network and signs the funding agreement.)
Where there is potential for perceived overlap between a proposed NCE-KM network and a current or previously funded NCE network, applicants must explain how the proposed network adds value or is significantly different from currently or previously funded NCE networks.
The applicants must demonstrate that the knowledge being applied or mobilized addresses key problems, challenges and opportunities of high strategic importance to Canada.
1) Expected Impacts and Added Value
2) Excellence and Composition of the Proposed Network Team
3) Other Contributions to the Proposed Network
4) Strategy for Knowledge Mobilization
A well-defined strategy for identifying and mobilizing knowledge across disciplines and sectors over four years should include approaches to:
5) Management and Governance
Planning that includes workable
management and governance structures.
The following are essential planning
The NCE Steering Committee is comprised of the presidents of the three federal granting agencies, the Deputy Ministers of Industry Canada and Health Canada and, the President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation as an observer. The Steering Committee will:
Decisions of the NCE Steering Committee are final. There is no appeal process.
The Steering Committee will appoint an NCE Standing Selection Committee as part of the peer-review process. This committee will be composed of high calibre international experts with broad expertise representing the domains of the three federal granting agencies across all sectors.
The NCE Standing Selection Committee will
review the LOIs according to the NCE-KM
review criteria and provide
recommendations to the NCE Steering
Committee on which proposals to invite for
submission of full applications. The
Standing Selection Committee will also
review Full Applications and make
recommendations to the Steering
Committee regarding which applicants should receive funding for new networks.
The names and affiliations of the members of the Selection Committee will be included in the final report of the Steering Committee at the end of the competition.
The Letter of Intent provides information on the proposed network in relation to the goals and objectives of the NCE-KM initiative. It will be used in the screening process to determine which applicants will be invited to submit full applications. It will be evaluated according to the NCE-KM review criteria.
The LOI should be submitted on behalf of
the proposed network by a researcher who
is eligible to receive funding from one of the
three federal granting agencies, and by the
proposed host institution.
The LOI must be developed in collaboration with key stakeholders. In this document, a stakeholder is defined as an individual, group or organization with an interest in a project, including members of a receptor community.
The deadline for submission of the LOI for the 2011 NCE-KM initiative is September 15, 2010. LOIs must be received by the NCE Secretariat by 4:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
One unbound original containing original signatures on all relevant documents, 25 paper copies and one electronic copy (USB) containing a single PDF file.
Networks of Centres of Excellence
16th Floor, mailroom
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5
The NCE Secretariat will confirm receipt of the application with the applicant within one week of receipt.
Print must be in black ink, of letter quality (minimum standard), with no more than six lines per inch. The type size for fonts measured in points (pts) must be no smaller than 12 pts. If measured in characters per inch (cpi), it must be no more than 10 cpi. Condensed type is unacceptable. Note: Ten pt. font is acceptable for text included in the Application Form pages.
Use white paper, 8½ x 11 inches (21.5 cm x
28 cm), with margins of 3/4 of an inch
(1.905 cm) (minimum) all around. Enter the
title of the network at the top of every page,
and number the pages consecutively. Pages should be double sided.
Graphs and illustrations may be included, but will count as part of the page limits set out below. Either single or double column presentation of text, graphs or illustrations is acceptable. Any extra material will be removed.
1. Letter from Host Institution (Maximum one page)
A cover letter of one page must be signed by the proposed network director and the president or CEO of the institution that proposes to host the Network Administrative Centre. The signatures on the letter must match the signatures on the Summary Information page of the Application Form.
2. Application Form (Excel file)
Use the Excel spreadsheet entitled “NCE-KM 2011 LOI Application Form.” The application form must include: the summary information, the network director’s signature, an alphabetical list of key individuals and the anticipated expenses over the four years of the award. Please consult the NCE Program Guide for information on eligible expenditures and use of NCE-KM funds. However, keep in mind that no research expenses are eligible under NCE-KM.
3. Statement of Strategic Importance (Maximum one page)
Define the problem areas and the anticipated incremental economic and social benefits to Canada. Describe the potential impact and added value over a four-year time frame to Canada’s productivity, health and social systems and/or public policies.
4. Knowledge Mobilization Strategy (Maximum one page)
Present a vision of what the network proposes to achieve, including specific goals and objectives. Include, in your discussion, the network's plans and strategy with respect to engaging the receptor communities and encouraging collaboration between knowledge producers and users.
5. Project Plan (Maximum three pages)
The NCE-KM program must be developed in collaboration with key stakeholders and must integrate receptor partners, academia and government priorities. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the proposed network possesses world-class capacity to address any problems, challenges or opportunities being addressed by the research program.
The applicant must give an outline of the network’s proposed activities, addressing each of the review criteria listed. Include an overview of the expected results and outcome.
The project plan must describe the total funding being requested from the NCE-KM initiative for years 1 to 4 and the anticipated expenditures of NCE-KM funds for the administrative centre and proposed activities.
6. Letters of Support from non-academic Stakeholders (Maximum one page per letter)
Up to five letters of support from non-academic stakeholders listed in the LOI Application Form may be included. Letters should make explicit reference to the proposed network and should:
The deadline for the submission of the LOI is September 15, 2010, 4:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Send the unbound original plus 25 individually copies and one electronic copy (USB) with a PDF version of the application to the NCE Secretariat:
Networks of Centres of Excellence
16th floor, mailroom
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5
The NCE Secretariat will confirm receipt of the application with applicants within one week of receipt.
Tables, graphs and figures may be included within the page limits noted above. Any extra material will be removed.
The LOI Guide - 2011 Competition for Knowledge Mobilization Initiative, the NCE LOI Application Form for the 2011 Competition and details about the NCE Secretariat can be obtained at www.nce-rce.gc.ca.
For more information, please contact the NCE Program at:
NCE Web site
Information Regarding the Meaning of Signatures
Information Regarding In-kind Eligibility
Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide
2011 NCE-KM Letter of Intent Application Form
NCE Program Guide
Each LOI must not exceed nine pages, not including the letters of support, and each section must be submitted in the order shown below. The maximum number of pages permitted for each section is indicated below.
|Letter from Host Institution (one page)|
|NCE-KM 2011 LOI Application Form (three pages)|
|Statement of Strategic Importance (one page)|
|KM Strategy (one page)|
|Project Plan (three pages)|
|Letters of Support (one page per letter, maximum five letters)|