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Notification of Intent (NOI) Guide

2013 NCE-Knowledge Mobilization (NCE-KM) initiative competition

 Notification of Intent (NOI) Form

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.


The NCE Steering Committee invites potential applicants to submit a Notification of Intent (NOI) for the 2013 NCE Knowledge Mobilization (NCE-KM) Competition.

The NCE-KM initiative is designed to further the application and mobilization of world-class research to benefit end users by supporting networking and collaboration between well-established researchers and knowledge users.

The 2013 NCE-KM Competition has three stages:

  1. Notification of Intent (NOI) – recommended but not mandatory
  2. Letter of intent (LOI);
  3. Full Application (FA).

This guide reflects the Notification of Intent stage. The NOI Guide must be used in conjunction with the NCE Program Guide and the NCE-KM Competition Guide

It is strongly recommended that every applicant submit an NOI because this stage of the competition will:

  • allow the NCE Secretariat to quickly assess the eligibility of: the applicant, the proposed Host Institution and the application;
  • allow the NCE Secretariat  to identify and contact participants for the webinar to be held between the NOI and LOI stages;
  • inform content and discussion points for the webinar;
  • provide background for the LOI and Full Application stages;
  • identify specific expertise required for adjudication.

The NCE-KM webinar will take place on November 30, 2012.

Guidelines for completing a Notification of Intent

NOI form (in PDF format)

The NOI form (fillable PDF format) is available on the NCE website at

All sections must be completed:

Section 1: Title of the proposed NCE-KM network

  • Title of the proposed NCE-KM network (in English and French) and Acronym

Section 2: Applicant Contact Information

  • Name, salutation, preferred language of correspondence
  • Position, Institution/Department
  • Address, City, Province, Postal Code at the Institution
  • Phone number, Extension, Email Address

Section 3: Applicant Eligibility

In the available space, provide details regarding the applicant’s eligibility to apply for this competition by virtue of meeting the eligibility criteria of at least one Tri-Council Agency.

Section 4: Host Institution Eligibility

  • Host Institution name
  • Whether the Host Institution is
    a) an eligible post-secondary institution; or
    b) an eligible private sector consortium.
  • In the case of a) provide the names of the Agency or Agencies under whose regulations Host eligibility has been confirmed.

    In the case of b) demonstrate that the proposed Host meets the financial, accounting and other requirements related to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Roles and Responsibilities in the Management of Federal Grants and Awards. This link will take you to another Web site
    (See Definitions and Host Institution eligibility in the 2013 NCE-KM Competition Guide).

Section 5: Application Eligibility

NCE–KM networks are expected to be multidisciplinary and to significantly involve key individuals in areas that fall under the domains of two or more of the three federal granting agencies.

In the available space, describe the disciplines from which knowledge producers and key individuals will be drawn and from whom important commitments of time will be required. Where appropriate, provide relevant Agency discipline codes.

Section 6: Overall Goal of the Proposed NCE-KM Network

In the available space, describe the overall goal of the proposed NCE-KM network.  The statement should reflect the added value that the network represents for Canada and the measurable achievement(s) that the network will accomplish by the end of the fourth year of funding. Achievements must align with the goal and objectives of the NCE-KM Initiative.

The deadline for submission of the NOI for the 2013 NCE-KM Competition is Tuesday, November 6, 2012. NOIs must be received at the offices of the NCE Secretariat by 4:30 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Number of copies

One USB stick with a PDF version of the NOI application form

Mailing Address

Networks of Centre of Excellence
NCE-KM Competition
16th Floor, mailroom
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5

The NCE Secretariat will confirm receipt within one week.


For more information, please contact Rick Schwartzburg, Senior Program Manager, or Chris Kelly, Program Officer:

Rick Schwartzburg: 613-943-7616;
Chris Kelly: 613-995-3080

Fax: (613) 992-7356