NSERC CREATE Programs (2023)


The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that:

  • encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities; and
  • facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce.

UBC has been very successful in setting up CREATE programs at UBC. Since 2011, UBC has received almost $20 million for its training initiatives – more than any other university nationwide.

UBC NSERC CREATE Programs (active)

Ecosystem Services, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (ECOSCOPE)

ECOSCOPE provides the training needed to translate environmental sequence information derived from studying microbial communities in natural and engineered ecosystems into commercial and entrepreneurial activities. Successful applicants who are admitted into a UBC graduate program participate in a collaborative network between multiple departments on the UBC campus spanning basic and applied science, receive trainee stipends, complete a team internship in a start-up environment, and are eligible for competitive travel prizes.

High-Dimensional Bioinformatics

This program provides collaborative research training and activities for graduate students that go beyond their classroom learning. Research areas range from the organization and management of data, the development of algorithms and software, and application of these approaches to questions in wide-ranging areas of biology. Students admitted to the Bioinformatics program in the Faculty of Science are eligible to apply for a trainee stipend, with additional funding and training opportunities available – including a three-month internship and a travel award.


The overall objective of the PRoTECT Program is to provide rigorous and comprehensive training on plant defence mechanisms against microbes and insects that is anchored on collaborative international research projects.

Training Our Future Ocean Leaders

With natural disasters increasingly affecting and displacing entire communities, scientists need to know how to navigate the delicate waters of climate communication with the public, government, and industry. The Training Our Future Ocean Leaders program will bring collaborators from across campus, non-profit and industrial sectors together to form a cross-disciplinary team which will equip trainees with the skills to examine how marine life and processes are connected to human behaviour and societal processes, preparing them to shape government and industry policy.

Designing for People (DFP)

DFP enables students studying in programs across UBC to work together to become leaders in a wide range of fields involving interactive technology design - by supplementing and honing their disciplinary knowledge with holistic design understanding, hands-on design experience and engagement in cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies

The Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies training program will officially launch in January 2020; it is set to become the world’s most multidisciplinary blockchain training path, providing students with next-generation tools and applications to address issues in FinTech, engineering and computer science, and information governance through its disciplinary streams. The program, which expects to train 139 students over six years, will focus on four primary sectors: health and wellness, clean energy, regulatory technology and indigenous issues. Notably, the initiative is supported by 15 industry partners from a wide range of sectors who will be offering students high-value internships in collaboration with Mitacs. Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. will be a flagship partner, providing funding to support research at the intersection of blockchain and healthcare.

The Living Data Project

The Living Data Project seeks to both preserve historical data and provide opportunities to graduate students. In an age of global change, historical data is invaluable in allowing us to track and predict the threat to our ecosystems. However, this data is itself prone to extinction. The Living Data Project is a nationwide initiative to preserve and breathe new life into legacy datasets in ecology, evolution and environmental science, and to train graduate students in best practices in data management, reproducible research, synthesis statistics and scientific collaboration.

Quantum Computing Program

This program, hosted by the Quantum Matter Institute at the University of British Columbia (UBC), is co-delivered by faculty at three BC universities (UBC, SFU and UVic) with collaboration from leading quantum hardware and software companies.

This unique training program will equip graduates with skills in both building quantum computing hardware and software. Students will acquire highly specialized technical expertise and commercial skills in both quantum computing hardware and software through a combination of hands-on workshops, research projects, industrial internships and professional development workshops to ensure job readiness among graduates pursing careers in the emerging quantum computing technologies sector.

Pacific Rim Ocean Data Mobilization and Technology (PRODIGY)

Information forthcoming soon...

UBC NSERC Create Programs (funding concluded)

Some programs may continue to provide funding from other sources even after the NSERC Create funding has concluded.

Biodiversity Research: Integrative Training & Education (BRITE)

The Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC) aims to train experts in the study of biodiversity and the application of biodiversity science. Graduate students whose supervisor is a BRC-affiliated faculty member can apply for funded, full-time internships with a non-governmental organization, government agency, or industry. BRITE internships are flexible, as they last from six weeks to three months and may be closely aligned with or unrelated to the student's research.

Engineers in Scrubs (EiS)

Designed to foster innovation in medical technology by training biomedical engineers in clinical environments, and developed to help engineers understand and appreciate the needs and uses of technology in health care, EiS helps biomedical engineers navigate the interfaces among engineering research, medical research, clinical practice, and product development. Students applying to the MASc or PhD in Biomedical Engineering or related fields are eligible; successful EiS students will follow a slightly modified curriculum and are eligible for the ten merit-based fellowship stipends available annually.

Isotopes for Science and Medicine (IsoSiM)

The Isotopes for Science and Medicine (IsoSiM) NSERC CREATE program was established by UBC and TRIUMF in response to the growing importance of applications of isotopes in a broad range of fields, from environmental science, preclinical medical research, and characterization of new materials, to investigations of the foundations of the universe. This is a collaborative program involving several UBC Departments and Faculties.

Joining IsoSiM gives you access to the world’s largest cyclotron at TRIUMF, mentorship from supervisors who have over 1000 peer-reviewed papers, and elite international exchanges with our industry partners in Germany. Apart from stipends, IsoSiM provides students with enriched training experiences in the production, preparation, and application of isotopes for science and medicine that is enhanced by individualized professional skills development plans and internships. IsoSiM’s interdisciplinary training and experiential learning activities will create the next generation of leaders in isotope-related activities.

Students applying to graduate programs in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the departments of Chemistry; Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Physics and Astronomy; and Radiology are eligible to apply for the IsoSiM scholarship.

Multidisciplinary Applied Geochemistry Network (MAGNET)

MAGNET addresses today’s research challenges in analytical, environmental and exploration geochemistry with a multidisciplinary approach. Trainees benefit from participation in high-impact research projects, mentorship from leading scientists, hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment, internships, networking, professional development training, and travel and research funding. Students must apply to and be accepted onto a project by a MAGNET-associated faculty member.

Nanomaterials Science & Technology (NanoMat)

NanoMat nurtures students to meet the growing demand for workers with strong knowledge and training in nanomaterials synthesis, characterization, and application, nanoscience instrumentation, and professional leadership skills. Trainees undertake interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects with a focus on alternative energy, the environment, or health, and receive outstanding hands-on training in nanomaterials research, professional development opportunities, and access to industry mentorship. Students applying to be supervised one of NanoMat’s Principle Investigators – across the faculties of Science, Applied Science, and Medicine – are eligible.

Quantum Electronic Science and Technology (QuEST)

QuEST gives students a broad technical basis and a well-rounded perspective of how their research in quantum materials can impact society through technology transfer to existing companies and to high-technology startups. In addition to working with cutting-edge researchers, competitively selected students interested in quantum materials and applying to graduate programs in Physics, Astronomy, and Chemistry receive funding comparable to major scholarships such as NSERC, as well as conference travel awards and opportunities for exchange/internship/research at a major user facility.

Silicon Electronic-Photonic Integrated Circuits (Si-EPIC)

Si-EPIC is designed to train students in the new discipline of information and communication technology systems that involves miniaturization of optical components onto silicon chips. Current and prospective students with supervisors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are eligible to apply for trainee stipends. In addition to funding, Si-EPIC students receive specialized training through design workshops, a nine-month design-fabrication-test cycle, internships, and professional development opportunities.

Sustainable Building Science Program (SBSP)

The SBSP aims to advance research that will develop buildings that are more sustainable from human, environmental, and economic perspectives. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows currently under the supervision of a SBSP research faculty member are eligible to apply for SBSP fellowships. Trainees complete internships in industry, receive funding from SBSP, and have access to the support of the interdisciplinary SBSP community.

Sustainable Synthesis (SusSyn)

SusSyn aims to prepare industry-ready graduates to contribute to Canadian made, globally competitive clean technologies and sustainable manufacturing solutions. SusSyn provides interdisciplinary training in catalysis research, with a particular focus on programs addressing waste generation, environmental compatibility, energy efficiency, and alternative energy sources. Trainees participate in three laboratory rotations, a monthly seminar series, an annual symposium, professional development courses, and an industrial internship of four to eight months in duration. Students applying to programs in Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Pharmacy are eligible.

Terrestrial Research on Ecosystems and World-wide Education & Broadcast

The goal of TerreWEB is to create an enriched, innovative, collaborative graduate training environment that addresses key scientific gaps in understanding the impacts of global change on terrestrial ecosystems and developing strategies for mitigation and adaptation, and evaluating the factors underlying global change communication deficits, developing novel communication strategies for addressing these deficits, and measuring the efficacy of those strategies.


How many times can you apply for NSERC? ›

You may submit a maximum of one scholarship (master's or doctoral) or fellowship application per academic year to either NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC.

How much is an NSERC grant? ›

Each award is valued at up to $30,000 over two years (up to $15,000 annually) and provides recipients with resources to build their research program.

Is NSERC a government? ›

NSERC is a departmental corporation of the Government of Canada created in 1978. It is funded directly by Parliament and reports to it through the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

What does NSERC fund? ›

DND and NSERC will provide funding for university-based research, research training and research-related activities carried out in collaboration with DND and Canadian-based partners only. The maximum value of the research grants that will be made available is normally limited to $500,000 per project.

What is the minimum GPA for NSERC? ›

NSERC requires a minimum average GPA of 2.67. This section will be assigned pre-determined scores.

How prestigious is NSERC? ›

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC USRA) These are prestigious national awards by the main research agency in Canada. They pay most of your salary, with the rest supplied by the supervisor who must have a NSERC research grant.

How many NSERC scholarships are awarded? ›

There is a total of 3,150 USRA allocations available each year from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and 95 each for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

How much is the average NIH grant? ›

Research Project Grants: Average Size
YearCurrent Dollars
2017$520,429[ 2017, 520429, 292124 ]
2018$535,239[ 2018, 535239, 292581 ]
2019$553,679[ 2019, 553679, 296947 ]
2020$566,744[ 2020, 566744, 298738 ]
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What expenses are eligible for NSERC Discovery grant? ›

Eligible expenses

Consulting fees. Maintenance and operating costs of equipment used for Agency-supported applied research. Materials, supplies and other consumables necessary to conduct the applied research. Small equipment to conduct the applied research.

What is the difference between NRC and NSERC? ›

NSERC's allocation supports the participation of university researchers, while NRC's funding enables the involvement of scientists from its research institutes.

Can you decline an NSERC? ›

All NSERC and SSHRC awards

Award recipients must accept or decline by sending an email to the appropriate program contact, stating whether they accept or decline, and confirming the start date.

Is NSERC federal funding? ›

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC; French: Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada, CRSNG) is the major federal agency responsible for funding natural sciences and engineering research in Canada.

Where does NIH grant money come from? ›

General public. One of the goals of the NIH is to "expand the base in medical and associated sciences in order to ensure a continued high return on the public investment in research." Taxpayer dollars funding NIH are from the taxpayers, making them the primary beneficiaries of advances in research.

Are NSERC scholarships taxable? ›

In Canada all scholarships (including SSHRC) are tax free. The Conservatives implemented that policy a few years back. You should get a T4A listing the scholarship amounts, which are entered on your tax return but not counted as taxable income.

What are the margins for NSERC discovery? ›

Margins must be set at a minimum of ¾" (1.87 cm); Your name must appear outside the set margins of the page, at the top right corner of every page; For multi-page attachments, pages must be numbered sequentially; and.

Is a 3.8 GPA Good Canada? ›

GPA above 3.5: Very good. GPA above 3.0: Good. GPA above 2.5: Satisfactory.

Is a 1.72 GPA good? ›

The answer is No. The national average for a GPA is around 3.0 and a 1.7 GPA puts you below that average.

What GPA is a 78 Canada? ›

LetterPercentage4.0 GPA
A-80 – 843.7
B+77 – 793.3
B73 – 763
B-70 – 722.7
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Which university gets most NIH funding? ›

Top 50 NIH-Funded Institutions of 2020
RankOrganization NameFunding & Awards
3University of California, Los Angeles$629,215,516 through 835 awards
2University of California, San Francisco$636,062,320 through 1,306 awards
1Johns Hopkins University$722,890,586 through 1,339 awards
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Sep 21, 2020

What is the hardest university program to get into in Canada? ›

The hardest undergraduate programs to get into in Canada include the Bachelor of Commerce at University of British Columbia, Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, Smith Bachelor of Commerce at Queen's University, Engineering Sciences at the University of Toronto and the McMaster University Bachelor of Health ...

Which universities receive the most NIH funding? ›

Top NIH Funding Recipients, 2021
  • Johns Hopkins University: $824,856,274.
  • New York University: $809,311,644.
  • Duke University: $731,237,450.
  • UC San Francisco: $709,018,244.
  • Leidos Biomedical Research: $653,182,427.
  • University of Pennsylvania: $641,789,096.
  • Washington University: $623,444,643.
  • Stanford University: $611,354,637.
Feb 15, 2022

How rare is it to get a full scholarship? ›

Less than 1 percent of students get full ride scholarships, showing just how difficult it is to earn one. However, with the right background, proper planning and by knowing where to look, your chances of landing a full ride scholarship can increase.

How much is NSERC graduate stipend? ›

Funding is provided by NSERC. For graduate students, the NSERC CREATE annual stipend is: $21,000 for PhD students and $17,500 for MSc students.

Is an R01 a big deal? ›

The R01 Grant

Funding for this grant category is extremely competitive; while NIH funds approximately 20% of grant applications, only 10% of R01 grants are funded. Grants are typically for 3-5 years and can be renewed.

Are NIH grants hard to get? ›

NIH grants are extremely competitive, so you're more likely to find success if you pursue other organizations first. Importantly, securing smaller grants may give you the funding you need to conduct preliminary research and gather the data you'll need to ultimately convince the NIH to support your work.

How competitive are NIH grants? ›

Our success rate for new research project grants (RPGS) fell from 20.6% in FY 2020 to 19.1% in FY 2021. We calculate success rates by dividing the number of awards made in a FY by the number of applications received; applications having one or more amendments in the same fiscal year are only counted once.

Does NIH allow stipends? ›

8.2 Stipends. Trainees generally are supported for 12-month full-time training appointments for which they receive a stipend. A stipend is not considered compensation for the services expected of an employee. as a subsistence allowance to help defray living expenses during the research training experience.

Are memberships allowed on NIH grants? ›

Membership dues to a non-federal award are allowable provided the expense meets the tests of reasonableness, allowability and allocability. If the cost can be justified as necessary for the conduct of the award and is not specifically disallowed by the sponsor, it could be charged directly to a non-federal sponsor.

Is cost sharing allowed on NIH grants? ›

As with costs directly charged to the sponsor, allowable cost sharing must be reasonable, allocable, and consistent with the terms of the award. Examples of unallowable cost sharing include: Alcoholic beverages. Faculty salary on NIH awards over the prescribed NIH cap.

Is USRA NSERC a prestigious award? ›

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) Is the most prestigious undergraduate research award in Canada, and provides the awardee with financial support to conduct research in a host lab in the summer prior to joining a graduate program.

Can you get NSERC and OGS? ›

Students cannot hold an OGS award in the same term (overlapping) or in the same award year as a scholarship from SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, QEII-GSST, or another OGS. Students cannot receive payment from two OGS awarded in consecutive years in the same term.

Can you apply for both CIHR and NSERC? ›

You cannot be concurrently holding another CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC award, with the exception of the Michael Smith Foreign Studies supplement (MSFSS). The agencies reserve the right to interpret and enforce the policies and guidelines for their funding opportunities set out in their published materials.

How to write a proposal for NSERC? ›

place the research within the context of what is currently happening in the field; • summarize relevant prior work in the field; • articulate the goals; • describe a research plan and methodology; • indicate why the research is useful or important; and • provide a progress report on work accomplished with previous ...

Does NSERC require an official transcript? ›

As such, for the fall 2022 deadline, NSERC will not reject applications for including unofficial transcripts in lieu of official transcripts. You should be aware of the following: Electronic transcripts provided by an institution's registrar's office are considered by NSERC to be official transcripts.

Do you need an official transcript for NSERC? ›

Transcripts. It is important that students obtain all of their required university transcripts as soon as possible in order to complete Part 1 of NSERC's online application process: An up-to-date official transcript from the home university is required (showing Fall 2022 grades + listing of Winter 2023 courses)

What type of organization is NSERC? ›

NSERC is a Canadian government agency that provides grants for research in the natural sciences and in engineering.

How many employees does NSERC have? ›

510 employees

Is NSERC tri Council? ›

The Tri-agency Guide on Financial Administration was recently revised to reflect the participation of all three granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada ( ...

What is the most funded research? ›

Top 15 NIH-funded disease areas
The top 15 NIH-funded disease areas
Disease areaFY 2012 (millions)FY 2015 (est. in millions)
1. Cancer$5,621$5,418
2. Infectious diseases$3,867$5,015
3. Brain disorders$3,968$3,799
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What is NIH grant success rate? ›

NIH Grants by the Numbers

Extramural researchers submitted 55,038 applications. NIH funded 11,332 grants, leading to a 20.6 percent success rate.

Do taxpayers fund the NIH? ›

Our Stories. NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $30 billion in taxpayer dollars to achieve its mission to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

Do I have to declare scholarship money as income? ›

Generally, you report any portion of a scholarship, a fellowship grant, or other grant that you must include in gross income as follows: If filing Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR, include the taxable portion in the total amount reported on Line 1a of your tax return.

Does Box 105 count as income? ›

Do I have to report this income on my return? Only the part of the total of all the amounts you received in 2022 (box 105 of your T4A slips) that is more than $500. Only the part of the total of all amounts you received in 2022 (box 105 of your T4A slips) that is more than $500.

Can living expenses while on scholarship be deducted? ›

In addition to required tuition and fees, the credit applies to other expenses like books, supplies and equipment, but not room, board, transportation expenses or medical insurance.

What GPA do you need for NSERC? ›

NSERC requires a minimum average GPA of 2.67. This section will be assigned pre-determined scores.

How much is NSERC Discovery Grant worth? ›

Each award is valued at up to $30,000 over two years (up to $15,000 annually) and provides recipients with resources to build their research program.

Can you apply for a scholarship multiple times? ›

Can you apply for multiple scholarships? Absolutely! There is no reason why you cannot apply for many scholarships at one time. In fact, the more scholarships you can apply for, the more chances you have to line your pockets with free money!

How many scholarships can I apply for at once? ›

If you are applying for NSP scholarships then you cannot apply for two scholarships at a time as this is one of criteria for the nsp that you can avail any other scholrship if you are taking one of the scholarship.

How many times can you apply to SSHRC? ›

Applicants may submit only one fellowship or scholarship application to SSHRC in a given academic year. In addition, applicants may submit only one fellowship or scholarship application in each academic year to either SSHRC, CIHR or NSERC.

What are 3 college expenses that scholarships can pay for? ›

DOOR scholarships can be used to cover a portion of the following costs:
  • Tuition, registration, and additional fees.
  • Room and board.
  • Books and supplies.
  • Health insurance fees.
  • Transportation or travel expenses.

What happens if you win too many scholarships? ›

What happens to leftover scholarship money. If you earned scholarships and grants that add up to more than your total cost of attendance, your school may send you a refund of the leftover scholarship money. Keep in mind, you may have to pay taxes on that amount.

Can you use scholarship money to buy a car? ›

Buying a car to drive to and from campus is an expense that many college students incur. Unfortunately, it's not one that can be covered by scholarship money. Because your car can be used for so many different things — like travel, recreation, and commuting to work — a car payment is considered a personal expense.

Which scholarship gives the most money? ›

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What happens if I apply for two scholarships? ›

If awarded any other scholarship/stipend, the student can exercise his/her option for either of the two scholarships/stipends, which is more beneficial to him/her and should inform the awarding authority through the Head of the Institution about the option exercised.

Is it okay to apply a lot of scholarships? ›

The more scholarships you apply for, the better you'll be at writing those essays and cover letters, and the more experienced you'll be at interviews. Go all out for it! Apply for however many scholarships you qualify for—the more you apply for, the better your odds of getting a scholarship.

Do you have to pay back SSHRC? ›

If you use your grant funds to pay expenditures contrary to SSHRC's policy, you will have to repay the grant account or SSHRC. Fraudulent use of SSHRC funds will be referred to the appropriate legal authorities.

How is SSHRC paid out? ›

Award holders will have their instalments converted to the currency of the bank account indicated on the Payee and Direct Deposit Enrolment Form. *NSERC and SSHRC postdoctoral fellowships with a start date before April 1, 2022 are paid directly to the award holder.

How many SSHRC scholarships are awarded? ›

From April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, SSHRC received 13,900 funding applications and awarded more than 5,300 new grants and fellowships.


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