Western Strategic Support for NSERC Success

Program  Overview: Jointly funded by the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and the researcher’s Faculty, the Western Strategic Support (WSS) for NSERC Success program offers three funding opportunities identified as Seed, Bridge and Accelerator grants. These grants are targeted at researchers who are not currently holding external NSERC funding or are preparing to submit to a larger NSERC grant. The intent of these grants is to offer critical, one-time funding to support an individual investigator’s research activities for the subsequent development of strong, competitive submissions to external, peer-reviewed research sponsors.

  • The WSS-NSERC Seed Research Grant is targeted to eligible early career researchers, who are within three years of the start date of their first eligible academic research appointment at Western (typically a probationary appointment) and who typically have little prior academic or non-academic independent research experience as a Principal Investigator. (Maximum value $25,000 for one year)
  • The WSS-NSERC Bridge Research Grant is targeted to established researchers who have been recently funded by NSERC; however, no longer hold a NSERC grant. Within one year prior to this application deadline, researchers must have unsuccessfully applied to an external NSERC competition. (Maximum value $25,000 for one year)
  • The WSS-NSERC Accelerator Research Grant is targeted to mid-career and senior researchers currently holding a NSERC grant. The purpose of this funding is to accelerate the initial stages of the research program by leveraging the existing external NSERC support and allowing researchers to “make the leap” to higher NSERC grant values. (Maximum value $50,000 for one year)

Deadlines:
Faculty Research Office:  1 week prior to agency deadline (2-3 weeks if you wish feedback on your application – submit to Karen Kueneman)
Research Development & Services Deadline: October 10th, 2016
Presentations by Researchers to Review Committee: November 2016
Results available by:  December 2016

NOTE: Matching funds are required for this program. Please contact your Associate Dean Research, Assistant Dean Research or Director of Research well in advance of the deadline to secure matching funds.

More information and applications…

Contact: For more information, or questions relating to the Western Strategic Support for NSERC success please contact:  Ryan Salewski (ryan.salewski@uwo.ca  or x86801)

 photo credit: Yukon River flowing north via photopin (license)

About the Author

Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall

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