The technical society that was
assigned to me was the NSERC, which stands for the natural sciences and
engineering council. So explaining more about this society, NSERC is an agency
which is owned by the government of Canada , which has a job to provide help in
the natural sciences and engineering fields. Most of the support they provide
is grants to help in getting the best out of these to fields. NSERC was created
in May 1, 1978 . Some types of grants that the NSERC offers are: discovery grants
program which has a great influence in natural sciences and engineering since
these grants help in discovering the creativity and innovation in them. Also
awards are offered for researches that make a great impact in the field they
are working on, some of the awards that exceptional researchers get are: NSERC
Doctoral Prizes, Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in
Science and Engineering. As a result, NSERC was found to bring greatness to
Canada and Canadians by making them the best in inventors and discoverers .
their website is http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/index_eng.asp for people that look to join.
Terms and conditions:
When applying for a grant or
scholarship you need to make sure to satisfy these points tp get excepted,
including some of these points would be:
have provided all true and fully information about your funding application and
documents which are related to that, also information about yourself, the
research your trying to get funding for, your achievements that you have
reached in the past.
it was not an individual research which you have worked on by yourself, and
it’s a group search, then you should ensure that others should be on the
application with their agreement.
should make sure that you have read and agreed to comply with the Tri-Agency
Framework which is responsible conduct of research, both when submitting your
application and afterwards when carrying out with the research that has been
funded by the NSERC.
should make sure that you understand the Access to Information Act and the
Privacy Act , and the Use and Disclosure of Personal Information Provided to
NSERC as they pertain to your information.
NSERC will provide direct funding to eligible
researchers to participate in natural sciences and engineering research falling
under SDG9 and SDG13 topics only. The maximum amount available per project is
$100,000 annually for two or three years.
Through the secretariat on responsible
conduct of research, allegations of breaches of agency policies are received
and reviewed in accordance with the RCR framework. NSERC monitors adherence to
the Institutional Agreement as part of its regular monitoring reviews.
Applications involving the use of human pluripotent stem cells that are partly
approved for funding, is going to be given to the Stem Cell Oversight Committee
“SCOC” of CIHR. Other researches that include animals are defined in the
Institutional Agreement as being a vertebrate for example mammals, birds,
The President and the Council Chair are
responsible for final decisions related to the application of the NSERC Code.
Members may seek assistance from the Corporate Secretary in interpreting the
Code as necessary. The Corporate Secretary in turn, may seek advice from the
Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and/or seek advice
from legal counsel and senior management. The NSERC Code may cover situations
and requirements with respect to the ethics, conduct and integrity expected of
members not necessarily covered by the Conflict of Interest Act.
councils role is that he collectively represents the academic and private
sector Research and Development (R) communities in natural
sciences and engineering, as well as other stakeholder groups in the Canadian
innovation system. The Council’s main responsibilities are to set the strategy
and high level policies for NSERC, and to advise on the activities and
directions of the organization. The Council works to achieve the maximum
strategic impact for Canada from the expenditure of public funds, and to
advance Canada’s research and development agenda. The specific roles and
responsibilities of the Council are set out in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Act and the Council Profile
Council approves funding allocations to broad program areas for grants,
scholarships and fellowships. The responsibility for reviewing funding
applications rests with various NSERC selection committees. Members are not
normally involved in these reviews. However, members may be asked, on an
exceptional basis, to recommend funding on certain awards to the President.
Members may also be asked to Chair or be members of special, advisory or
standing committees (for prizes, for example, or ad hoc policy committees).
Members are appointed as individuals; they are not
the advocates or representatives of their disciplines nor are they the
delegates of any organization. However, members may be recipients of NSERC
awards, senior administrators of universities that benefit from NSERC support,
or officers or employees of companies that may partner with NSERC.
Council’s programs are delivered within clear and formally documented
frameworks that are well known and understood by clients and staff. To make
sure that only excellent research is funded, and that all applicants are
treated fairly, funding decisions are based on international peer review. Peer
review involves the assessment of the merit of applications by impartial
experts in the specific field. The diagram below illustrates NSERC’s
peer review process.
practice of basing all decisions regarding the awarding of grants or
scholarships on the results of a thorough assessment of detailed proposals by
experts in the field is fundamental to NSERC’s values, risk management,
stewardship and accountability. In early 2007, this system was recognized by
the Independent Blue Ribbon Panel on Grant and Contribution Programs,
established by the President of the Treasury Board Secretariat, as ” a
well-developed system of peer review-based research grants that has been
generally praised by the recipients of this funding” (From Red Tape to
Clear Results, December 2006, page 7)
The society’s structure and
administration is built upon this executive team, which is made out of 7 people
Mario pinto” which is NSERC President.
”Dr. pierre charest” , the vice-president
and Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate.
3. ”Kevin Fitzgibbons”, Executive
Director, Corporate Planning and Policy Division.
4. ”Dr. Marc Fortin”, Vice-President,
Research Partnerships Directorate.
5. ”Alfred LeBlanc” ,Vice-President, Communications, Corporate and
International Affairs Directorate.
6. ”Jean Saint-Vil ”,Associate Vice-President, NCE.
7. ”Patricia Sauvé-McCuan”,Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President
Common Administrative Services Directorate (CASD)
Engineering is concerned with
the application of knowledge for practical purposes, wealth creation and
quality of life. It is recognized that engineering is very broad and includes a
wide range of research areas. Research in engineering ranges from the creation
of fundamental new knowledge through to novel design or innovative approaches
to improve existing processes, products and services capable of major
improvements in performance. The same is often true for research in the applied sciences.
The indicators of excellence
and contributions to research in engineering and the applied sciences reflect
the different nature of that research and may be significantly different from
those in the natural sciences. Specific guidelines have been issued by NSERC
for use by the research community in preparing applications and by selection
committees and panels that review applications in these areas.