NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program – Phase 1

Aboriginal Peoples
Arctic and Northern Regions
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Information and Communication Technology
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: Inquire with your unit

Memorial Deadline: Friday 19th, March 2021

External Deadline:



NSERC has confirmed that Memorial University will have a quota for a maximum of four (4) applications that may be endorsed at the LOI stage to go forward for the NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program opportunity.

To this end, there will be an internal submission process through Research Grant & Contract Services (RGCS) PRIOR TO THE NSERC DEADLINE to facilitate the selection of LOI’s to go forward (see below).

If you are intending to submit an LOI for internal committee consideration as part of MUN’s quota, please initiate a discussion with your Associate Dean (Research) and Grants Facilitator as soon as possible. As this program is intended to support training programs which are self-sustaining beyond the period of the grant it is critical that faculty are in support of the program being proposed.

SIRI will be offering additional support to those applicants selected through Memorial’s internal process. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Jennifer Stevens (v5js@mun.ca) in advance of the internal deadline for preliminary discussions regarding their LOI.


Phase 1 – Registration (required) Deadline: Friday, March 19, 2021:

For the purpose of establishing an internal review committee, interested applicants are required to provide the following information:

– List of names of the Principal Investigator and all internal (Memorial) co-applicants
– Title of the Project
– A 100-word description of the Project

Please forward to Research Grant and Contract Services by email via rgcs@mun.ca – Subject Line: NSERC CREATE – Registration

As per previous competitions, individuals may be involved as an Applicant or Co-applicant on a maximum of 2 CREATE projects (eg. one awarded project plus the current application, or two proposed applications), and an individual can only be the Applicant on one application in a given competition. Where an individual is involved in two (2) CREATE projects, the projects must be distinct from each other.

Phase 2- LOI for Internal Review (required) Deadline: Friday, April 9, 2021:

Phase 3- Review/Approval of Finalized LOI (selected applicants only) Deadline April 23, 2021:

NSERC CREATE Program Information

Program information for 2021 competition is currently being updated to the NSERC website **Please check back to the site for updates (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/Grants-Subs/CREATE-FONCER_eng.asp). We encourage potential applicants to read this as well as the following instructions:

LOI – Form 187 Instructions
CREATE Frequently Asked Questions

Some important updates from 2021:

1. COVID-19 – Applicants should discuss the COVID-19 impacts and mitigation strategies (LOI and Application). Please refer to NSERC’s Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on research: New guidelines for NSERC’s community website.
2. Phase 1: Letter of Intent – Excellence of Proposed Team (New: max 3 pages) – Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) – Guide for Applicants

NSERC: CREATE@nserc-crsng.gc.ca telephone: 613-943-1363

For queries relating to program/content of your LOI application, please contact your Grants Facilitator.

For queries on the internal review process, please contact Louise Green, Grants Coordinator via email louiseg@mun.ca or Sheri Collins, Grants Coordinator via email sjcollins@mun.ca


Funding Sources

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: March 2, 2021