NSF Global Centres Bioeconomy

Aboriginal Peoples
Arctic and Northern Regions
Community, Regional & Enterprise Development
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Governance and Public Policy
Information and Communication Technology
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: inquire with unit

Memorial Deadline: Thursday 6th, June 2024

External Deadline: Tuesday 11th, June 2024


RIS will be offering support with application development for this opportunity. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Jennifer Stevens (v5js@mun.ca) or Dr. Amanda Crompton (ajcrompt@mun.ca) early during the development process to discuss the services available to them.

The Government of Canada, through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), is pleased to join a new edition of the US National Science Foundation (NSF)-led Global Centres initiative focused on the bioeconomy.

Through the 2024 competition, Canada, along with other international partners, will support international, interdisciplinary collaborative research centres to foster cutting-edge breakthroughs in the bioeconomy. These centres will develop use-inspired research to address global challenges facing humanity in sectors of the global economy such as agriculture, health, security, manufacturing, energy, and the environment.

Canada is a global leader in many aspects of the bioeconomy, including access to and use of biomass for advanced bioproducts and innovative solutions, forestry and agriculture, food and cultural sovereignty, and sustainable resource management. Canada brings a skilled and knowledgeable workforce in these areas. Canada’s engagement of Indigenous researchers, communities, and organizations greatly enhances research in the bioeconomy by incorporating traditional Indigenous knowledge and unique expertise. Research in the natural sciences, engineering, social and behavioural sciences, and the humanities, in collaboration with international expertise, will help Canada leverage its expertise and resources.

Through a lead agency model, the US Principal Investigator (PI) will submit a single collaborative proposal on behalf of the research team, which will undergo a review process by NSF, the lead agency. In parallel, Canadian researchers on the team must submit a simplified application to NSERC. Eligible Canadian researchers may receive funding from NSERC and SSHRC, while international researchers from the US, Finland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and/or the UK may receive funding from their respective funding agencies.

NSERC and SSHRC will offer joint information sessions on the NSF Global Centres initiative. Please find below the information for the upcoming sessions:

English session

Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EST)

French sessions

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EST)

Applications must be submitted by June 11, 2024. Please read the funding opportunity description for more details. Additional information is also available on the NSF Global Centres Program Solicitation page.

Funding Sources

National Science Foundation
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: March 15, 2024