Research Tools and Instruments (RTI)

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Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: Inquire with Unit

External Deadline: Friday 25th, October 2019


A new process was established beginning September 2013 whereby Academic Units will be assuming the responsibility for institutional review and electronic submission of applications for the CIHR Project, CIHR Foundation, SSHRC Insight, SSHRC Insight Development, and NSERC Discovery and RTI Grants competitions.  Research Grant and Contract Services will no longer be completing the electronic submission for these grants, but will be supporting Academic Units in their review of applications as they may require. If you are intending on applying to any of these competitions, please contact your Grants Facilitation Officer, Associate Dean (Research) or equivalent unit signatory to obtain information on deadlines and processes for institutional review and electronic submission for your unit.

The RTI Grants Program provides the primary avenue for university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering to obtain up to $150,000 in support for research tools and instruments with a net cost between $7,001 and $250,000 (before taxes, customs and importation fees, transportation and shipping charges, and assembly and installation costs). Net cost represents the cost of the equipment after any discount from the vendor. Vendor discount must be free of conditions, restrictions, or limitations (e.g., cannot be offered in exchange for services from users benefiting the vendor company).

Researchers can submit one RTI application per competition, either as an applicant or a co‑applicant, but not as both. This requirement does not apply to Subatomic Physics applicants as their grant applications are reviewed and supported through a different multi-program envelope.

Full RTI Program Guidelines

Application Instructions

Application Portal (Replaces Form 101)

Canadian Common CV Instructions (Replaces Form 100)

Reminder regarding submitting a RTI Grant application requesting $150,000 ‐$250,000

For applications requesting funding >$150,000, confirmation of secured funding must be included in the application.

NSERC will accept applications for equipment whose total net cost is up to $250,000, provided that the applicant has secured, at the time of application submission to NSERC, the additional funding from other sources to bring the amount requested to $150,000 or less. Funding may come from a variety of sources.

English Sessions
Dates Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Time 1 to 3 p.m. (ET)
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Dates Thursday, August 15, 2019
Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Funding Sources

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Last modified: August 9, 2019