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Published on March 11, 2008

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Nuclear Energy R&D Funding Initiatives @ NSERC:  Nuclear Energy R&D Funding Initiatives @ NSERC André Isabelle Research Partnerships Slide2:  We invest in: USING NEW KNOWLEDGE Partnerships of universities with industry and other sectors for project research WORKING IN ALL AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and some university faculty Our goal is Canadian excellence in: CREATING KNOWLEDGE Research Grants for basic research in the universities We do this through peer-reviewed competitions in three programs Vision and Mission Productive use of new knowledge in all sectors of the economy and society Competitive research in science and engineering, providing access to new knowledge from around the world Highly skilled, well educated and capable of lifelong learning innovation discovery people EXCELLENCE Prosperity and high quality of life for Canadians Science and Engineering Research Canada Slide3:  Source: Statistics Canada Total: $4.1 Billion University R&D Funding in the Natural Sciences and Engineering, 2004 Three Key Elements of NSERC:  Discovery Grants (Discovery): NSERC supports the research of more than 10,000 university professors Research Partnerships (Innovation): 1,300+ partner firms since 1983 73 of Canada’s Top 100 R&D firms Average of 100 new firms every year Training (People): NSERC supports about 17,000 science and engineering students earning Master’s and Ph.D. degrees Three Key Elements of NSERC Slide5:  NSERC Budget 2005-06 (millions of dollars) Total: $865 NSERC Budget 2005-06 (millions of dollars) Slide6:  Research Partnerships Programs GOAL: To maximize the benefits of university research to Canada Link universities with the public and private sectors through collaborative research projects Expose students to challenges and opportunities in both industry & government Stimulate investment in research Slide7:  Early stage research with potential for breakthrough discoveries Active involvement of non-academic participants essential but no cash required Target areas of national importance and emerging areas of potential significance Annual competition (April 18 deadline) / success rate circa 25% Average award $400K over 3 years, average team of 3 to 4 faculty plus collaborators Strategic Project Grants (SPG) Slide8:  Seven New Target Areas Advanced Communications and Management of Information Biomedical Technologies Competitive Manufacturing and Value-Added Products and Processes Healthy Environment and Ecosystems Quality Foods and Novel Bioproducts Safety and Security Sustainable Energy Systems Slide9:  Collaborative R&D Grants (CRD) Main vehicle for Canadian based firms to work with university researchers At any point in the R&D spectrum Support well-defined, focused projects with specific short- to medium-term objectives, or Discrete phases in longer-range research programs Require signed research agreement between university and industrial partner Slide10:  Collaborative R&D Grants (CRD) 1 to 5 years duration, usually 3 years Average NSERC grant $55,000 per year Industry responsible for at least 1/2 costs & must be able to exploit results Flexible leverage: cash and in-kind 80-85% success rate No fixed deadlines Slide11:  Industrial Partners Use Results from an NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant Updating knowledge Training of HQP Improvement in product quality Access to new ideas Prototypes or pilot processes Improvement in productivity Improvement of products or processes New products or processes Nuclear Research Project Grants:  Nuclear Research Project Grants Collaborative Research and Development Grants 11 active grants over periods of 2-4 years in length $1.7M NSERC funds $1.3M industry funds Strategic Project Grants 4 active 3-year grants $1.4M NSERC funds Universities (n=11) Alberta, École Polytechnique, Guelph, Lakehead, Manitoba, McGill, McMaster, New Brunswick, Ottawa, Royal Military College, Saskatchewan Industrial Partners AECL, Cameco, CANDU Owners Group, Cogema, Ontario Power Generation, UNENE Slide13:  Prestigious appointment of a distinguished researcher Industry provides 50% of cost in cash Initial appointment is for 5 years (renewable) Currently over 120 active faculty positions A significant university research program is established or enhanced in area of interest to industry / must be incremental Industrial Research Chairs Slide14:  NSERC offers three types of IRCs: Senior Industrial Research Chairs for distinguished senior researchers (five-year appointment, renewable); Associate Industrial Research Chairs for early stage researchers demonstrating exceptional promise (five-year appointment, renewable once); and Executive Industrial Research Chairs for senior outstanding R&D professionals from Industry (five-year appointment, non-renewable). Industrial Research Chairs Nuclear Industrial Research Chairs:  Nuclear Industrial Research Chairs Nuclear Materials and Chemistry R. Holt, Queen’s University D. Lister, University of New Brunswick R. Newman, University of Toronto M. Pettigrew, École Polytechnique D. Shoesmith, University of Western Ontario C. Wren, University of Western Ontario Reactor Operations J. Jiang, University of Western Ontario J. Luxat, McMaster University M. Pandey, University of Waterloo Radiation Effects D. Boreham, McMaster University C. Seymour, McMaster University (with UNENE) Nuclear Industrial Research Chairs:  Nuclear Industrial Research Chairs Scholarships and Fellowships Programs with Industry:  Scholarships and Fellowships Programs with Industry Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) in Industry Industrial Post-Graduate Scholarships (IPS) Industrial Research Fellowships (IRF) Direct Student Funding in Nuclear Sector:  Direct Student Funding in Nuclear Sector Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships 6 current students with 2-year scholarships $15k NSERC funds per student per annum $6k minimum industry funds per student per annum Undergraduate Student Research Awards in Industry 10 current students with 4-month awards $4,500 NSERC funds per student $1,125 minimum industry funds per student Special Initiatives:  Special Initiatives Science and math education K to 12 PromoScience Design Engineering Chairs and Network Women in Science and Engineering Chairs College Community Innovation Program Support for International Collaboration:  Support for International Collaboration Freedom for PI’s to travel to visit colleagues abroad and bring visitors to Canada Support for workshops to explore international collaboration NSERC Council examining International Science Policy - may yield new mechanisms and support

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