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Supplementary Data on Budget 2012 Implementation

Savings Measures for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Program Activity ($ thousands) 2012-13 2013-14 and ongoing
1.1 Promote Science and Engineering 0 0
1.2 Support Students and Fellows 0 0
1.3 Attract and Retain Faculty
Unused funds in the Canada Research Chairs program resulting from Chairs being temporarily vacant were cut. The impact of the reduction will be on the Research Tools and Instruments program where these funds had been used in the past.
7,500 15,000
2.1 Fund Basic Research 0 0
2.2 Support for Research Equipment and Major Resources
The budget for the Major Resources Support program was decreased.
1,850 3,700
3.1 Fund Research in Strategic Areas 0 0
3.2 Funding University-Industry-Government Partnerships
The number of future new Networks of Centres of Excellence will be reduced in upcoming competitions.
3,305 6,610
3.3 Support Commercialisation 0 0
4.1 Internal Services
NSERC reduced its internal operating budget through reducing positions and achieving efficiencies.
2,345 4,690
Total 15,000 30,000

New Investments for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Program Activity ($ thousands) 2012-13 2013-14 and ongoing
1.1 Promote Science and Engineering 0 0
1.2 Support Students and Fellows 0 0
1.3 Attract and Retain Faculty 0 0
2.1 Fund Basic Research 0 0
2.2 Support for Research Equipment and Major Resources 0 0
3.1 Fund Research in Strategic Areas 2,000 2,000
3.2 Funding University-Industry-Government Partnerships 10,747 10,803
3.3 Support Commercialisation 1,000 1,000
4.1 Internal Services 1,253 1,197
Total 15,000 15,000

The Government of Canada reinvested $15 million this year in support of the Strategy for Partnerships and Innovation, making the net impact on NSERC’s overall budget neutral for 2012–13. It also announced $12 million per year in ongoing funding to make the Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) program permanent.

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