The NSERC Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments Program accepts new grant applications submitted by researchers for review by the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section. The number of applications to this program is not restricted by university quotas set by NSERC.
|Type of Awards||Subatomic Physics - Research Tools and Instruments – Category 1
Subatomic Physics - Research Tools and Instruments – Category 2
Subatomic Physics - Research Tools and Instruments – Category 3
|Application Deadline||August 1 (Notification of Intent to Apply – Categories 2 and 3)
October 1 (Application – Categories 2 and 3)
October 25 (Application – Category 1)
|Application Procedure||See below|
|How to Apply||
To create or access a Notification of Intent to Apply or an application, select Research Portal.
To view instructions, select Instructions.
|For More Information||Consult the Contact list.|
The Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments (SAP-RTI) Program is intended for researchers undertaking research in the field of subatomic physics at a Canadian university.
Applications to the SAP-RTI Program are not subject to the selection process related to quotas NSERC provides to universities for RTI grant applications. University researchers undertaking research in the field of subatomic physics can submit SAP-RTI grant applications to the Subatomic Physics Grants competition independently of such quota-related selection process.
SAP-RTI grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of researchers in the field of subatomic physics at a Canadian university by supporting the purchase of research equipment and installations.
SAP-RTI grants are awards that assist buying or developing research equipment that costs more than $7,000.
SAP-RTI grants are divided into three categories, according to the total net cost of the equipment, i.e., excluding taxes, shipping and handling. These categories are:
Under Category 1, SAP-RTI grants are one-year awards. In exceptional cases, multi-year requests will be accepted. The onus is on the applicant to clearly explain the rationale. Under Categories 2 and 3, SAP-RTI grants are typically multi-year awards.
Regardless of the category, if the applicant is able to secure funding from other sources to complement the requested support from NSERC, this funding must be in place and confirmed at the time the application is submitted. Other sources may include contributions from NSERC Discovery Grants held by the applicant or co-applicants. The use of other types of NSERC grants is permitted, provided that prior written authorization is obtained from NSERC.
If requested, NSERC will pay all of applicable taxes, as well as all of the shipping and handling expenses.
SAP-RTI grants must be used only to purchase the specific type of equipment for which the grant was awarded. Grantees who wish to purchase equipment different from that specified in the application must obtain written permission from NSERC prior to its purchase. Grantees may, however, buy a model different from that requested in the application without prior NSERC approval.
NSERC will only accept applications for equipment that is purchased after the application deadline. All applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. Researchers should explore all possible avenues with the institution to cover the cost of equipment that is purchased before the application deadline (refer to the Residual Balances section in the Administrative Matters page of the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide).
|Type of Expenditures||
|Salaries and Benefits||Not eligible||Salaries and training costs of technical support personnel for the initial phase-in period of operations (up to two years)|
|Equipment or Facility||Purchase or rental||Purchase or rental|
|Travel||Not eligible||Travel costs to visit manufacturers to select equipment|
(transportation costs for purchased equipment, extended warranty, brokerage and customs charges for the importation of equipment and supplies)
Costs that are not eligible for all categories of SAP-RTI include:
More information on eligibility of costs can be found in the Use of Grant Funds page of the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.
Any application to the SAP-RTI Program is assessed on the basis of the five selection criteria listed below. Each criterion lists factors that will be considered. It is very important to keep in mind that all criteria are taken into account in the assessment of any SAP-RTI grant application. The onus is on the applicants to thoroughly address each criterion in their applications and provide detailed information to the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section. In particular, the criterion “Importance of the equipment for the training of highly qualified personnel” must be addressed.
For SAP-RTI – Category 2 and Category 3 grant applications, the following selection criterion is also taken into account:
Subatomic Physics – Research Tools and Instruments – Categories 1, 2 and 3
Only applications in the field of subatomic physics from applicants and co-applicants who currently hold or are applying for an NSERC research grant at the time of application will be accepted.
For all SAP-RTI grant applications, if a cash contribution towards the purchase of the equipment is provided by an organization (other than the applicant's institution), a letter is required from the organization confirming this commitment.
Letters from supporting organizations, if submitted, should clearly explain the support that the organizations will provide, such as their involvement in the research, their contribution (cash or in-kind) to the purchase and installation of the equipment, etc.
Applicants and co-applicants are required to complete and submit the NSERC version of the Canadian Common CV (CCV) as part of the required application stages for this program. In the case of SAP-RTI – Category 2 or Category 3 applications, the CCV can be updated between the time it is submitted with the NOI and the application deadline.
Subatomic Physics – Research Tools and Instruments – Category 1
To apply for a SAP-RTI – Category 1 grant, you must submit an application for a SAP-RTI – Category 1 grant by the deadline date.
Subatomic Physics – Research Tools and Instruments – Categories 2 and 3
The first step in applying to the SAP-RTI Program is to submit to NSERC a Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) for a SAP-RTI grant – Category 2 or Category 3 by the deadline date. The NOI is a mandatory step in the application process for Categories 2 and 3. It allows NSERC to determine the most appropriate review mechanism for the grant application. Researchers who do not submit an NOI will not be allowed to submit a full application.
You must then submit the application by the deadline date, through NSERC’s Research Portal.
A letter of support from the applicant’s head of department must accompany every SAP-RTI – Category 2 or Category 3 grant application. The letter must indicate the importance and priority that the department places on the proposed equipment and the extent to which the department proposes to provide support.
Applications for SAP-RTI – Category 3 grants must be accompanied by a letter of support from the university president or delegated representative indicating the importance and priority placed on the proposed equipment or facilities. The letter should explain the extent to which the university will provide support, such as the provision of space, financial contributions to the purchase and installation, the purchase of ancillary equipment, funding of technical support staff, etc.
All applications for SAP-RTI grants (Categories 1, 2, and 3) are reviewed by the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section. No external input is usually sought. The Section may request, however, expert input from individual referees, if necessary. Moreover, for SAP-RTI – Category 3 applications, the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section may also receive input from an expert ad hoc committee that would perform an on-site evaluation and review. Furthermore, according to the internal procedures of the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section, applicants submitting SAP-RTI – Category 3 applications may be invited to make oral presentations during the Large Project Day held every year by this Committee.
Conflicts of Interest
NSERC’s Guidelines on Conflict of Interest will be strictly applied throughout the review process.
SAP-RTI – Category 3 grants are typically multiyear awards. For grants whose amount is of $500,000 per year or higher (over the requested duration), the payment of the second and any subsequent yearly instalment is conditional on the submission of an annual activity report to NSERC. The submission deadline for this report is February 1. NSERC reserves the right to request an activity report for any SAP-RTI – Category 3, even for grants that are less than an average of $500,000 per year (over the requested duration).