Research Western

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Grants (RTI)

Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment and installations.

RTI Grants are one-year awards that assist buying or developing research equipment that costs more than $7,000.  In exceptional cases, multiple-year requests will be accepted.  The onus is on the applicant to clearly explain the rationale.  While the RTI Grants Program provides the primary avenue through which to obtain support for tools and instruments costing more than $7,000, equipment of any value can be purchased using a Discovery Grant.

Universities are provided with a quota for the number of RTI applications that they can submit to NSERC. This quota is based on the number of NSERC-funded researchers at the university. The university decides which applications to submit to NSERC.

Eligibility to Apply

In addition to NSERC’s Eligibility Criteria for faculty, applicants and co-applicants must each currently hold or be applying for an NSERC research grant (Discovery, Strategic Partnerships, Collaborative Research and Development, Canada Research Chairs, Canada Excellence Research Chair) at the time of application.

In the event the applicant is not successful in obtaining a Discovery Grant while concurrently applying to the RTI Program, each case will be reviewed to determine if there are ample funds from other NSERC research grants to conduct the research linked to the RTI request.


Western Application Process:

In order to put forward the highest quality applications for this year’s RTI competition (Fall 2015), Western will be accepting pre-applications for expert panel review to recommend the 25 applicants going forward to NSERC.

Date:                                What is Required?
September 1st, 2015  Pre-applicaton Due (Mandatory)  Click Here for the Western RTI Pre-Application Form
-All Western applicants must submit a 2 page summary and a Common CV for all applicants/co-applicants.
-All pre-applications with CCVs will be submitted to
September 25th, 2015 Western Expert Panel Review
-All pre-applications will be reviewed by the expert panel and recommendations made to ADRs
-All applicants will be notified by Monday September 28th, 2015 to confirm whether they were selected.
October 13th, 2015  Western Deadline for Application + ROLA (Mandatory)
-Selected applicants will be required to complete a ROLA proposal and;
-Email the complete PDF application (exported from the Research Portal) to
October 26th, 2015 NSERC Submission Deadline at 2PM
-Please note that the deadline will be extended to the next business day due to October 25th falling on a Sunday in 2015.


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