The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program supports the training of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that:

  • encourage collaborative and integrative approaches and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities; and
  • facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce.

Western Application Process

A yearly quota has been established for each university, and only researchers selected at their university can submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to NSERC. Western has implemented an internal review process to select applications which will be submitted to NSERC.

  • March 18, 2019: Deadline for submission of Western Internal LOIs
  • March 25-29, 2019: Review Panel meeting to adjudicate submitted LOIs
  • April 2, 2019: Review Panel decisions and feedback communicated to applicants
  • April 17, 2019: Revised LOI submitted to RDS for review; draft of institutional letter of support submitted to RDS for institutional approval and signature
  • April 26, 2019: ROLA and final LOI submitted to RDS
  • May 1, 2019: Submission of LOIs to NSERC at 2 PM
  • June: (Expected timeline) Invitations to selected applicants to submit full application
  • August 19, 2019: Draft application submitted to RDS for review, including draft of institutional letter of support and letters of support from collaborating non-academic organizations, if applicable.
  • September 16, 2019: ROLA and final application submitted to RDS
  • September 22, 2019: Submission of application to NSERC at 2PM

Internal LOIs and draft applications for review should be submitted to aogrady6@uwo.ca.

Program Objectives

Successful applicants will consist of a group of accomplished researchers who will work collaboratively to offer a defined research training program to a group of trainees. The research training experience should focus on providing an enriched training experience for graduate (master’s and doctoral) students. Undergraduate students and postdoctoral fellows can be supported and integrated into the training program, but must be justified.

The CREATE program promotes and furthers the development of new researchers within the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) disciplines, or at the interdisciplinary frontier between NSE and areas covered under the umbrella of SSHRC or CIHR if, by combining the strengths of the various disciplines, a greater impact is achieved for the trainees. Where appropriate, proposed initiatives could also encourage interaction with the users of research and future employers of the trainees, or contribute to providing additional opportunities for students to participate in exchanges at the national or international level.

New for 2018-2019 CREATE

  • Priority areas have been removed from the program

Documents and Resources


For more information, or questions relating to the CREATE program, please contact Alda O'Grady (519-661-2111 ext. 84620) or Nicole Kaniki (519-661-2111 ext. 87182)