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 20, 2018: Deadline for submission of Western internal LOIs
  • April 2-6, 2018: Review Panel meeting to adjudicate submitted LOIs
  • April 6, 2018: Review Panel decisions and feedback communicated to applicants
  • April 20, 2018: Revised LOI submitted to RDS; draft of institutional letter of support submitted to RDS for institutional approval and signature
  • April 26, 2018: ROLA and final LOI submitted to RDS
  • May 1, 2018: Submission of LOIs to NSERC at 2 PM
  • June: (Expected timeline) Invitations to selected applicants to submit full application
  • August 17, 2018: Draft application submitted to RDS, including draft of institutional letter of support and letters of support from collaborating non-academic organizations, if applicable.
  • September 7, 2018: ROLA and final application submitted to RDS
  • September 22, 2018: Submission of application to NSERC at 2PM

Internal LOIs and draft and final applications should be submitted to amartin3@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.

To build on Canada’s research strengths and priorities, and to enhance our success, at least 60 percent of the CREATE funding will be directed toward the following NSERC priority areas:

  • Environmental science and technologies
  • Natural resources and energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Information and communications technologies

New for 2017-2018 CREATE

  • The coordinator salary is now eligible for the grant's duration (six years)
  • The full application will now include a listing of program deliverables

Documents and Resources


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