NSERC 2012 Shiptime Competition - Funding Opportunity

Monday, September 19, 2011 All day

The Ship Time (ST) Program allows NSERC Discovery Grant holders to apply for additional funds to access vessels in support of their research programs.

Important Dates

Internal Deadline:  September 28, 2011
Sponsor Deadline:  October 1, 2011

Who Can Apply

Generally, those eligible to apply for NSERC funding hold (or have a firm offer of) an academic appointment such as: tenured, tenure-track or lifetime professor emeritus, or a term/contract position of no less than three years. If you have questions about NSERC’s or UofT’s eligibility rules, please contact us. If you have questions about your appointment, please contact your department chair.

Applicants must hold a Discovery Grant to be eligible to receive a Ship Time grant, and intend to use a vessel for their research in the coming years. It applies to: the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) vessels, undersea vehicles operated by the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility or other similar research platforms, and any other Canadian or foreign vessels crewed in conformance with the Canada Shipping Act.

Value of Funding

The normal duration of the grant is one year, although two-year grants will be considered in exceptional circumstances, where the project completion requires a firm commitment of funding for more than one year.   Applicants may apply for more than one vessel at a time. Should the two vessels be part of the same project (e.g., a remotely operated vehicle and a support vessel), only one application is to be submitted.

Funds are to be used as described in the application submitted to NSERC.

How to Apply

For each project requiring access to a vessel, please submit one original of the following documents (except in cases where the vessel is combined with a remotely operated vehicle):

  • Application for a Grant (Form 101), Ship Time;
  • Personal Data Form (Form 100) for the applicant and co-applicants. If the chief scientist is not the applicant or co-applicant, he/she should be identified and the Form 100 for the chief scientist must also be included;
  • Quotation for all vessels to be used (including DFO and non-DFO);
  • Additional material, as required.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a short report immediately following the completion of the expedition, highlighting specific accomplishments in relation to the original objectives, which will be a factor in the evaluation of your next Ship Time proposal. The cruise report should outline and address the following:

  • Vessel used;
  • Type of cruise (i.e., dedicated, joint, opportunity, shared);
  • Cruise start/end dates;
  • Cruise location (a cruise track or map would be helpful);
  • Cruise objectives;
  • Objectives and/or other work accomplished;
  • Time lost due to weather;
  • Problems encountered (e.g., degree of satisfaction with research platform);
  • Amount and type of data collected; and
  • Plans for scientific analysis and publication.

How Applications are Reviewed

Applications are evaluated by the Ship Time Allocation Committee according to the following criteria

  • Need for ship time
  • Scientific excellence
  • Urgency/opportunity
  • Need for funds (cost)
  • Effective use of previous ship time allocations (if applicable)

What Does Research Services Require

The following documents must be submitted to Research Services on or before September 28, 2011 as these will be the basis for e-approving the online application:

A completed RIS form with all required signatures from the department and division (i.e., unit head or one-up, Vice Principal-Research (UTM/UTSC), Vice Dean-Research and/or Dean, as applicable).

Any additional documentation required to support your NSERC eligibility (e.g., letter of appointment, and, where applicable, Form 100 Appendices B and/or C) and that of your UofT co-applicants who hold irregular appointments (such as non-tenured, status-only).
Please visit Research Services website for additional information

Additional Information

Further details regarding application procedures and requirements can be found on NSERC’s website and the Research Services website
For information on applying to this program please contact Jessica Keating at Research Services by email at jessica.keating@utoronto.ca.