Following our first communication last spring and in light of the extensive impacts of the COVID-19 public-health crisis that have already been observed, NSERC recognizes that some research activities funded by grants that expire on or after March 31, 2021 may be delayed. We are therefore pleased to inform you that NSERC will automatically provide additional 12-month extensions, where applicable, to grant recipients who request them because of COVID-19, regardless of whether they have received a previous time extension of any length for any reason. This extension period is in addition to the extension automatically allowed by the Extension period for the authority to use grant funds regulation in the Tri-agency guide on financial administration. Please note that this does not apply to funds awarded as part of the three-month supplement for the support of trainees (students, postdoctoral fellows) and research support personnel.
In order to make the necessary changes to grant recipients’ files, we ask that postsecondary educational institutions continue to maintain lists of grant recipients who are in the final year of their grants and who wish to take advantage of this extension, and that the institutions share this information with NSERC’s Finance division.
For all funding opportunities not listed below, as well as for the exceptions listed under university programs, administering institutions must continue to request extensions from NSERC by submitting the Grant amendment form, and grant recipients must continue to communicate with NSERC program staff to justify their requests. These extension requests, whether related to COVID-19 or not, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
These extensions apply to the following NSERC programs:
- University programs (with the exception of Advancing Climate Change Science in Canada; Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative; Joint Canada-Germany 2+2 call on Advanced Manufacturing-Industry 4.0; Joint Canada-UK projects on quantum technologies; Whale Science for Tomorrow; Ship Time program; Belmont Forum; Emerging Infectious Disease Modelling Initiative; DND/NSERC Discovery Grant Supplements, WaterWorks Joint Call)
- College and Community Innovation program
- Networks of Centres of Excellence