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National Science Foundation Global Centres Initiative

Opportunity NameCall for proposals: Bioeconomy
AgencyNational Science Foundation, NSERC, SSHRC
ValueUp to $500,000/year
Indirect CostsIneligible
Duration4 or 5 years
Notify SIRI of intent to applyAs soon as possible
Application due to SIRI for full review05-01-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review05-27-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due to SIRI for mandatory review06-03-2024
Application due at agency 06-11-2024

To support international, interdisciplinary collaborative research centres to foster cutting-edge breakthroughs in the bioeconomy. These centres will develop use-inspired research to address global challenges facing humanity in sectors of the global economy such as agriculture, health, security, manufacturing, energy, and the environment. The centres are also expected to integrate diverse perspectives from different disciplines, international partners and other stakeholders into the research over the course of the project.


Canadian university researchers in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and engineering fields working with university collaborators from the US, and optionally Finland, Japan, Republic of Korea and/or the UK, on use-inspired research addressing global challenges through the bioeconomy. You must meet NSERC’s eligibility requirements at the time of application.

How to Apply

All researchers should notify both their Faculty and Maheen Hasan ( as soon as possible about their intention to apply. Doing so will ensure that researchers receive adequate support in application preparation.

Please note that if the Global Centres application involves one or more partner organizations from the private sector, the completion of the NSERC National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships Risk Assessment Form is required. The fully completed Risk Assessment Form is submitted to Rebecca Irwin (Research Security) at  by the Faculty Research Office together with a draft of the application. Rebecca Irwin will review the plan and provide feedback to the Faculty Research Office. Turn-around time will be two weeks.

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at