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NSERC-CNSC Small Modular Reactors Research Grant Initiative

Opportunity NameSmall Modular Reactors Research Grant Initiative
AgencyNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)
ValueUp to $120,000/year
Indirect CostsIneligible
DurationUp to 3 years
Application due to FSc RO at for full review11-29-2022
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review12-06-2022
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review12-13-2022, by 12:00PM
Application due at agency 12-13-2022, by 12:00PM

To support activities that will 

  • increase the scientific information available to support regulatory decision-making and oversight 
  • increase capacity to regulate SMRs 
  • enhance the capabilities of Canadian universities to undertake research related to SMRs 
  • increase training and help produce a new generation of nuclear scientists, engineers and policy-makers 

Research proposals must address one or more of the following specific research challenges and knowledge gaps: 

Chemistry and materials 

  1. Consequences of high temperature on reactor components 
  2. Chemistry control for various materials and fuel types 

Environmental and radiological protection 

  1. Source term characterization 
  2. Geotechnical and effect of the environment on SMR design and operation 
  3. Emergency planning 

Human and organizational factors 

  1. Interface design – Opportunity costs and benefits of analogue, digital and mixed displays suites for use in control and monitoring of complex environments 
  2. Impact of digital control rooms on situational awareness and the use of decision-aiding systems 
  3. Impact of digital control rooms on operator workload and vigilance 

Safeguards and security 

  1. Cyber security 
  2. Effects of SMR deployment in unconventional locations on conventional safeguards inspection and verification methods 
  3. Security of SMRs 

Novel Fuel compositions 

  1. Safeguards, nuclear material accountancy and non-proliferation impacts from the introduction of new fuel and associated fuel manufacturing techniques


Applicants may only submit one application as either Canadian principal applicant or co-applicant. 

How to Apply

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