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NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program

Opportunity NameResearch Tools and Instruments Grants Program
ValueUp to $150,000
Indirect CostsIneligible
Duration1 year
Application due to FSc RO at for full review10-11-2022
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review10-18-2022
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review10-25-2022, by 12:00PM
Application due at agency 10-25-2022

To foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment. 

NSERC will only accept requests: 

  • For tools and instruments that form a comprehensive system intended to support NSERC funded research in the natural sciences and engineering: 
    • a comprehensive system is one in which each tool or instrument forms part of an integrated system of operation to support the research program(s) 
    • requests that bundle unrelated tools and instruments together will not be accepted 
  • For the purchase of new, used or refurbished equipment, for the repair, upgrade or rental of equipment, or for the fabrication of equipment that is not readily available off the shelf.
  • For equipment that is purchased or rented after the application deadline.


To be eligible to apply for and to hold RTI funds, applicants and co-applicants must each:

  • Meet NSERC’s eligibility criteria for faculty.
  • Hold at least one of the following NSERC research grants (either as an applicant or co-applicant): 
    • Alliance grant
    • Canada Excellence Research Chairs
    • Canada 150 Research Chairs
    • Canada Research Chairs
    • Collaborative Research and Development grant
    • Discovery Development grant
    • Discovery Grant
    • Discovery Horizons grant
    • Industrial Research Chairs grant
    • Strategic Partnership grant

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.



All live webinars for this grant will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST.



For specific questions, please contact your FSc Research Officer

Stefanie Bernaudo
Research Officer
(Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Science & Technology Studies)

Phoebe Tsz-Wai Chan
Research Officer
(Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics)