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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 review10-11-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review10-18-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review10-25-2023, by 12:00PM (noon)
Application due at agency 10-25-2023

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

Researchers can submit one RTI application per competition, either as an applicant or a co-applicant, but not both. 


As of last competition year (i.e., competition 2023, with a deadline of October 2022) RTI grant applicants and co-applicants who were successful in the previous year’s RTI competition are ineligible to apply for one year.  Eligibility will be reinstated the following competition year.  This change is being implemented to increase access to the RTI program to the largest number of eligible researchers. This decision, as well as the changes to the selection criteria for this year, are informed by the recent evaluation of the Discovery research program and the results of the gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) of the RTI program. 


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

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

*Applicants and co-applicants may apply for any of the above grants while concurrently applying to the RTI program. However, if any applicant or co-applicant does not hold one of the above grants by the RTI award start date or is not successful in obtaining one of these grants while concurrently applying to the RTI program, the applicant and/or co-applicant will be deemed ineligible and removed from the application.

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