|Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada|
|Formed||May 1, 1978|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Canada|
|Headquarters||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Annual budget||CA$ 1.1 billion (2015)|
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC; French: Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada, CRSNG) is the major federal agency responsible for funding natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. NSERC directly funds university professors and students as well as Canadian companies to perform research and training. With funding from the Government of Canada, NSERC supports the research of over 41,000 students, trainees and professors at universities and colleges in Canada with an annual budget of CA$1.1 billion in 2015. Its current director is Alejandro Adem.
NSERC combined with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research forms the major source of federal government funding to post-secondary research, and are collectively referred to as the "Tri-Council" or "Tri-Agency".
NSERC came into existence on May 1, 1978. University-based research had previously been supported through the National Research Council of Canada. It reports to Parliament through the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. It is governed by a Council composed of the president and up to 18 members appointed from the private and public sectors and an executive team of 8. Past presidents include Gordon M. MacNabb (1978-1986), Arthur W. May (1986-1990), Peter Morand (1990-1995), Tom Brzustowski (1995-2005), Suzanne Fortier (2006-2013), B. Mario Pinto (2014-2018), while on June 25, 2019, Alejandro Adem was appointed President of NSERC, effective October 1, 2019.
NSERC offers research funding for programs and projects covering every discipline of the sciences and engineering.
NSERC provides awards, scholarships, and fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students for scientific research.
NSERC has Research Partnerships Programs to help foster collaborations between university researchers, colleges and other sectors (including government and industry) to develop new knowledge and expertise, transfer it to Canadian-based organizations and meet the objectives of the Government of Canada’s Science & Technology Strategy on innovation.