Call for Proposals for Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research
PDAD&C #1, 2007-08
From: Tim McTiernan, Interim Vice-President, Research
Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date: July 10th, 2007
Re: Call for Proposals for Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR)
As many of you will have seen, the Networks of Centres of Excellence Secretariat has announced a call for proposals for its 2008 competition to fund CECR's. See http://www.nce.gc.ca .
Key features of the competition, as described in the application guidelines, include:
As described, eligible recipients for funding include
not-for-profit organizations created by universities and colleges, not-for-profit research
organizations, firms (boldface added), and other interested non-governmental
provides opportunities for U of T focused proposals developed with not-for-profit delivery partners and/or U of T involvement in proposals originating from industry and other research institutes.
Given the short timeframe for expressions of interest in CECR's and given the requirement to demonstrate strong commercialization performance and ties to the private sector in an LOI and subsequent application, the Research Portfolio will work actively with the Provost's Office and University Relations to provide strategic support during the development of proposals, and guidance on potential partnership arrangements.
We are developing a list of proposals being considered. Please send a one- or two-liner on any initiative you are considering to Judith Chadwick (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will add it to the list.
We will be developing a question and checklist template
highlighting essential components of an LOI proposal which will be
distributed by the end of the week and available through Judith Chadwick's
An information session with potential applicants will be held in the last week of July to review LOI requirements, including partnership arrangements with proposed centres, centre deliverables and strategic focus, and sources of matching funding.
A working group representing Research Services, GRIP and The Innovations Group, with Judith Chadwick as team lead, has been established in the Research Portfolio to support the application process.