National Science Foundation Global Centres with NSERC and SSHRC

Please consult the Global Centres Program Solicitation on the National Science Foundation's website for complete details on this initiative.

Global Centres is a joint initiative between the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Australia's Commonwealth Science and Innovation Research Organization (CSIRO), and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to encourage and support international collaborative research on climate change and clean energy. 

This initiative supports researchers from the Canada and the US, and optionally Australia, the UK, and/or other countries as well, in forming collaborative research partnerships to address themes related to climate change and/or clean energy. Global Centres proposals should be focused on cutting-edge, interdisciplinary and use-inspired research on climate change and/or clean energy with international collaborations that foster breakthroughs in knowledge. NSF Global Centres grants will support the creation of international hubs of research excellence that advance knowledge, empower communities, and generate discovery and innovative solutions at a regional, national and global scale. 

The Global Centres initiative includes two tracks:

  • Track 1 – Implementation: Implementation grants support the establishment of a Global Centre and are expected to be four to five years in duration.
  • Track 2 – Design: Design grants will support coordination and preliminary research efforts aiming to foster future Global Centre proposals. 

Through a lead agency model, the US Principal Investigator (PI) will submit a single collaborative proposal on behalf of the research team, which will undergo a review process by NSF, the lead agency. In parallel, the participating Canadian researchers on the team must submit one application to NSERC that includes a summary of the proposal, budget information for all Canadian participants on the team, and a Personal data form with CCV attachment (form 100A) all Canadian participants. Please refer to the Apply section for more details.

Eligible Canadian researchers may receive funding from NSERC or SSHRC while international researchers from the US, UK and Australia may receive funding from their respective funding agencies. NSERC funding will be provided as an Alliance grant and SSHRC funding will be provided as a Partnership-type grant.


Track 1 - Implementation  - May 10, 2023 at 8:00pm EST 

Track 2 - Design - May 10, 2023 at 8:00pm EST


Track 1 - up to $750,000 per year for duration of 4-5 years 

Track 2 - up to $100,000 per year for duration of 1-2 years



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Upcoming Deadlines

May 10, 2024May 10, 2024 *
May 05, 2024 May. 05, 2024 May 05, 2024 16:00:00 May 05, 2024 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: National Science Foundation Global Centres with NSERC and SSHRC The Government of Canada, through NSERC and SSHRC, is pleased to announce a joint research funding initiative, led by the US National Science Foundation, for use-inspired research addressing global challenges in climate change and clean energy. NSF Global Centres is a collaborative effort among NSERC, SSHRC, NSF, Australia's Commonwealth Science and Innovation Research Organization, and the UK Research and Innovation. Maximum funding available is $750,000 per year for 4-5 years. Deadline to apply is May 10, 2023 by 8:00pm EST. Please click on the link for further information. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.