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NSERC-CNSC Small Modular Reactors Research Grant Initiative


The total anticipated budget for this initiative is $15 million over five years. Individual proposals should not exceed $120,000 per year.


Through funding provided in Budget 2022, the CNSC and the NSERC are partnering to fund research to support effective and efficient regulation and regulatory oversight of SMRs.

Eligible Applicants

If you are a Canadian university researcher who is eligible to receive NSERC funds, you can apply on your own or as a team with co-applicants who are also eligible academic researchers. However, please note that only one application per researcher will be accepted under the call (as either applicant or co-applicant).

Collaborators from federal, provincial or municipal government organizations or laboratories may take part in the research, but they must bring their own resources to the collaboration. They will not have access to grant funds. In order to avoid the perception of a conflict of interest, or preference for a particular SMR technology, private sector partners are excluded from the current call.

Eligible Expenses

The total anticipated budget for this initiative is $15 million over five years. Individual proposals should not exceed $120,000 per year over their initial one-to-three-year duration. A second funding call is expected in 2025 to extend existing projects and/or fund new projects for a two- or three-year duration. NSERC will administer the funding calls in conjunction with the CNSC. Funds will be administered according to NSERC’s use of grant funds guidelines, outlined in the Tri-agency financial administration guide.

Deadline Date

  December 13, 2022.


Contact Name: NSERC-CNSC Small Modular Reactors Research Grant Initiative

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