To complement a series of meetings and discussions with stakeholders at campuses across Canada, NSERC is now formally consulting on the future support of the Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program in light of reductions in available program funding.

From June 29 to September 28, 2012, the research community is invited to provide input on two alternate delivery mechanisms for the support of tools and instruments. In either scenario, the expected total amount of available funding is $6 million to $10 million annually.

The outcome of this consultation will shape how future investments in support of tools and instruments are made, and would be in effect for the 2014 competition. The primary objective of using the funds towards the purchase or development of research equipment, with the goal of fostering and enhancing discovery and the training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering, will remain.