The Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) help organizations hire an undergraduate-level researcher for 12-16 weeks to undertake a project of importance to the firm. Most participating organizations are private sector for-profit companies, but some non-profit, and government-owned organizations may also be eligible. Please consult the eligibility guidelines.
|Use of funds||Salary for student researcher|
|Who manages funds?||The company pays the funds and issues the T4 or T4A directly to the student. NSERC pays its contribution directly to the host organization at the end of the work period.|
|Duration of award||12 to 16 consecutive weeks of student employment on a full-time basis|
|Approximate application success rate||Approximately 90%|
|Typical grant range||NSERC provides a maximum of $4,500 for a 16-week work term|
|Type of partners required||Canadian-based organizations|
|Minimum company cash contribution||Contribute A minimum of 25 percent to the award value. The company is responsible for the resources to pay the student's salary in full for the duration of the work term and will be reimbursed by NSERC.|
|Who submits the application||The designated company representative submits the application electronically to NSERC using NSERC 's on-line system|
|Intellectual property ownership||Host company retains all titles and rights to the results of the student's work. The company's patent policies apply to any patentable inventions.|
|Application deadline||A contact person from the hosting company or organization must apply at least four weeks before the scheduled start date of the student's work term, using NSERC's on-line system. See the USRA application instructions for more information|
|Evaluation method||NSERC internal evaluation|
|Status of the award holder||Employee of the company for the duration of the award|
|Reporting||At the end of the work term, the company must submit a one-page report to NSERC. Payment is issued upon approval of the report.|
Either the organization or the student may initiate the application process. Companies can select candidates based on interviews or other sources of information.
Students must be supervised by full-time employees of the company. They may hold USRAs during co-op placements.
For more information, please refer to the Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards description.