About Networks of Centres of Excellence


Networks of Centres of Excellence

The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) is a federal government program, established in 1989, to provide funding to educational institutions, industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations for the purpose of establishing large-scale research networks. NCE bestows long-term funding (renewable for up to 15 years) for academically led multi-disciplinary research into issues of strategic importance to Canadians.

NCE funded research benefits Canadians by supporting the growth of Canada’s multi-disciplinary research capacity, generating new knowledge and innovative applications, providing training opportunities to develop a diverse and qualified workforce, and encouraging national and international collaboration between academics, government, non-government organizations, private businesses, and community partners.

2019 Competition

The NCE Secretariat announced a Call for Proposals on August 8, 2017, with $75 million over five years in funding available. Both new and established networks will be eligible to apply in this competition. There is no specific thematic focus for the competition.
CMN submitted a Letter of Intent for the initial stage of the application in November 2017 and a Full Application in July 2018. Competition results will be announced in October 2018 with funding available in the 2018-19 fiscal year.
Further details on the 2019 competition can be found here.


A Mountain NCE

Established in 2016, the CMN is working to establish a forum for collaboratively addressing the diverse challenges facing mountain regions by harnessing existing capacities and seeking new resources.  As a part of establishing this network, the CMN will lead the preparation of a Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) proposal.

Our Vision is for the Canadian Mountain Network to become a national and global leader in inclusive, co-designed, interdisciplinary mountain-research that recognizes the interconnectedness in mountain systems between the environment, economy, and society, and encourages an integrated approach for long-term sustainability and serving the needs of mountain communities.