Networks of Centres of Excellence
Please note that the NCE Secretariat will not be conducting any future calls for proposals for all of its programs and initiatives. For more information, please refer to the Programs page.
The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) is a federal government initiative which funds partnerships between universities, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations to create large-scale research networks. The NCE has been hailed around the world as a precedent-setting model for connecting research and development to the economic and social well-being of our country. By engaging thousands of talented young researchers, the programs of the NCE attract and train tomorrow's scientific and business leaders, ensuring that Canada remains competitive in the global economy.
Launched in 1989, the NCE Secretariat now runs four national programs:
- Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)
- Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR)
- Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE)
The mission of the NCE, through its suite of programs, is "to mobilize Canada's research talent in the academic, private and public sectors, and apply it to the task of developing the economy and improving the quality of life of Canadians."
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