Privacy Policy

Last updated: March 15, 2017

Copyright/Permission to Reproduce

Materials on this Web site were produced and/or compiled by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the programs and services offered by the Government of Canada.

The material available on this Web site, is covered by the provisions of the Copyright Act, Canadian laws, policies, regulations and international agreements. Such provisions serve to identify the information source and, in specific instances, to prohibit reproduction of materials without written permission.

Third-Party Social Media

NSERC's use of social media serves as an extension of its presence on the Web. Social media account(s) are public and are not hosted on Government of Canada servers. Users who choose to interact with us via social media should read the terms of service and privacy policies of these third-party service providers and those of any applications you use to access them. NSERC uses Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram.

Personal information that you provide to the Government of Canada via social media account(s) is collected to capture conversations (e.g. questions and answers, comments, "likes", retweets) between you and NSERC. It may be used to respond to inquiries, or for statistical, evaluation and reporting purposes. Comments posted that violate Canadian law will be deleted and disclosed to law enforcement authorities. Comments that violate our rules of engagement will also be deleted.

Hyperlinking Notice

The NSERC website provides links to various website s external to the Government of Canada. NSERC is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information contained on external sites. All reasonable efforts have been made to confirm the accuracy of external hyperlinks as of the "Updated" date available on all NSERC Web pages. Be aware that hyperlinks do change from time to time and, in some cases, those changes may not be reflected immediately. If you encounter broken links, contact us by email at

Privacy Notice

The Government of Canada and NSERC are committed to providing visitors with Web sites that respect their privacy. This Privacy Notice summarizes the privacy policy and practices on NSERC Web sites.

  • NSERC Web sites do not automatically gather any specific personal information from you—such as your name, phone number or email address. We would only obtain this type of information if you supply it by sending us an email.
  • All personal information created, held or collected by NSERC is protected under the federal Privacy Act. This means that at any point of collection you will be asked for consent to collect your information, or advised of the authority for such collection. You will be informed of the purpose for which it is being collected and how to exercise your right of access to that information.
  • NSERC employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. This software receives and records the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer that has contacted our Web site, the date and time of the visit, and the pages visited. We make no attempt to link these addresses with the identity of individuals visiting our site unless an attempt to damage the site has been detected.
  • A "cookie" is a computer (text) file that is sent to a visitor's Web browser, by a Web server, in order to remember certain pieces of information. "Per-session cookies" are used on some portions of NSERC's website to store information within a session. During your visit to our website , your browser exchanges information with our Web server. Per-session cookies facilitate this exchange by reminding the server which computer is making the request. Visit our Help page for more information about persistent and per-session cookies.
  • NSERC employs a fully automated anti-spam filter to protect its employees and networks from spam. Incoming e‑mail messages that are flagged by the software as spam are deleted automatically by the technology without notification. The program is set to block e‑mail that is considered obvious spam because of its content (e.g. pornographic, racist, get-rich-quick schemes, junk commercial solicitations) as determined by general industry best practices.
  • Information on individual visitors is used by NSERC employees to respond to your request or to ensure the security of this system. We will only share information you give to us with another government department if your inquiry relates to that department. We do not use the information to create individual profiles, nor do we disclose this information to anyone outside the federal government without your consent.


Some of the information on this Web site has been provided by external sources. NSERC is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information provided by external sources. Users wishing to rely on this information should consult directly with the source of the information.