Research Western

NSERC Discovery Grants Program

The Discovery Grants Program assists in:

The Discovery Grants Program supports ongoing programs of research (with long-term goals) rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects.  These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances. Researchers can apply for, and hold, only one Discovery Grant at a time. Discovery Grants are awarded for one to five years, the normal duration being five years.

Notification of Intent to Apply:

All researchers who intend to apply for a Discovery Grant in the 2017 competition must submit a Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant by  August 2, 2017 (updated Aug. 1, 2017).  NSERC will only accept a completed NOI through its Research Portal. A Common CV is mandatory for both the NOI and full application stages, and it can - and should - be updated for the full application.  When you submit your NOI in the Portal it goes straight to NSERC, unlike the full application which is routed to RD&S first for review and final submission to NSERC.

Application Guide and Deadlines:

NSERC Discovery Grant Application Process 2017 (N.B. Check with your department/faculty for additional deadlines)

Important Updates and Essential NSERC Material(s):

Other Resources

Please Note:  A researcher may not submit identical applications to more than one of the three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) at the same time, or submit to an agency an application already funded by one of the other agencies.


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