Western Strategic Support for NSERC Success Program


Jointly funded by Western Research and the researcher's faculty, Western's Strategic Support for NSERC Success program offers three funding opportunities identified as Seed and Accelerator (Fall competition) and Bridge (Spring competition) grants. These grants are targeted at researchers who are either not currently holding external NSERC funding, or are preparing to submit to a higher NSERC grant value. The intent of these grants is to offer critical, one-time funding to support an individual investigator’s research activities for the subsequent development of strong, competitive submissions to external, peer-reviewed research sponsors.

The merit of each proposal will be assessed by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) on innovation, impact, deliverables (both long- and short-term), proposed methodology, HQP training plan and proposed budget. Successful applicants are expected to develop and submit competitive research proposals to a NSERC competition within two years of the award’s start date. Note: Indirect costs are not supported by this program.

WSS for NSERC Success Grant Program

Program Guidelines

  • Program guidelines for Fall 2020 programs to be posted.

Application Forms & Instructions

Important Dates

Dean's Internal Deadline
ROLA Deadline
Application Submission Deadline Fall 2020 Competition dates will be announced in August.



Complete a ROLA Proposal: Internal program applications are processed through Western Research Internal Grants and must be accompanied by a completed ROLA proposal. 

Application Submission: The application form must be combined with all required attachments in a single PDF and emailed to intgrant@uwo.ca by Western Research's posted deadline. All submissions will be adjudicated by appointed members of Western's Science & Engineering Review Board (SERB).

Final Research Report

Final Report - Online form due within six months of the grant end date.


Internal competitions are administered by Western Research Internal Grants (519-661-2111, ext. 84500, intgrant@uwo.ca).

For more information or questions, please contact Elizabeth Russell-Minda, Research Development Officer (519-661-2111 ext. 88701)