The Discovery Grants Northern Research Supplements (NRS) Program has been established to help augment and promote Canadian university-based northern research and training. The main purpose of the Northern Research Supplements program is to recognize the added logistical costs unique to conducting research in the Canadian North.1
The NRS Program is aimed at NSERC-funded researchers who intend to conduct research in Canada's North. You must apply for a Northern Research Supplement at the same time you apply for an NSERC Discovery Grant. Applications will be accepted only from researchers who are applying for a Discovery Grant in the same year’s competition.
Successful applicants will receive a supplement to their NSERC Discovery Grant of between $10,000 and $25,000 per year, for the duration of their Discovery Grant. Awards at the upper end of this range will be made to those with higher logistical costs and to recognize outstanding contributions to outreach and interactions with northerners. Renewal of the supplement will be considered at the time of your Discovery Grant reapplication.
Recipients of Northern Research Supplements are not restricted to the specific activities described in the application, but must pursue research interests in the North. In order to reduce field costs, researchers may also consider Natural Resources Canada’s Technical Field Support Services (TFSS), which also provides logistics support to field projects through issuance of field equipment.