NSERC Discovery Grants

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. Discovery Grants are considered “grants in aid” of research, as they provide long term operating funds and can facilitate access to funding from other programs, but are not meant to support the full costs of a research program.

Only faculty members who submitted a Notice of Intent to apply on August 1, 2019 are eligible to submit a full application in October 2019. 



  1. October 4*: Attach a solid draft of your grant application to a Research Proposal Form on the Bridge. This will allow for review and approvals to be obtained at the level of the Department Chair, Dean and VP Research.  A working copy PDF can be saved from the NSERC Research Portal and uploaded to the Research Proposal Form. Please also include a copy of your CCV. Stacey Leavitt (ORIS Grants Facilitator) will read and provide feedback on your draft at that time (or earlier is certainly welcome – feel free to send Stacey a draft anytime in advance).
  2. October 31: Submit your final application through the NSERC Research Portal.

*Please check with your Department Chair regarding any department-level deadlines and internal review processes. 



In preparation for the submission of Discovery Grant applications, NSERC will host webinars to assist the research community on “How to complete an application” using the Research Portal and the NSERC Canadian Common CV (CCV).

Webinar dates: August 27th and September 24th

For full details, please refer to the NSERC webinar listings.


Read and follow the instructions for completing an application and NSERC’s version of the CCV. Information that does not conform to the instructions will not be used for peer review and the application may be rejected.

Please note that NSERC has made a few changes to the application requirements since last year (and since Gillian’s NSERC workshop in June).

Updates to Instructions:

Contribution to the Training of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP)

Instructions have been modified to provide clearer guidance to applicants and peer reviewers on what to include in the application and how this is assessed. 

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Applicants are encouraged to increase the inclusion and advancement of women and other under-represented groups in the natural sciences and engineering, as one means to enhance excellence in research and training. Additional instructions have been added within the Contributions to the training of HQP.

Relationship to Other Research Support

Instructions have been modified to clarify the type of information required for this section of the application and how it will be assessed. In addition, new directives were added for applicants who hold, or have applied for a CIHR Foundation Grant.

Online Resources

Discovery Grant webpage

Instructions for Completing an Application

Frequently Asked Questions

Research Portal

If you have any questions regarding the Discovery Grant competition, please contact Stacey Leavitt (stacey.leavitt@uleth.ca) in the Office of Research and Innovation Services.

Agency Name: 
Contact Name: 
Stacey Leavitt
Grant Amount: 
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Internal Deadline: 
Friday, October 4, 2019
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: