The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is launching its next call for proposals under its Discovery Frontiers program. This round of funding will focus on Biodiversity and Adaptation of Biosystems. Funding available is $1 million per year for four years.
Global habitats are changing at a faster pace than ever before through climate change, deforestation, ocean acidification, and overfishing. Canada and the world need to better understand natural and managed environments – from genes to ecosystems – and how they respond or adapt to complex changing conditions. To address this, the Discovery Frontiers funding will support a program that will be paradigm-shifting, transdisciplinary in nature, involve international collaboration, and foster new expertise and capacity.
Given the nature of the research to be supported through this call for proposals and in recognition that the ability to implement policy or directly apply the research results can depend on socio-economic considerations as well as scientific understanding, proposals may include collaboration and integration across several disciplines. Proposals requesting funds from NSERC can include aspects of social sciences and humanities, provided that the main focus remains within the natural sciences and engineering.
This is NSERC’s fourth call for proposals under Discovery Frontiers initiative. Previous calls have targeted northern earth systems research, new materials for clean energy and energy efficiency, and exploring big data science in genomics research.
The application begins with a Letter of Intent due no later than April 17, 2017.