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.
Please note the following deadlines related to this year’s Discovery Grants:
- 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).
- October 31**: Submit your final application through the NSERC Research Portal.
* Please check with your department Chairs regarding any department-level deadlines and internal review processes.
**Actual NSERC deadline is November 1st, however in order to allow ORIS to ensure all applications are properly forwarded prior to NSERCs specified date and time, applicants are asked to ensure submission of their final application by October 31st.
Kindly inform Stacey if your intent to apply for funding in this year’s competition has changed since your NOI was submitted.
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
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.