NSERC Discovery Grant Notice of Intent (NOI)

This message signals the start of another Discovery Grant competition cycle. Researchers who intend to apply for a Discovery Grant in the 2020 competition must submit a Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) by the deadline date of August 4, 2020, 8:00 p.m. (ET).  No internal approvals are necessary at the NOI stage. NSERC does not accept any NOI after the deadline, and only those who submit an NOI can proceed to submit a full application this fall.

 NSERC’s recent Memo to Potential Applicants can be found here.


  1. August 4, 2020, 8 p.m. (ET) - Notice of Intent (NOI)
  1. October 5*: 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).
  1. October 30**: Submit your final application through the NSERC Research Portal.

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

**Actual NSERC deadline is November 2nd, 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.


NSERC has scheduled webinars for applicants preparing an NOI and Full Application. Due to COVID-19, NSERC has pre-recorded videos and will host live Q & A sessions.

Participants are asked to view the pre-recorded videos prior to attending a live Q&A session, as the material presented in the videos will not be repeated.

Dates and times for the live Q & A sessions can be found on the Webinars page on the NSERC website.

Canadian Common CV (CCV) and UNIWeb support available 

The Office of Research & Innovation Services (ORIS) is pleased to announce that summer research assistants are available to support faculty with the migration of their curriculum vitae data into the Canadian Common CV (CCV) and UNIWeb systems. U of L researchers who are planning to submit an NSERC Discovery Grant this year will be given priority for this service.

Please see the following notice for full details: https://www.uleth.ca/notice/notices/canadian-common-cv-ccv-and-uniweb-support-available#.WRngck3fOUk

Important note: A CCV is required at both the NOI (August 4) and Full Proposal stage. 

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


Stacey Leavitt | stacey.leavitt@uleth.ca | (403) 329-5117 | uleth.ca/research/grants/nserc-discovery-grants