Funding: NSERC

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is an arm's-length federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the natural sciences and engineering. NSERC grants are awarded through an independent, national, peer-review process designed to ensure excellence. NEW this year: NSERC applicants use the Research Portal to create and, if they choose, submit their NSERC grant applications. New applicants must register to gain access to the system.

Discovery Grants

The Discovery Grant (DG) program provides research operating funds for researchers in the natural and engineering sciences. Researchers who intend to apply in the 2010 competition must submit a Notification of Intent to Apply (Form 180) by August 1. The DG competition is held annually with a full application deadline of November 1. The DG application consists of two forms, Form 100 (instructions) and Form 101 (instructions).

The NOI deadline is August 1st, 2013. By this date, applicants must complete their online Notice of Intent application, and the Canadian Common CV

Applicants are encouraged to actively pursue the most suitable Grant Selection Committee (GSC) to review the grant proposals. Those whose research could be considered by multiple GSCs are encouraged to consult with experienced applicants in their discipline who share research interests. Applicants can also review NSERCs list of GSC Scientific Members to see which GSC has members in the appropriate fields. NSERC's list of contacts can also be very helpful for applicants trying to find the proper GSC.

NEW: 2013 NSERC community-engagement details can be accessed through the Connect with NSERC page and information on Research Portal/CCV Webinars can be accessed on the NSERC webpage.

NSERC Discovery Grant Information Sessions were held in September
UofT's Office of Research Services held information sessions on the 2013 NSERC Grants Competitions and the internal application process, covering the following topics:

  • Imporant NSERC Program Updates
  • Internal UofT Procedures and Deadlines
  • The Conference Model
  • Preparation and submission of successful Discovery Grant applications
  • The peer review process

Presentation slides from the UTM Information Session can be found here. Please also see the Editorial Tips for Proposal Writing, which was put together by U of T's Research Services.

For further information on preparing and submitting NSERC grants, please see NSERC's website.