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Discovery Grants Program

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, whether made individually or in teams.  


2017 NSERC Discovery Grants Program Competition


NSERC Research Portal and Common CV Webinar

1 to 4 p.m. (E.T.), Sept 22 and Oct 13, 2016


Notice of Intent to Apply due to NSERC by August 1, 2016

Full application due to NSERC by November 1, 2016


 The Discovery Grants program aims to promote and maintain a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities; foster research excellence; and provide a stimulating environment for research training.


All researchers who intend to apply to the 2017 Discovery Grants competition (including individual, team, and subatomic physics projects) must submit a NOI by 8:00pm August 1, 2016Applicants who do not submit a NOI will not be eligible to submit an application in the fall.


Recent Changes to the Discovery Grants Program:


The NOI must be submitted electronically using NSERC’s new Research Portal at and the new NSERC version of the Canadian Common CV (CCV) which can be accessed at Instructions regarding completion and submission of the NOI can be found on NSERC’s website at


It is strongly recommended that you allow ample time to complete the NOI. We have been advised that completion of the NSERC CCV is very time consuming since all of the required information must be entered manually. It is not possible to cut and paste information from existing documents into the NSERC CCV.


To assist researchers with these changes, the NSERC has been holding a series of webinars on the NSERC Research Portal and Common CV. Please see below



To be eligible as an applicant or co-applicant, you must hold or have a firm offer of an academic appointment at an eligible Canadian university at the time of application. The appointment can be:

  • a tenured, tenure-track or lifetime professor emeritus position; or
  • a term or contract position of no less than three years.

Adjunct professors who meet NSERC's eligibility criteria and whose primary place of employment is at an eligible Canadian university may apply to NSERC grants programs.



Discovery Grants are awarded for one to five years, the normal duration being five years.


More information:

If you have questions regarding the Discovery Grants program, please contact Nathan Coschi, Advisor, ROADS, at or extension 24519.

Additional information about the Discovery Grants program can also be found on NSERC’s website at



NSERC Research Portal and Common CV Webinars


In preparation for the next Discovery Grants Program competition, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) will host dedicated webinars to walk participants through the Research Portal and the NSERC Common CV (CCV), and to provide practical tips for using the new systems.


Discovery Grants - Submission of an application


Thursday, September 22, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016


1 to 4 p.m. (ET)

Open to

Members of the research community across Canada

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