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NSERC PromoScience Program

Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada

PromoScience Program


Notify ROADS of Intent to Apply by July 24, 2017

Draft Application due to ROADS by August 21, 2017

Final Application due to ROADS by September 11, 2017


 The PromoScience grants support organizations that:

  • work with young Canadians to inspire an interest in science and engineering (including mathematics and technology);
  • motivate young people to study science and engineering and to pursue careers in these fields; and
  • bring interactive, hands-on science experiences to young people.


These include organizations that:

  •  focus on groups that are traditionally under-represented in scientific and engineering careers; and
  • provide instruction and resources to science, math and technology teachers.


NSERC invites applications that promote the natural sciences and engineering to Canada's young people, particularly to groups such as girls and Aboriginal peoples* that are under-represented in scientific and engineering careers.

In addition, NSERC is issuing a targeted call for applications that focus on resources, tools and professional development for teachers. It is expected that an increased percentage of applications in this area will be supported in consequence. These professional development programs must be outside of accredited courses or degree requirements.

Furthermore, NSERC encourages organizations to consider the needs of official language minority communities in their area while developing the activities to be proposed in the application and to strive to have official documentation and promotional material in both official languages.

* For the purposes of this program, NSERC uses the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982 definition of Aboriginal peoples as including the Indian, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada.



NSERC’s contribution is generally up to one-third of a program’s funding. In past competitions, the average grant ranged from $15,000 to $25,000 per year.  Organizations may request funds for up to three years at a time.

Grants may be used to cover improvements to program content or delivery, as well as for new programs and activities. Grants can also be used to cover operational costs, such as salaries, travel, postage, materials and supplies, provided they relate to the promotion of science and engineering. Note that grants may not be used to support research or program evaluations.


Application Process:

The PromoScience competition is held on an annual basis. The next application deadline is September 15, 2017.

If you plan to apply, please contact Grace Kim, Assistant Director, Development, at or extension 24765 by July 24.

The initial draft of the application is due to ROADS by August 21, 2017. NSERC will accept only one application per department. If, by August 21, ROADS receives multiple draft applications from the same department, an internal selection committee will be established to determine which application from the department will be forwarded by NSERC by September 15th.

The final draft, and a completed and signed Application Approval Form, are due to ROADS by September 11, 2017.  Please note applications received after this date may not receive a full review.

ROADS will submit the application to NSERC by 4:30 pm on September 15. 


More Information:

If you have questions regarding the PromoScience program, please contact Grace Kim, Assistant Director, Development, at or extension 24765.

Additional information about the PromoScience program can also be found on NSERC's website at