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NSERC PromoScience Program

The PromoScience program provides support to organizations that:

  • work with young Canadians to inspire an interest in, and understanding of, 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 students and their science teachers in elementary school, high school, or their first year of college in Quebec.

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.

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.


Application Process: 

The PromoScience competition is held on an annual basis, due on September 15.

If you plan to apply, please contact Nathan Coschi, Senior Advisor, at or extension 21581. He will assist with development of your proposal.

NSERC will accept only one application per department. If 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.


To be eligible:

  • you must be a Canadian:
    • registered non-profit organization;
    • post-secondary institution, or
    • non-federal museum or science centre; and
  •  you must demonstrate ongoing involvement in the promotion of natural sciences and engineering to young Canadians.


Eligible activities for funding include:

  • Ongoing programming: Activities must be delivered on a continual basis from year to year. One-time, project-specific activities are not eligible.
  • Youth-focused programming: Activities and content must be designed for youth in elementary school, high school, or their first year of college in Quebec. We do not support activities targeting pre-school aged children, postsecondary students or the general public.
  • Programming in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE): Proposed activities must be primarily focused on promoting interest and careers in the NSE. Programming focused on health and medicine is not eligible for support.
  • New/pilot programs: Such applications must include strong evidence of the feasibility and anticipated impact of the activities (i.e., support letters, data from similar successful programs).
  • Proposals with broad impact and reach: We encourage proposals at the national, provincial, territorial and regional levels. We will not support local activities unless these target traditionally under-represented groups in science and engineering.
  • Interactive, hands-on programming: Activities must involve social or technology-mediated interaction with a two-way flow of information and influence between youth and their facilitators. We will not support the production of books, videos, lectures, etc. that are not part of an interactive program.
  • Research experience: Applicants must demonstrate how their program goes beyond simply providing work experience and how it meets the objectives of the PromoScience program.
  • Program delivery using a Web site: Such applications must demonstrate that the Web site is of an ongoing nature and interactive, and should include a detailed plan that outlines the need for the site, its content and plans for ongoing maintenance.
  • University-based activities: If an activity is linked to university course work (i.e., university students as instructors or mentors), the course work must be clearly delineated from the youth-based outreach component for the application to be eligible.
  • For organizations receiving core government funding (i.e., museums and science centres), only activities that are not already funded through their existing core funding are eligible. For example, expanding collections or developing travelling and/or permanent displays would not be considered eligible for funding through PromoScience.


Grants may not be used to support research or program evaluations.

PromoScience will allow an organization to hold multiple concurrent awards, as long as the organization clearly demonstrates in the application there is no overlap in any way with activities already supported by active PromoScience grants, or with other proposals submitted to the same PromoScience competition by the same organization.



The award amount is not specified.  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 $20,000 per year.  Organizations may request funds for up to three years at a time.


More Information:

If you have questions regarding the PromoScience program, please contact Nathan Coschi, Senior Advisor, at or extension 21581.


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