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NSERC Discovery Grants Program

The Discovery Grants Program assists in:

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. Researchers can apply for only one Discovery Grant at a time, either individually or as part of a team, but not both.  Researchers can hold only one Discovery Grant at any given time.  Discovery Grants are awarded for one to five years, the normal duration being five years.

Notification of Intent:

All researchers who intend to apply for a Discovery Grant (including a Project Research Grant in Subatomic Physics) in the 2016 competition must submit a Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant by the deadline date of August 1, 2016.  NSERC will only accept a completed NOI through its Research Portal. Please note that NSERC has made the Common Canadian CV mandatory for the NOI and full Discovery Grant application for Fall 2016.

Application Guide and Deadlines:

NSERC Discovery Grant Application Process 2016

Important Updates and Essential NSERC Material(s):

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Please Note:  A researcher may not submit identical applications to more than one of the three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) at the same time, or submit to an agency an application already funded by one of the other agencies.


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