Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Grants to Canada individual researchers to support high-quality research in engineering and natural sciences at Canadian institutions of higher education. Applicants must submit a notice of intent before applying. Funding is intended for both early career and established researchers.
The Discovery Grants Program assists in:
- Promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities;
fostering research excellence;
- Providing a stimulating environment for research training.
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. Discovery Grants are considered “grants in aid” of research, as they provide long term operating funds and can facilitate access to funding from other programs, but are not meant to support the full costs of a research program.
Recipients of Discovery Grants are not restricted to the specific activities described in their applications, and may pursue new research interests, provided they are within NSERC’s mandate. This provides researchers with the flexibility to pursue promising research avenues as they emerge and the opportunity to address higher-risk (higher reward) topics. Researchers can use their grants to participate in collaborative efforts.
Applicants are encouraged to increase the inclusion and advancement of women and other under-represented groups in the natural sciences and engineering, as one means to enhance excellence in research and training.
List of Evaluation Groups and Research Topics:
-Genes, Cells and Molecules
-Biological Systems and Functions
-Evolution and Ecology
-Mathematics and Statistics
-Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering
-Electrical and Computer Engineering
-Materials and Chemical Engineering
GrantWatch ID#: 174293
Discovery Grants are normally awarded for five years.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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