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Discovery Grants Information Centre

The Discovery Grants (DG) Program is NSERC's largest and longest-standing program. These grants—based on recommendations from peer review committees containing world experts in each of 12 science and engineering fields—typically last for five years. They provide the core funding and freedom so Canada’s best researchers can pursue their most promising ideas and breakthrough discoveries—world‑firsts in knowledge.

The DG Program is highly valued within the Canadian research community. By supporting ongoing research programs with long-term goals, rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects, Discovery Grants give researchers the flexibility to explore the most promising avenues of research as they emerge.

Applicants must meet a high standard of quality on the following three selection criteria, as judged by their peers:

  • The excellence of the researcher as demonstrated by the quality and impact of their recent research achievements;
  • The merit of their research proposal; and
  • Their achievements in, and plans for, research training.