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Discovery Accelerator Supplements Program

Overview
Value $120,000 over three years
Application deadline Not applicable
How to apply No separate application is required. Selection is made in conjunction with the review of Discovery Grant applications each year.
Program contact Consult the Contact List

Important information

Objective

The Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) program provides substantial and timely additional resources to accelerate progress and maximize the impact of established, superior research programs.

Description

The DAS program provides substantial and timely resources to researchers who have an established, superior research program that is highly rated in terms of originality and innovation, and who show strong potential to become international leaders within their field. These additional resources should enable researchers to capitalize on a research opportunity or a bold idea (e.g., a recent research breakthrough, a paradigm shift, or a new strategy to tackle a scientific problem or research question, etc.).

Each award is valued at $120,000 over three years ($40,000 annually) and provides recipients with additional resources to compete with the best in the world. These resources are a supplement to the NSERC Discovery Grant, that may be used to expand the recipient’s research group (i.e., students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians), to purchase, or to have access to, specialized equipment, or for other initiatives/resources that would accelerate the progress of their research program, and are only valid during the active period of the Discovery Grant through which the DAS was awarded.

Individuals who are awarded both a DAS and an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship will be entitled to receive the two awards, but not concurrently. NSERC staff will contact recipients with more details when this situation applies.

Application procedures

No separate application is required. Selection is made in conjunction with the review of Discovery Grant applications each year.

Review procedures

Evaluation Groups will review applications in accordance with the Discovery Grant criteria and will nominate a small number of applicants for an award according to the objective and description of the DAS program. This number is based on a pre-determined quota assigned to each Evaluation Group by NSERC. Post-competition, the Executive Committee of the Evaluation Group will select the final recipients for the awards from amongst the nominated researchers for recommendation to NSERC. Potential recipients will:

  • meet the objective of the DAS program;
  • have an established, superior research program that is highly rated in terms of originality and innovation;
  • show strong potential to become international leaders within their feld.

Demonstration of equity, diversity and inclusion considerations in the research and training program, as outlined in the Discovery Grants criteria, can also be used as evidence of an applicant meeting the objective and description of the DAS program.

Additional considerations, such as the applicant’s career stage, may be taken into account by Evaluation Groups and Executive Committees in their recommendations to NSERC. Furthermore, NSERC may also take into account equity, diversity and inclusion in its final selection of recipients.

Award

Each year, NSERC will award up to 130 DAS. Each award will have a total value of $120,000 ($40,000 annually) to be paid over three years. Recipients may use the DAS funds throughout the term of their active Discovery Grant.  Payments are made separately from the current Discovery Grant.

Reporting requirements

DAS recipients are required to complete a Grants in Aid of Research, Statement of Account (Form 300) at the end of each fiscal year. Furthermore, they are required to submit a report at the end of the DAS period.