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Memo to Potential Applicants Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant in the 2017 Competition

The NOI deadline for Discovery Grants and Subatomic Physics has been extended to August 3rd, 2016 at 8PM (ET). The text below has been changed to reflect the new deadline.

It is time to start preparing your Discovery Grant application. A Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) must be submitted by the deadline date of August 3rd, 2016, 8:00 p.m. (ET). NSERC will not accept an NOI after the deadline date.

The NOI is mandatory when applying for a Discovery Grant. Applicants who do not submit a NOI cannot submit a full application. The information contained in the NOI allows NSERC to start some aspects of the review process, including the preliminary assignment to an Evaluation Group, the selection of external reviewers and the verification of the eligibility of the subject matter.

If you do not intend to apply this year, please let us know by sending an email to before August 3.

Application Process for Discovery Grants

You must submit your NOI and the NSERC version of the This link will take you to another Web site Canadian Common CV (CCV) using the Research Portal.  Refer to the instructions on how to complete the NOI and CCV. We encourage you to start completing your CCV early, as it can be time-consuming to populate the fields the first time.

NSERC will be hosting webinars on how to complete a NOI to assist the research community. Consult the webinars page for dates.   

Phase-out of Discovery Team Grants

NSERC no longer accepts Team Grant applications. It was determined that Team Grants are not effectively meeting the needs of the research community they are intended to support. While all new applications must now be made individually, applicants are encouraged to continue incorporating collaboration into their individual applications. Existing team grants will continue to receive support until their last instalment. Researchers who are supported by an NSERC Team Grant should submit an individual Discovery Grant application when submitting a new request for funding.

Before Submitting a NOI

You are encouraged to verify the balance of your current Discovery Grant account. If the available funds are sufficient to cover anticipated expenditures through the next fiscal year, you can request a deferral of instalment or take advantage of the automatic one-year extension to use the accumulated funds prior to submitting a new request for funding. Refer to the Administrative Matters and the Annual Funding of Grants sections of the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide for more information. Note that postponing an application does not adversely affect the review of your next application, but rather demonstrates good fiscal management of the funds and allows you to re-organize your activities and postpone the renewal/re-application date by one year. It also provides the opportunity for the Agency to fund other researchers with more urgent needs.

For more information on the Discovery Grants program, contact the staff responsible for the program or send an email to

Research Tools and Instruments Program

If you wish to submit an application for a Research Tools and Instruments grant contact your research office for questions related to the university’s internal selection process.

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