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Memo to Potential Applicants of the 2018 Grants Competition

Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section

If you intend to submit an application to the 2018 Subatomic Physics Grants competition, you must submit a Subatomic Physics Notification of Intent to Apply (SAP NOI) to NSERC by the deadline of August 1, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. (ET) for Subatomic Physics Discovery (SAP-DG), Major Resources Support (SAP-MRS), and Category 2 or 3 Research Tools and Instruments (SAP-RTI) grant applications. NSERC will not accept an NOI after the deadline date.

The SAP NOI is mandatory. Researchers who do not submit a SAP NOI cannot submit a full application later in the fall. The information contained in the SAP NOI allows NSERC to start the review process (e.g., confirmation of assignment to the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section, selection of appropriate external reviewers, and determination of the most appropriate review mechanism for applications requesting major financial support).

Before Submitting a SAP NOI

You are encouraged to verify the balance of your current Subatomic Physics Discovery Grant account. If the available funds are sufficient to cover anticipated expenditures through the next fiscal year, you can request a deferral of installment 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.

Application Process

You must submit your SAP NOI and 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 SAP 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 SAP NOI to assist the research community. Consult the webinars page for the date. 

NSERC is actively engaged in increasing gender equity in its review processes to contribute to improved gender equality in science and engineering fields. Researchers are encouraged to indicate their sex in the Identification section of the CCV. This information is used for statistical purposes only and is not shared with reviewers.

Literature for Subatomic Physics Programs

Literature specific to all Subatomic Physics programs (Discovery, MRS, and RTI of all categories) is available on our website. Program descriptions are available in the Grants Programs Overview section of NSERC’s Program Guide for Professors. Instructions about application procedures are available in the Instructions section of the Research Portal. We encourage you to read the description of the program to which you intend to apply and the application instructions.

DND/NSERC Discovery Grant Supplement

The DND/NSERC Discovery Grant Supplement was launched in the 2017 competition. The joint initiative between the Department of National Defence (DND) and NSERC aims to support unclassified university-based discovery research dedicated to the development of non-weapon specific technologies with dual-use applications in defence and security target areas. Those researchers submitting Individual Subatomic Physics Discovery Grant applications will again be eligible for this supplement. To apply for a supplement you must indicate your interest in the application. Updated instructions will be available on the NSERC website when the full application is available in the Research Portal.

Important Information about the Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments Program

The application process for Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments applications remains the same.

For more information please contact Kim Bonnet, Program Officer responsible for SAP Programs, at or send an email to

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