Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is a federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the natural sciences and engineering.
NSERC administers funding through the following programs:
- Chairs and Faculty Support Programs
- Research Tools and Instruments and Infrastructure Programs
For more more information and link to webinars, see resources below.
The Discovery Grant (DG) program provides research operating funds for researchers in the natural and engineering sciences.
Duration: 5 years
Discovery Grant Application Instructions
Applicants are encouraged to actively pursue the most suitable Grant Selection Committee (GSC) to review the grant proposals. Those whose research could be considered by multiple GSCs are encouraged to consult with experienced applicants in their discipline who share research interests. Applicants can also review NSERCs list of GSC Scientific Members to see which GSC has members in the appropriate fields. NSERC's list of contacts can also be very helpful for applicants trying to find the proper GSC.
Internal Proposal Deadline (TBD) - Submit the following to Research Services on or before the specified internal deadline (TBD):
- Completed My Research Application (MRA) with all required attachments (application and CCV) and approvals from your unit head or one-up, where applicable.
- Any additional documentation required to support your eligibility, i.e., letter of appointment.
Sponsor Deadline (TBD) - Submit your application through NSERC's Research Portal
(Please note: Submitting after 11 AM may reduce Research Services' ability to submit your application to NSERC by the 8PM deadline):
- Once application is finalized and completed, link your CCV to your application and verify.
- Submit to Research Services by clicking on the "Submit" button.
- Once received by Research Services, your application will be aproved and submitted to NSERC.
For full details, please see U of T Research Services' website.
The Innovate program funds applied research, including many types of collaborations and partnerships. There are several types of grants under this program:
- Alliance Missions grants
- Applied Research and Technology Partnership grants
- College and Community Innovation Program
- Calls for Collaborative Research Projects
- Idea to Innovation
- Synergy Awards for Innovation
- Collaborative Health Research Projects
The goal of this program is to increase the participation of women in science and engineering and to provide role models for women considering careers in these fields.
These grants support the establishment of applied research leaders and promote their role as catalysts in the advancement of business-focused applied research programs at colleges.
The Collaborative and Thematic Resources Support in Mathematics and Statistics (CTRMS) Program supports the development of research activities and fosters training and collaboration, within and among national or international (based in Canada) thematic resources in mathematical and statistical sciences.
Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment.
- Applicant Eligibility Requirements
- Official NSERC Grant Application Instructions
- Instructions for Completing the Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant
- Canadian Common CV – How to Complete NSERC’s Version
- NSERC Code Tables
- Connect with NSERC
U of T Research Services' website