Read the program description in the Program Guide for Professors before you complete the application.
The applicant must complete an Application for a Grant (Form 101) and include all required documentation using the On-line System. In addition, the Personal Data Form (Form 100) must be completed by the applicant.
You are responsible for submitting a complete application that conforms to the presentation standards established by NSERC. Incomplete applications and applications that do not meet the presentation standards may be rejected, or be at a disadvantage, in comparison with those that are complete and respect the presentation standards. Where page limits are stated, pages in excess of the number permitted will be removed.
For more information, read the NSERC On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards.
Your application must be received at your institution’s research grants office by their internal deadline date; contact your research grants office for those deadlines.
For programs with deadlines, the application must be received at NSERC by 8:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on the deadline. If it is not received by the deadline, it will be considered late and will be rejected.
The collection, use and disclosure of personal information provided to NSERC are outlined in the following policy statements:
The information you provide in your application is collected under the authority of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Act. NSERC is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act (ATIP). The information you provide is stored in a series of NSERC data banks described in Info Source.
Title of proposal
The title will be used for publication purposes. It should describe the subject of the research to be supported. It should not contain a company or trade name. Spell out scientific symbols and acronyms.
Enter the time (in hours per month) to be devoted to research and research-related activities (e.g., outreach) directly associated with the North.
Research subject codes
Consult the NSERC Code Tables. All applicants are required to select a primary research code.
Provide a maximum of 10 key words that describe the proposal.
The summary is intended to explain the proposal in language that the public can understand.
Using simple terms, briefly describe the nature of the work to be done. Indicate why and to whom the research is important, the anticipated outcomes and how your field and Canada will benefit.
If you wish, you may also provide a summary in the other official language in the text box identified for that purpose.
Before completing this page, read the instructions and consult the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide for information about the eligibility of expenditures for the direct costs of research and the regulations governing the use of grant funds.
Use the Budget Justification section to explain and justify each budget item.
Northern Research Supplements are normally for the same duration as your Discovery Grant. A detailed budget justification should be provided for each year.
Using a maximum of two pages, provide a detailed explanation and justification for each budget item identified in the Proposed Expenditures page. Provide sufficient information to allow reviewers to assess whether the resources requested are appropriate. These pages should only contain information pertinent to the budget.
Costs associated with work in the North
Provide an outline of the logistical expenses that you expect to incur, due to the high costs of undertaking your research in the North in the context of the duration spent in the North. The onus is on the applicant to justify how these costs are unique to conducting research in the Canadian North. Note that student stipends and research personnel salaries are not an eligible expense.
Equipment or facility
Give a breakdown of the items requested, models, manufacturers, prices, and applicable taxes. Justify each item requested.
Note: While the Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program provides the primary avenue through which to obtain support for tools and instruments costing more than $7,000, equipment of any value can be purchased using Discovery funding.
Fees to be paid for the use of equipment or a facility in the North should be described (e.g., hours and rate).
Materials and supplies for use in the North
Provide details and explain major items.
Travel to and from the North only
Explain briefly how each activity relates to the proposed research.
Dissemination, outreach and interaction with northerners
Provide details of publication costs, user workshops or other activities undertaken in the North.
List all items not relevant to previous categories and provide a brief explanation for major items. All additional costs should be related to undertaking research or research-related activities in the North.
See Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency and Addressing Other Sources of Funding for additional information.
Any relationship and/or overlap, conceptual or financial, with work supported by NSERC or other funding sources must be explained.
Use an additional page to provide the following information:
The onus is on the applicant to provide sufficient information to enable the reviewers to evaluate the relationship between this application and other sources of support, the incremental value of additional support from the program, and to recommend the appropriate NSERC funding level.
The consequence of not providing adequate information to assess the relationship to other research support is that the reviewers may recommend reduced or no funding.
Use the guidelines outlined in the NSERC On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards to provide the requested information in a document to be attached to the application.
Follow the instructions and address the selection criteria for the Discovery Grant - Northern Research Supplement program. Using a maximum of three single-sided pages:
NSERC does not require original signatures on applications or other documents submitted electronically through its On-line System. The electronic submission of applications through this system represents approval and replaces the traditional "physical" or "wet" signatures. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions in the Program Guide for Professors for more details.
Before you, as an applicant can submit your application to NSERC or link your Personal Data Form to an application, you must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of Applying that appear in a pop-up window during the submission process. It is your responsibility to retain a copy of the agreed Terms and Conditions for your records.
If you are both the applicant and a principal of a collaborating organization, another senior official must sign on behalf of the organization.
NOTE: Pages in excess of the number permitted will be removed.