Internal Deadline for RTI: October 9, 2012
Internal Deadline for DG: October 15, 2012.
There is no review or internal deadline for NOIs
** Change in Application Procedures – Form 180 mandatory **
The Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant (Form 180) is now mandatory when applying for a Discovery Grant and it must be submitted by August 1. Applicants who do not submit a Form 180 will not be eligible to Submit an Application for a Grant (Form 101) in the fall.
In addition, NSERC is reinforcing its policy on deadlines. Forms 180 and 101 will not be accepted after their respective deadline dates.
If you do not intend to apply this year, please let us know by sending an e-mail before August 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org , with your name, Personal Identification Number (if available), department and institution name.
Application for a Grant (Form 101) and Instructions
The Budget Justification is limited to two pages (except for grant applications in Subatomic Physics) and there is now a dedicated section for describing the plan for the training of highly qualified personnel (HQP). Please read the instructions carefully before completing your application. Up-to-date literature and application forms (Forms 100 and 101) will be available on NSERC’s Web site in early August.
New Communication Tool for Discovery Grants
NSERC is using new ways to communicate program information and details about the peer review process to prospective applicants. Two videos have been developed and are available in the Professors section of NSERC’s Web site.
Peer Review System
Further to the recommendations from the International Review of Discovery Grants and the Grant Selection Committee Structure Review, NSERC has introduced major changes to its peer review system for Discovery Grants:
A Conference Model for the peer review of its Discovery Grant applications. The Grant Selection Committees have been replaced by Evaluation Groups – refer to the List of Evaluation Groups and Research Topics for more details, as you will be required to suggest the Evaluation Group that is most appropriate to review your research proposal.
Since the 2009 competition, the decoupling of the assessment of Discovery Grant applications from the previous grant held by the applicant. A two-staged approach was introduced: a) rating of all applications based on the three merit criteria (excellence of the researcher, merit of the proposal and contributions to the training of highly qualified people), and b) assignment of a funding level to each merit category – refer to the News Release on this new approach.
Research Tools and Instruments
We would also like to remind you that the deadline date for the receipt of Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grant applications is October 25. This will be the last year for this competition.