The Discovery Grants (DG) Program supports ongoing programs of research with long-term goals, rather than a single project or collection of projects.
- Funding supports a five year program of research within natural sciences and engineering.
- Two-step application procedure; Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI, due August 1), Application (due November 1).
This page has been created as a "one-stop-shop" for UBC's natural science and engineering (NSE) researchers applying to the Discovery Grant Program. It will connect you to available DG support and resources aimed to increase the competitiveness of your application.
Application process using Research Portal.
- Two stage application process: mandatory NOI due August 1. View NOI instructions here.
- Full application due to NSERC November 1. Be aware of internal signature deadlines for the full application. No signatures required at the NOI stage. View full application instructions here.
- UBC Internal Deadlines for full Application: see detailed info here
- Evaluation is based on three equally-weighted Selection Criteria: 1) Scientific or Engineering Excellence of the Researcher, 2) Merit of the Proposal, and 3) Contribution to the Training of Highly Qualified Personnel.
- For further information consult the DG Peer Review Manual. *2018-2019 Version will be available in August*
- The application is scored by five committee members: first internal reviewer, second internal reviewer and three readers.
- The majority of your reviewers will not be an expert in your field. View list of evaluation group members here.
- Value of award is based on the assigned Quality Bin and Evaluation Group. Proposals are sorted into incremental funding bins based on the three selection criteria. Value and range of awards for each bin are found in the NSERC DG Competition Statistics reports.
- CWL-protected material is available, inlcuding workshop slides (NOI and full application, CCV completion), sample grants, and guidelines.
- DG Information Centre: FAQ's, Evaluation Indicators and Peer Review Manual.
- DG Resource Videos: Tips on Applying and Demystifying the Review Process.
- NSERC DG Overview: Funding opportunity overview, program objectives, evaluation and application process.
- Policy and Guidelines on the Assessment of Contributions to Research and Training
- Guidelines for the Preparation and Review of Applications in Engineering and the Applied Sciences, specifically 1. Excellence of the Researcher and 2. Merit of the Proposal.
- Guidelines for the Preparation and Review of Applications in Interdisciplinary Research.
- Research portal fact sheet and frequently asked questions.
Questions about the implementation of NSERC’s Research Portal or the CCV? Contact NSERC at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Guidelines, tips, and templates: A variety of documents to help you map out your proposal, conduct a self-evaluation, avoid common mistakes, learn strategic approaches, internal reviewer guidelines, application requirements and more! Some documents were built around Form 100 and Form 101 yet the content is still applicable.
- Past Workshop Materials: Powerpoint slide-decks plus audio from past workshops.
- Sample Grant Library: Some available online; all are available for viewing at controlled locations (i.e. SPARC, Okanagan ORS). Always be aware of new competition updates as these grants reflect past competitions.
SPARC offers a number of DG-related support services including informative workshops, peer-review opportunities as well as an in-depth reading and assessment of the full proposal and CCV. These services are open to all DG applicants, and are particularly recommended for Assistant Professors and those new to the NSERC DG process.
|Evaluation Group Roundtable||
Peer to Peer Review
Alexander Unterberger, SPARC, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Development Officer
Role with NSERC DG: Advice, EG roundtable, full review
Tim Salcudean, VPRI NSE Research Advisor
Role with NSERC DG: Advocacy and Advice
Grant Facilitation Network, **Faculty-based Research Support Personnel
Role with NSERC DG: May vary
Mika Johnson, SPARC, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Development Officer
Role with NSERC DG: on leave in 2017