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2015 Discovery Grant Information for Queen’s Applicants

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Applying this year? Please contact to be added to the mailing list so that you will get updates from NSERC, updates about info sessions, resource documents, etc. The Discovery Applicant Mailing list will start before the end of May.

IMPORTANT: Submission of the NOI by August 3 is MANDATORY -- no NOI, no application.

Recent NSERC Updates:
     - As of 2015, there will no longer be Discovery Team grants, only individual applications will be possible
     - The CCV now allows formatting (boldface etc.) in certain sections
     - They have made it easier to enter scientific symbols 

Resources for Applicants - NOI Stage

   Zipped slides from the June 10 info session for DG applicants (access with your Queen's netID or email if you don't have one)

    NSERC Instructions for the Discovery NOI form on the Portal

    NSERC video on how to fill out an NOI

    NSERC Instructions for the CCV

    NSERC FAQs for the Portal and the CCV

    NEW: Queen's Step-by-Step Guide to Completing a CCV (with lots of screenshots and detailed instructions for importing publications)

    Queen's URS FAQ for the NSERC CCV     

    Queen's URS FAQ for the NSERC Portal

    Merit Indicator Table that the Evaluation Group members use

    Score Sheet that the Evaluation Group members use

    Sheet with Useful Links:  Check them out -- instructions, statistics, videos, reference documents for the Evaluation Group members etc.

Additional Resources for the Full Application Stage

The application forms won't be available until fairly late in the summer, so just use the NSERC section-by-section instructions,

and prepare all the sections in a separate document until you are able to copy-paste them into the application form. The character counts mentioned in the instructions do not include spaces.

Best Practices for DG Applicants: Tips on how to fill out the application. [Updated July 22, 2015 to fix broken hyperlink problem]


Also worth checking out:

    Statistics for last year's Discovery Grants (including funding distribution in the various Evaluation Groups).

     NSERC's Peer Review Manual: Chapter 6 explains how your proposal will get evaluated, and even includes the score sheet the reviewers will use.

    Evaluation Group Members: see who is on the committee that will evaluate your proposal

Contact information:

URS Contact:

Vera Kettnaker, Research Projects Advisor 613-533-6000 x77314

NSERC Helpdesk (for CCV and portal):



Preliminary Timeline for Queen's Applicants

June 10, 10-11:30 a.m. in Biosciences 1102
Info-session for Discovery applicants presentations by Drs. Steve Hughes and Philip Jessop.

August 3, 2015, 8 p.m.

PIs have to submit a NOI and their CCVs on the NSERC portal. The NOI is MANDATORY.You will not be able to apply if you do not submit a NOI before Aug 3.

TBD, in early September

Info-session for Discovery applicants

July - September 25, 2015

PIs who wish to receive a review of their DG proposal by URS staff can email their proposal & various sections to Highly recommended for all applicants.

Thursday October 15, 2015

TRAQ DSS submitted by PI (2 weeks earlier if your resesarch is hospital-based)

Wednesday October 28, 2015

Last day for Queen's researchers to submit their proposal (all parts) on the NSERC Portal.

URS staff will do completeness/guideline checks on all proposals, as time permits.

Monday, November 2, 2015

DG proposals officially due at NSERC.



NSERC Webinars: Research Portal - How to Complete an Application

English Sessions
Dates Monday, June 22, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time 1 to 4 p.m. (ET)
Open to Members of the research community across Canada
Conference number 1-877-413-4788
Conference ID 5248493
Link This link will take you to another Web site

Previous Queen's URS Discovery Grant Information Sessions

Use your Queen's netid to access:

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000