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2017 Discovery Grant Information for Queen’s Applicants

August 9, 2017: NSERC has updated the Discovery Instructions and the definition of Early Career Researcher. Application forms are now available on the NSERC Portal.

May 17, 2017: NSERC has updated the instructions for the CCV. If you are re-cycling a CCV from previous years, please re-read the instructions to make sure you comply with the current set of rules.

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Timeline for Queen's Applicants

June 5, 10am
Dunning Hall 12

Discovery Grant Info Session: highly recommended for all applicants

Dr. Rowe's slides URS slides Dr. Magoski's slides

Newly hired faculty without a Queen's netID can email to get a copy of these slides and/or the Best Practic document.

August 2, 2017, 8 p.m. PIs have to submit their NOI (including a CCV) on the NSERC portal. The NOI is MANDATORY.
Wed afternoons in August, starting August 9 in Kinesiology 101, 1-4pm Drop-In Discovery Writing Sessions with short (10-15 min) tutorial at the beginning of each session, and URS staff in attendance August 9, 23,30 for answering questions.
Sept 6, 1-4pm, Ellis 218 Last Discovery Writing Session with URS staff (note different location)
August 30, Sept 21 & Sept 27, 1-3pm NSERC webinar for the full application stage

Slides of the August 30 webinar

August - Sept 25

Submission period for URS reviews: please send a draft of your proposal and/or application sections (partial drafts are fine) to the following:

For Faculty of applied science and engineering applicants: please send the draft to

For all other faculties: please send the draft to:

The earlier you send your draft to URS the better. If you send us an early draft we can probably do a second review later, and it's totally fine to send a partial draft, or to send us bits and pieces as you finish them. After Sept 25 we will still attempt to provide some feedback, but will have significantly less time to spend on each application the closer it gets to the deadline.
Applicants are also highly encouraged to send their draft to several peers for review of the technical aspects of their proposal.

Oct 18, 2017 TRAQ DSS Deadline: applicants who are not hospital based should submit a TRAQ DSS with attached proposal draft and budget by October 18. Hospital-based applicants have to submit it by October 5.
Friday Oct 27, 2017 Mandatory Submission Deadline: all applicants have to submit their application on the NSERC Portal by that date, the earlier the better. URS has to do extensive checks on all 80+ proposals, and we need enough time so that applicants can still fix any issues that the URS checks uncover.
November 1, 2017

Discovery applications officially due at NSERC.

Resources for Applicants - Full Application Stage

New since 2016: this year's DG applicants are eligible to apply for a $120,000 supplement if their research is defense-related, see the following webpage for details:
Contact email for questions about the DND supplement is:

CCV Resources

Queen's URS FAQ for the NSERC Portal


Resources for the NOI stage


Contact information:

URS Contact:

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

NSERC Technical Support (for CCV and portal):




NSERC Webinars for applicants

  Discovery Grant - Submission of an application

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Time 1 to 3 p.m. (ET)
Open to Members of the research community across Canada
Link This link will take you to another Web site

NSERC slides of the September 22 2016 webinar

Previous Queen's URS Discovery Grant Information Sessions

Use your Queen's netid to access: