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2018 Discovery Grant Information for Queen’s Applicants

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New: Sept 10 2018 NSERC message regarding increased character limits

May 8, 2018 NSERC's Memo to applicants highlighting program changes
Newly updated May 9 2018: Queen's Step-by-Step Guide to Completing a CCV

Timeline for Queen's Applicants

June 14, 2018

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

BioSciences 1102

Queen's June Discovery Grant Info Session
Slides from this info session: URS slides   Neil Magoski's presentation  Xiaodan Zhu's presentation

August 1, 2018

8:00 PM

PIs have to submit their NOI (including a CCV) on the NSERC portal. The NOI is MANDATORY.
August 7 -  September 4

Weekly Discovery sessions, Tuesdays: brief tutorial at the beginning, the rest of the session URS staff will answer questions of the applicants on any aspect of Discovery applications, and/or help troubleshoot issues that an applicant has run into. Schedule of topics:
August 7: 15 min tutorial on planning HQP and budget, the rest of the time is for any kind of questions and individual trouble-shooting
August 14: 15 min tutorial on the Proposal, the rest of the time is for questions and individual trouble-shooting
August 21: 15 min tutorial on the Most Sign. Contributions and Additional Info sections, rest for questions and trouble-shooting
August 28, in Nicol 321: 1-3pm broadcast of NSERC webinar, 3-4:30 pm 15 min tutorial on the HQP sections, rest for questions and trouble-shooting
Sept 4, in Nicol 321, 2-3:30pm: 15 min tutorial on the Rel to Other Funding section, summary, and attached papers. Rest for questions and trouble-shooting.
Questions about the sessions? Email one of the Queen's URS contacts, see below for contact information.

August 28, Sept 20, Sept 25 NSERC webinars for Discovery applicants (full application): 1-3pm, link to connect

July - September 24, 2018


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

Faculty of Arts & Science applicants: please send a draft to

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

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 the review deadline 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.

October 15, 2018 Instructions for submitting a TRAQ DSS for a Discovery Grant Proposal

October 29, 2018

before noon

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 90+ proposals, and we need enough time so that applicants can still fix any issues that the URS checks uncover.
November 1, 2018

Discovery applications officially due at NSERC.


CCV Resources

Resources for Applicants - Full Application Stage (updated summer 2018)

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:


Resources for the NOI stage

  • First time applicants should read the program description to understand the purpose and scope of Discovery grants. Feel free to ask any of the URS RPAs (see contacts below) to meet with you if you would like to discuss the concept for your Discovery proposal and/or discuss how to address feedback on declined proposals for a resubmission.
  • Guidelines to determine which research areas are eligible for NSERC vs. CIHR, SSHRC:Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency. For health-related research, please also read the 2015 addendum very carefully so that you understand what part of your research would be a good fit for NSERC.
  • NSERC Instructions for the Discovery NOI form
  • NSERC video on how to fill out an NOI
  • When choosing your list of suggested reviewers, please avoid listing people who are on "your" Evaluation Group committee (they would not be able to serve as external reviewers). You can see each committee's member list here.The members with end date 2019 or 2020 will be on the committee this year for certain. The ones with end date 2018 may be asked to stay on for longer, or they may be replaced (most common). The new membership lists for the various committees are updated over the summer. Some committees will be updated before the NOI is due, some after the NOI deadline.
  • Don't list anybody as a suggested reviewer who has a conflict of interest e.g., nobody from Queen's, no supervisor or trainee of yours, nobody you've collaborated, published or shared funding with

Contact information:

NSERC Technical Support (for CCV and portal): | 613-995-4273

Queen's URS contacts for Discovery applicants:

Vera, x77314 for all applicants

Hakan, 613-929-2064, for applicants from the Faculty of Arts & Science

Alex, 613-453-3447, for applicants from the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science


NSERC Webinars for applicants

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Time1 to 3 p.m. (ET)

Open to Members of the research community across Canada



Previous Queen's URS Discovery Grant Information Sessions

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