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2019 Discovery Grant Information for Queen’s Applicants

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to an intermittent issue with the Canadian Common CV website, the deadline for submitting the Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) for a Discovery Grant or Subatomic Physics Grant to NSERC has been extended to Tuesday August 6 at 8 PM (ET). NSERC will continue to monitor the system and provide updates as required. We encourage those unaffected by this issue to continue to submit their NOI

May 14 2019: Early Career Researcher (ECR) definition has been extended to the first 5 years of holding an independent academic position:


April 29, 2019 NSERC's Memo to Discovery Applicants

Timeline for Queen's Applicants

July 9, 1-4pm, Joseph S. Stauffer Library, Seminar Room 121 NSERC Discovery Letter of Intent Bootcamp for early career researchers and first time applicants

August 6, 2019

8:00 PM

PIs have to submit their NOI (including a CCV) on the NSERC portal. The NOI is MANDATORY.

August 8, 1 - 2:30 in Chernoff 211

August 15, 1 - 2:00 in Chernoff 211

August 21, 1 - 2:00 in Kinesiology 106

August 29, 1 - 2:30 in Kinesiology 106

September 5, 1 - 2:30 in Richardson Hall 340

Weekly Discovery sessions: 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.

August 8: Budget, scope of the proposed program, number of HQP, Gantt charts, expenses spreadsheet

August 15: Proposal

August 21: Most Significant Contributions and Additional Info sections

August 29: HQP sections

September 5: Relationship to Other Funding section, Summary, and Sample Papers

July - September 25, 2019


Submission period for in-depth 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

Applicants from 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, 2019 TRAQ deadline. Instructions for submitting a TRAQ DSS for a Discovery Grant Proposal

October 29, 2019

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 proposals, and we need enough time so that applicants can still fix any issues that our checks uncover.
November 1, 2019 8pm

Discovery applications officially due at NSERC.


CCV Resources

Resources for the NOI stage

  • NSERC slide deck from the webinars for NOI applicants.
  • 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 2020-2022 will be on the committee this year for certain. The ones with end date 2019 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

Resources for Applicants - Full Application Stage (still have to be updated for 2019)

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:


    Contact information:

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

    CCV Technical support: Telephone: 613-954-1968 Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178  Email:


    Queen's URS contacts for Discovery applicants:

    Vera, x77314 for all applicants

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


    NSERC Webinars for NOI applicants

    Discovery Grant - Submission of a Notification of Intent to Apply

    Dates: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    Tuesday, June 4, 2019
    Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Time: 1 to 3 p.m. (ET)

    Open to: Members of the research community across Canada


    Slide deck from those webinars

    Previous Queen's URS Discovery Grant Information Sessions

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