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Discovery Grant Information for Queen’s Applicants

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May 1, 2020: NSERC's Memo to Potential Applicants

May 5, 2020: Message from NSERC to announce this year's Notice of Intent deadline: August 4, 2020

Timeline for Queen's Applicants
Date and location tbd Online info session for Queen's Discovery applicants with presentations from a current committee member and a successful applicant from the last competition
July 7, 2020 NSERC Discovery Letter of Intent Bootcamp for early career researchers and first time applicants

August 4, 2020

8:00 PM

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

August 18, 2020


Summer Info Session 1: Budget, Relationship to Other Funding, Summary and Sample Papers

August 25, 2020


Summer Info Session 2: Proposal

September 1, 2020


Summer Info Session 3: Most Significant Contributions, Additional Info Sections, HQP and EDI

July - September 2020


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

Faculty of Health Sciences and Business School applicants: please send a draft to

Applicants from FEAS: please send the draft to

Applicants from FAS: please send the draft to

Applicants are also highly encouraged to send their draft to several peers for review of the technical aspects of their proposal.

October 15, 2020 TRAQ deadline. Instructions for submitting a TRAQ DSS for a Discovery Grant Proposal

29 October, 2020

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.
Monday November 2, 2020 8pm

Discovery applications officially due at NSERC.


CCV Resources


Resources for the NOI stage


    Resources for Applicants - Full Application Stage (2019 version - documents will be updated after NSERC releases the changes for 2020 in August)

    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:

        Dora or Kyle 


        NSERC Webinars

        NSERC Live Q&A Session for NOI:

        Thursday, July 9, 2020; 1-2pm

        Discovery Grant Submission of an application

        Dates: tbd

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

        Open to: Members of the research community across Canada

        Link tbd

        Slide deck from the 2019 webinars

        Previous Queen's URS Discovery Grant Information Sessions

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