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NSERC Discovery Grant Information for Queen’s Applicants

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Important information and updates this year

01 May 2020: NSERC's Memo to Potential Applicants 

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

July 2020: FAQ on Highly Qualified Personnel 

10 August 2020: FAQ on Discovery Grants 1-year extension with funds due to COVID-19 

Timeline for Queen's Applicants

Date and/or Time Description
07 July 2020 NSERC Discovery Letter of Intent Bootcamp for early career researchers and first time applicants

04 August 2020

8:00 PM

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

18 August 2020

10-11 AM

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

25 August 2020

10-11 AM

Summer Info Session 2: Proposal

01 September 2020

10-11 AM

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

Until 27 September 2020

Submission period for in-depth URS reviews: please send a draft of your CCV, proposal and/or application sections (partial drafts are welcome) before 27 September 2020, to the following:

Faculty of Health Sciences and Smith School of Business 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.

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

29 October, 2020

before Noon / 12:00 PM

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 02 November 2020

8:00 PM

Discovery applications officially due at NSERC.


Resources for Applicants - CCV Resources

Resources for Applicants - Full Application Stage

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 Applicants - NOI Stage

      Contact information

      Technical Support (for NSERC portal):

      For NSERC Portal: Email: | Telephone: 613-995-4273

      For CCV: Email: | Telephone: 613-954-1968 | Toll Free Telephone: 1-888-603-4178 

      Queen's URS contacts for Discovery Grant applicants:

      Dora or Kyle 


      NSERC Webinars

      Discovery Grant - How to complete an application

      Live Q&A for Sept 24, 2020

      Slide deck from the 2019 webinars

      Queen's Research Services Discovery Grant Information Sessions

      Use your Queen's netid to access:

      Edited by: DB on 23 September 2020 at 9 AM