Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) - Discovery Horizons

Discovery Horizons grants support investigator-initiated individual and team projects that broadly integrate or transcend disciplines to advance knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE). Full applications submitted to this NSERC program will be reviewed by a This link will take you to another Web site tri-agency interdisciplinary peer review committee.

In partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), NSERC is piloting this interdisciplinary peer review mechanism. The shared peer review committee will assess all full applications submitted to NSERC’s Discovery Horizons program, as well as relevant applications submitted to SSHRC’s Insight Grants and CIHR’s Project Grants programs.

In the context of this funding opportunity, the term “interdisciplinary” should be understood to fully encompass all research that connects, crosses or falls in between the traditional disciplines of the three agencies, including transdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, convergence research and other approaches at the interface.

Discovery Horizons grants are expected to be valued from $50K–$100K per year and will be commensurate to the size of the research team. For this pilot year, NSERC is expecting to award approximately 10–20 grants.

Important Dates

Important Dates

Related Information

June 9, 2022 Research Services Letter of Intent (LOI) review deadline (optional). Submit a pdf copy of the LOI (generated from the NSERC site) to the appropriate Research Projects Advisor by 11:59 pm on June 9, 2022.
June 16, 2022 NSERC deadline for Letter of Intent submission
October 11, 2022 Queen's Internal deadline for mandatory application review (if invited to apply).
October 18, 2022 NSERC deadline for the full application (by invitation only).



Technical Support (for NSERC portal):

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Queen's Contact Information for Discovery Horizons Grant applicants:

Dora Baczyk
Research Projects Advisor
for researchers in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Smith School of Business

Bei Cai
Research Projects Advisor
for researchers in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science 

Adam Jeziorski
Research Projects Advisor
for researchers in the Faculty of Arts and Science