Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grants

May 22, 2015

The NSERC Discovery Grants Program supports ongoing programs of research (with long-term goals) rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. Discovery Grants are considered ‘grants in aid’ of research as they provide long term operating funds to support the costs of a research program.

Eligibility: Applicants to the Discovery Grants Program must apply with a program of research that is eligible under NSERC’s mandate, which is to promote and assist research in the natural sciences and engineering, other than health. The intended objectives of the research program must be, primarily, to advance knowledge in the natural sciences or in engineering.

The Notice of Intent (NOI) for Discovery Grants is now available in the Research Portal. The NOI is a mandatory step and applicants who don’t submit an NOI cannot submit a full application in the Fall. Please consult the NOI instructions for assistance.


  1. Monday, August 3rd @ 8PM ET – NSERC NOI deadline. B. The NOI deadline of August 1st is a Saturday so the deadline automatically defaults to the next business day.  August 3rd is not a federal holiday and NSERC is open for support.
  2. Monday, October 26th – at 5PM – Western RD&S ROLA and application deadline (mandatory).
  3. Monday, November 2nd at 2PM –  NSERC deadline (mandatory).  B. The application deadline of November 1st falls on a Sunday so the deadline automatically defaults to the next business day.

**Please note that faculties/departments will have their own internal deadlines.  Please consult your faculty research office for more information.

A Common CV (CCV) is required at the NOI stage. If you have not completed a CCV before, please be aware that it will take a significant amount of time so be sure to plan accordingly.

The Discovery Grant-Team competition is no longer available.

FAQs for submitting your NOTICE OF INTENT

How many EGs/research topics should I choose?  Select your primary Evaluation Group (EG) and use the full list of EGs and research topics.  The NOI is used to effectively align reviewer(s) with application(s).  If reviewers aren’t available or you don’t select any other research topics, then NSERC will decide where your application best fits when forming the EGs.

Can my title or my summary change after the NOI?  The title and summary can change between the NOI and the full application, keeping in mind that NSERC has chosen reviewers for your application based on what was submitted in the NOI.

Does the NOI go to Western first?  No, the NOI goes straight to NSERC when you “submit”.  This is different from the full NSERC Discovery Grant application in the Fall which is sent to Western first for approval.

Do I need a ROLA for the NOI?  No, a ROLA is not required for the NOI.  However, a completed ROLA with Chair/Dean approvals is required by Research Western to forward an application to NSERC. If you are renewing your NSERC Discovery Grant this year, a ROLA will be created for you after August 3rd.

I’m deferring my Discovery Grant renewal until next year. Should I alert NSERC?  Yes. If you intend to defer your renewal application for another year (i.e. apply Fall 2016), send an email to NSERC-Discovery Grants at – or alternatively the program officer for your Evaluation Group (EG) – with a cc to  Provide your name, department and EG# (e.g.  ‘EG#1501 Genes, Cell and Molecules’), and indicate that you are NOT applying this Fall.   A contact list for each EG with phone numbers is available online.

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Information Session – June 1

May 22, 2015

NSERC Information Session

Lise Désabrais
NSERC Program Officer

Monday June 1st, 2015
Spencer Engineering Building, Room 2100

 Everyone is welcome.

The presentation will include the following topics:

  1.  NSERC updates for 2014-2015 competition cycle
  2. NSERC program changes for the 2015-2016 competition year
  3. Application process for Fall 2015 NSERC Discovery Grant

Lise has a background in computer science and has been working at NSERC for the past 25 years. Working as a Program Officer in the Research Grants Division; Lise is responsible for administering the Discovery Grants program for EG 1512 (Mechanical Engineering). She has also worked in the Scholarships and Fellowships Division as well as Finance at the Tri-Councils where she provided assistance with the financial monitoring of different Canadian universities.

Kathy Hibbert – Keeping Lessons of Fukushima Alive

May 21, 2015

Featured in Western News, May 21, 2015:

“Education professor Kathryn Hibbert recently travelled to Japan to work in collaboration with hospitals, governments and physician educators to ensure lessons learned at Fukushima find a way into future classrooms.”  Read the full story…

Math + Coding Symposium at the Faculty of Education

May 20, 2015

Western Education’s Dr. George Gadanidis, Dr. Immaculate Namukasa and Dr. Donna Kotsopolous of Wilfrid Laurier University are hosting a 3-day Math and Coding symposium June 19-21. Information about the 3 keynote speakers is attached You can find more information about the symposium, including how to register, at

Faculty Research Development Fund – Call for Applications

May 19, 2015

The Faculty Research Development Fund (FRDF) awards, funded by the VP Research, are to strengthen SSHRC-related research by supporting the cost of small research projects, research groups and/or conference travel.

Amount: Recommended maximum award is $5,000.

Faculty of Education Research Office: Monday, June 15, 9:00 am (for 2015 only) (if you wish to have feedback on your application – 1 week prior)

Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time faculty members of the Faculty of Education, and must hold an eligible academic research appointment at Western. Faculty members may not hold, as the principal investigator, more than one FRDF grant simultaneously. SSHRC’s Subject Matter Eligibility guidelines apply to this funding opportunity.

Guidelines and application form in MS Word format.

ROLA  is not required at the application stage but successful applicants will be asked to complete an application once the results have been announced.

Learning Network Newsletter

May 13, 2015

Issue 12: Intimate Partner Violence in Rainbow Communities
In this issue the Learning Network explores the benefits of an intersectional approach for understanding IPV in LGBT relationships and how the experiences of LGBT survivors may differ from other IPV survivors.  Learn about barriers to services for LGBT survivors and their abusive partners, as well as what practice competencies help to reduce barriers.  Included are descriptions of and links to LGBT organizations/networks and a range of resources (e.g. for allies, for trainers, for Deaf Queer Womyn, for immigrants and refugees, for youth).

Access the Newsletter here…

CIHR 2015 Foundation Scheme Pilot: Registration Process for Western

May 13, 2015

Registration Window
Registration for the CIHR Foundation Scheme 2015 2nd Live Pilot is now open. The Registration window is May 4, 2015 through to the Registration deadline of July 27, 2015.

How to Register
Applicants are required to register to the CIHR Foundation Scheme 2015 competition via ResearchNet. Step-by-step “task” instructions on how to prepare and submit your complete Registration can be found here.

Applicants will need:
a ResearchNet account
a CIHR PIN in ResearchNet
a Common CV account (and a CIHR Foundation Registration Common CV)

For the Registration phase of this competition:

  • A ROLA is NOT required.
  • When you submit your Registration through ResearchNet, it will go directly to CIHR.

Please review eligibility criteria for this opportunity. If you are unsure of your eligibility to register for this opportunity, please contact one of the individuals below.

Natalie Szudy (Western),, x85301
Louise Kilianski (Western),, x86098

*Further information regarding the Stage 1 application process will be distributed shortly.


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