Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

NSERC is one of the Tri-Council Agencies, along with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). All research that is funded by the Tri-Council Agencies must be in accordance with the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions. This agreement describes the basic requirements for obtaining and maintaining institutional eligibility to administer research funds. For a full listing of NSERC deadlines, please click here.


2021 Competition Deadlines

Funding Program

RSO Deadline**

Final version Submission in Research Portal

NSERC Deadline

U of A Approvals Required (obtained through RHP workflow)

Alliance Grant

 

5 business days

By 10am of the application submission day (in NSERC On-line System

Continuous intake

Yes

CREATE LOI U of A internal adjudication

Noon April 1st

Send materials to your Research Facilitator

 

n/a

No

CREATE LOI

April 26

Before 6 pm 

May 3

May 3

Yes

CREATE full application

Sept 15

10 am Sept 22

Sept 22

Yes

Discovery Horizon (pilot) Grant LOI

N/A

Before 6 pm June 15 (in the Convergence Portal)

June 15

No

Discovery Horizon (pilot) Grant

Oct 11

10 am Oct 18 (in the Convergence Portal)

Oct 18

Yes

Discovery Grants NOI

N/A

Before 6 pm Aug 2 (in the Research Portal)

Aug 2

No

Discovery Grants

Discovery Grants Northern Research Supplements

DND-NSERC Discovery Grant Supplements

Oct 20

10 am Oct 29
(in the Research Portal)

Nov 1

Yes

Idea to Innovation (I2I) Grant

5 business days

By 10am of the application submission day
(in NSERC On-line System)

Jan 5, Mar 29, Jun 28, Sep 27

Yes

Subatomic Physics RTI Category 1

Oct 18

10 am Oct 25 (in the Research Portal)

Oct 25

Yes

Subatomic Physics RTI Category 2 and 3 NOI


Subatomic Physics MRS NOI


Subatomic Physics Discovery Projects >$500,000/yr NOI

N/A

 

Aug 2

No

Subatomic Physics RTI Category 2 and 3


Subatomic Physics MRS


Subatomic Physics Discovery Projects >$500,000/yr

Sep 24

10 am Oct 1 (in the Research Portal)

Oct 1

Yes

RTI Category 1 (Application Checklist)

NSERC RTI External Co-applicant Confirmation Form

Oct 18

10 am Oct 25 (in the Research Portal)

Oct 25

Yes

NSERC Alliance Grants have replaced NSERC CRD, IRC, Engage, Connect, Strategic Partnership Grants programs which are now closed.

**Your faculty may have additional internal submission deadline requirements. Please contact your research facilitator for more information.

For a complete list of NSERC Application Deadlines and Notification of Decisions click here. If you have any questions, please contact your research facilitator.


Self-Identification Data Collection in Support of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

As of Summer 2018, NSERC is asking all applicants for funding competitions (grants, scholarships, and fellowships) to self-identify with information on age, gender, Indigenous identity, and status as a member of a visible minority group or person with a disability. The questionnaire was revised in May 2021 to reflect changes in legislation and as a result of the human rights settlement agreement pertaining to the Canada Research Chairs program. For more information please see Frequently Asked Questions about the Self-identification Questionnaire.