Discovery Grant

Key Aspects

Intended Recipients

Researchers conducting an ongoing, long-term research program within the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) 




Up to five years

Who can help me?

For more information about this grant, please visit Research Partner Network website.


Notification of Intent (NOI)

  • RAS Internal Review Deadline
  • NSERC Deadline
    • August 1, 2023, at 6:00 pm MST.

Full Application

  • RAS Internal Review Deadline
    • October 20, 2023, at 4:30 pm MST
    • Register
  • Final Version Submission Deadline
    • October 31, 2023 at 10:00 am MST
    • Register
  • NSERC Deadline (RAS must forward the application to NSERC)
    • November 1, 2023 at 6:00 pm MST


The Discovery Grants program supports ongoing, long-term research programs within NSERC's mandate and funding principles. Recipients have the flexibility to expand and pursue new research interests. For more information, visit the competition homepage or contact the affiliated Research Partner.

Please notify the affiliated Research Partner if you decide to withdraw from the competition after submitting your NOI.

Discovery Grant Website

Visit Discovery Grant (DG) program website for full details or contact DG at

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Research Development Supports Available for this Competition

Roundtable Sessions with NSERC Evaluators

Discover valuable insights into the NSERC Discovery Grant evaluation process through roundtable discussions hosted by the Research Partner Network. During these sessions, experienced U of A researchers, who are active members of NSERC Discovery Grant Evaluation Groups, will share their knowledge and experience on:

  • How the NSERC Discovery Grant evaluation process works
  • What constitutes a successful application
  • Best practices to potentially increase your ranking
  • Pitfalls to avoid in writing a successful Discovery Grant

2023 roundtable sessions are scheduled in May and June. Visit the U of A Workshops and Events page for specific dates and registration information.

Samples of Successful Discovery Grant LOIs and Full Applications

Samples of successful LOIs and full applications from previous Discovery Grant competitions are available in the GRANT library for reference. To receive access to these samples, please fill out the request form.

Note that these samples reflect past competitions, so it's important to check the latest NSERC guidelines for current requirements. Please refrain from duplicating or distributing the sample applications. 

NSERC Resources

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