NSERC Discovery Grants – 2022 Competition

The Discovery Grants Program supports ongoing research programs with long-term goals rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances. Discovery Grants are considered “grants in aid” of research. They provide long-term operating funds and can facilitate access to funding from other programs but are not meant to support the full costs of a research program.

Only faculty members who submitted a Notice of Intent to apply on August 3, 2021, can submit a full application in October/November 2021. 


Please note the following deadlines related to this year’s Discovery Grants:

  • October 4*: Attach a solid draft of your grant application to a Research Proposal Form on the Bridge -- the Department Chair, the Dean, and the Vice-President for Research will review and approve the proposal. A working PDF copy can be saved from the NSERC Research Portal and uploaded to the Research Proposal Form. Please also include a copy of your CCV. Sola Fasunwon (ORIS Grants Facilitator) will read and provide feedback on your draft at that time (or earlier is undoubtedly welcome – feel free to send Sola a draft anytime in advance).

* Please check with your department Chairs regarding any department-level deadlines and internal review processes.

**Actual NSERC deadline is November 1; however, to ensure the applications are adequately forwarded to NSERC before the specified date and time, ORIS encourages applicants to submit their final applications by October 29.

Kindly inform Sola if your intent to apply for funding in this year’s competition has changed since your NOI was submitted.


Due to COVID-19, NSERC has pre-recorded videos and will host live Q & A sessions.

Participants are asked to view the pre-recorded videosbefore attending a live Q&A session, as the material presented in the videos will not be repeated. You can find the dates and times for the live Q & A sessions here.

You may also contact me for the ORIS workshop resources.

Important note: You require a CCV at the Full Proposal stage. This year, ORIS is unable to provide CCV or UNIWeb support.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming Discovery Grant competition, don't hesitate to contact Sola Fasunwon (sola.fasunwon@uleth.ca) in the Office of Research and Innovation Services.


Read and follow the instructions for completing an application and NSERC’s version of the CCV. Information that does not conform to the instructions will not be used for peer review, and the application may be rejected.




Sola Fasunwon | sola.fasunwon@uleth.ca | (403) 329-2101