NSERC Discovery Grants Information Session

Updated Information

June 12: The material from the NSERC events on June 11 is now available for download.  Single Sign-on is required.

June 11: for the afternoon webinar sessions of the Grant-writing advice from UofG researchers, Group A will use the same link as the morning sessions but Group B will be available at a separate link.

Monday June 11, 2018 10:00am to 2:30pm
UC 442

RSVP by June 4, 2018 to Patti Minakis (pminakis@uoguelph.ca). Please indicate what afternoon break-out session you will attend (GROUP A - Life Sciences or B- Physical Sciences). Please indicate if you also plan to attend the NSERC Community Engagement Visit, which occurs immediately preceding this event.

Note: space limits the number of participants to 60 people. Please register early.

Webinar participation available, proceed to webinar here.


The Office of Research Services, with participation from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) representatives and U of G faculty, is offering an information session on NSERC Discovery Grants (DG).


10:00am Coffee break/Networking

Introductory remarks NSERC Discovery Grants Information Sessions

Rebecca Hallett, Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, Ontario Agricultural College


NSERC Discovery Grant - Program overview and tips for preparing a strong application

Kenn Rankine, Program Officer, Environmental Sciences, NSERC

Topics will include overview of the NSERC Discovery Grant (DG) program and "how to" grant writing tips, followed by Question & Answer (Q & A) period.

12:00pm Lunch - provided by Office of Research Services

Discovery Grant preparation tips and overview of the NSERC Discovery Grant Adjudication Process

Presentation by UofG faculty who are members of NSERC Discovery Grant Evaluation Groups (EGs):

  • Aicheng Chen, Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Adrian Schwan, Professor, Department of Chemistry

Grant-writing advice from UofG researchers

UofG faculty, including members of NSERC EGs and successful awardees, will provide insight into the peer review process, the intricacies of specific EGs and tips for writing successful NSERC Discovery Grants. Learn about available support from the Office of Research Services. Brief presentations and panel discussion, followed by open Q & A.

Two parallel sessions:

GROUP A: Life Sciences Evaluation Groups (Location: UC 442)
Relevant to those applying to 1501, 1502, 1503

  • Glen Van Der Kraak - Associate Dean, Research, College of Biological Sciences (panel moderator)
  • Vladimir Ladizhansky - Professor, Department of Physics (EG 1501)
  • Janet Wood - Professor Emerita, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (EG 1501)
  • Elena Choleris - Professor, Department of Psychology (adjudicated by EG 1502)

GROUP B: Physical Sciences and Engineering Evaluation Groups (Location: UC 441)
Relevant to those applying to 1504-1512

  • Leonid Brown - Associate Dean, Research, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (panel moderator)
  • Aicheng Chen - Professor, Department of Chemistry (EG 1504)
  • Adrian Schwan - Professor, Department of Chemistry (EG 1504)
  • Simon Yang - Professor, School of Engineering (EG 1510)


All researchers and staff are also invited to also attend another session presented by NSERC immediately preceding this event:

NSERC Community Engagement Visit
Elizabeth Boston, Director, Mathematical, Environmental and Physical Sciences, NSERC
Time and Location: 8:45am - UC 442

For more information about NSERC Community Engagement Visit event please visit the event notice.

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