NSERC Science Communication Skills Grant

Updated Information

New Internal Deadline: from May 8, 2020 to June 8, 2020
New External Deadline: from May 15, 2020 to June 15, 2020


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


Science Communications Skills Grant


The Science Communication Skills grant (pilot) supports organizations providing science communication skills training to students, fellows, and faculty in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from Canadian postsecondary institutions. Training supported by the pilot grant will educate students and researchers in STEM on how to effectively communicate science to the public. NSERC encourages organizations to consider the needs of official-language minority communities in their area while developing activities, and to strive to have official documentation and promotional materials available in both official languages.

Applications must involve delivering such training to a relevant audience — students, fellows, and/or faculty in STEM from Canadian postsecondary institutions. The training in communication skills should be broad rather than restricted to a single advocacy issue.


Eligible Canadian organizations include:

  • registered non-profit organization
  • postsecondary institution
  • non-federal museum or science centre

Eligible activities include:

  • training workshops in science communication skills
  • mentorship activities
  • conferences, symposia or webinars
  • development of resources in tandem with delivery

Funds may be used for new activities or for improvements to content or delivery of existing activities. Training linked to course-work requirements (i.e., degree or diploma programs) is not eligible.  ​

Maximum Project Value

Applicants can request up to $20,000 in funding.

Applicants may receive additional funding and in-kind contributions from other sources, which must be detailed in the application.Grants can be used to cover operational costs, such as salaries, travel, materials, supplies or translation, as long as these are for training in science communication skills. Travel, meals and accommodation for participants in the activity are also an eligible expense. However, grants may not be used to support research.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

1 year.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit a PDF copy of the application, along with an OR-5 Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

Applications due to sponsor through the ICSP Secure Submission Site.

How to Apply

Submit your application electronically via the Secure Submission Site for NSERC’s Innovative Collaborations and Science Promotion Programs.  For both the Program and Competition selection drop downs, select Science Communication Skills. Combine all the parts of your application into a single document in Portable Document Format (PDF). Material or updates to your application received separately (before or after the deadline date) will not be accepted.

For more details on the funding program, how to apply, and the review process, please visit the program's website.

For Questions, please contact

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada


Office of Research

Vanessa Knox, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x53429

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