NSERC – SAP Discovery Grants 2017




Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants – Individual, Projects

For More Information

Research Portal  

Program Information

Instructions for Completing an Application

Canadian Common CV - How to Complete NSERC’s Version

FAQ- Research Portal and CCV

Webinars - NSERC will be hosting webinars about Discovery Grants from 1- 4 p.m. ET on the following days:

Discovery Grant – Notice of Intent to Apply:

Thursday, June 23, 2016 and
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Discovery Grant – Submission of an application

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Visit NSERC’s Webinars page for more details and to register.


There are two types of SAP Discovery Grants: Individual and Projects. The SAP Discovery Grants Program supports on-going programs of research (with long-term goals) rather than short-term goals or a collection of unrelated projects. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances. Researchers are free to work in the mode most appropriate for the research area. 


Please refer to NSERC’s overall eligibility criteria. Applicants that have submitted an NOI on or before August 1, 2016 are eligible to apply. Faculty must hold a minimum three-year appointment (full-time, contract, or adjunct) in an academic position with a firm offer in writing at the time of application.  The NOI is a mandatory step in the application process.  Please note there are also restrictions on how many grants you may hold or participate in, which are outlined in the program description.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Five years.  Although a shorter duration can be requested, NSERC may award a grant of the normal duration. Projects are awarded for up to three years.

Special Notes

Applicant Categories
Applicants to the SAP Discovery Grant Program are categorized as either Early Career Researchers or Established Researchers. Refer to the Discovery Grants - Applicant Categories for more information.

Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS)

Evaluation Groups will review applications in accordance with the Discovery Grant criteria and will recommend a small number of applicants for an award according to the objective and description of the DAS Program. For more information, see the Discovery Accelerator Supplements Program – Frequently Asked Questions.

College-level Peer Review

The Colleges are offering opportunities for peer review. Please note the following Internal Application Deadlines for College-Level Peer Review:

College of Physical and Engineering Sciences (CPES):                       Contact ADR Deb Stacey

Internal Deadlines

Full application:

SAP Project applications requesting >$500,000: September 26, 2016 4:30 pm

SAP Individual, Projects: October 25, 2016 4:30 pm

Applicant submits a signed OR-5 to: Research.Services@uoguelph.ca. Applicant clicks “Submit” in the Research Portal so application is received by the Office of Research Services in the Research Portal.  Grants Officer will print the application from the Research Portal and submit the final application to NSERC.

External Deadline

Full Application:

SAP Projects > $500,000/yr. – October 3, 2016 8 pm (October 1 falls on a weekend so next working day applies)

SAP Individual, Projects <$500,000 - November 1, 2016 8 pm 

How to Apply

Notice of Intent to Apply: Applicants submit NOIs directly to NSERC via the Research Portal by August 1, 2016 8 p.m.  No OR-5 form or submission to Office of Research Services is required at the NOI Stage. 

Full Application

Sign in to the Research Portal to submit an application which must be linked to a completed NSERC Canadian Common CV (CCV) for each applicant and each co-applicant. 

For Questions, please contact

Kim Bonnet
Program Officer

Office of Research

Annette Clarke, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56927

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