NSERC Discovery Frontiers – Call for Letters of Intent




NSERC is pleased to announce that the latest call for proposals through the Discovery Frontiers (DF) initiative has been launched. This third call for proposals is in the area of New Materials for clean energy and Energy efficiency.  Discovery Frontiers grants are initiatives that identify and capitalize on emerging key areas of research and innovation. Discovery Frontiers address national research priorities and global challenges by supporting a number of major new transformative and integrative activities. These initiatives will generate substantial impact from a one-time injection of funding for a defined period, addressing challenges and seizing leadership opportunities in areas of national importance. The DF initiative will bring together groups of researchers and will comprise teams that will generate substantial impact, for the benefit of Canada.


Academic appointments as per NSERC’s eligibility

Funding Availability

One award for $1M/yr. for 4 years totaling $4M

Indirect Costs

Not applicable

Internal Deadline

Full Application:  Further instructions from NSERC on submission details to be provided at the time of invitation; Applicant (PI) submits signed OR-5 along with application package to: research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

  • Letter of Intent: March 2, 2015 
  • External Deadline: July 3, 2015 Applicant (PI) submits application package as per NSERC’s  instructions  (see 'how to apply' section)

How To Apply

Principal applicant submits a letter of intent (LOI), to include a cover page (one page), a research proposal (maximum five pages) and biographical information on the team (maximum two pages). All documents should follow NSERC On-line presentation and Attachment standards. Please see the guidelines on what the cover page must include. The LOI should be saved as one Portable document format (PDF) document, and uploaded to NSERC’s secure portal. Applicants will be notified by May 4, 2015 if invited to apply.

Information for Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least 5 days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline. If it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 form).

For More Information

Please see further guidelines on NSERC’s website

For Questions, please contact

Emily Diepenveen
Discovery Frontiers
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 1H5

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