NSERC Program Information In Relation to COVID-19 (Updated as of May 5, 2020)

NSERC continues to make adjustments to its operations as we monitor the evolution and impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We will continue to support our grants, scholarships and awards recipients, as well applicants, peer reviewers and employees. The situation continues to evolve rapidly, and we will make further adjustments as needed.

The granting agencies recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic may affect your work, your ability to conduct and review research, and your ability to prepare and submit publications or grant and scholarship applications. We understand that some research could be jeopardized or slowed down; the preparation of research and financial reports may be delayed; and meetings, events, and travel plans may also be affected. The Agencies will continue to support the research community as we adapt to these challenges.

Over the coming days and weeks, we will provide program-by-program specific information as we continue to monitor and evaluate adjustments to program application deadlines and the reporting of due dates, as needed. These will be communicated through the NSERC website with regular updates. We will continue to make adjustments and put in place additional measures as necessary. 

The information below will be updated on a regular basis. If you have any questions, please refer to NSERC’s Contact Us page.

Program-specific details

College and Community Innovation program (updated: May 5, 2020)

The new dates for the 18th Innovation Enhancement competition have now been posted. Please be sure to consult the revised literature for updates on program criteria. Should you have any specific questions or concerns about your existing Innovation Enhancement grant due to COVID-19 please contact Kelly Mezzetta-Calderin, Manager at NSERC.

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS D) (updated: May 4, 2020)

The 2020 CGS D competition will be launched July 29, 2020. No changes to 2020 application deadlines at this time (October 17 for direct applicants and November 21 for university applicants)

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (updated: May 4, 2020)

The launch of 2020 competition is postponed until June 1, 2020. The application deadline is set for October 1, 2020.

Other general program information

COVID-19 exceptions to Tri-agency post-award regulations for trainees (updated: May 4, 2020)

Training award recipients (master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral) may defer the start date of their award, or request an unpaid interruption of up to four-months for reasons related to the COVID-19 situation. For master’s and doctoral award holders, this can be adjusted to align with the next available start date (May 1, 2020; September 1, 2020; or January 1, 2021).

The agencies will continue to support training award holders who, given the challenges posed by the COVID-19 situation, can only devote part-time hours to their research. They may continue to hold their awards and will be paid at the full amount. The amount will not be prorated, and the end date of the award will remain unchanged.