Discovery Horizons Grant

NSERC is launching a pilot funding opportunity to support investigator-initiated individual and team projects that broadly integrate or transcend disciplines to advance knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE). Full applications submitted to this NSERC program will be reviewed by a tri-agency interdisciplinary peer review committee.

The Discovery Horizons program provides NSERC's entry-point to the tri-agency interdisciplinary peer review mechanism. It supports Discovery research projects that would significantly benefit from being assessed by a tri-agency interdisciplinary peer review committee, and aims to: 

  1. answer NSE research questions that are best addressed through interdisciplinary approaches
  2. advance NSE disciplines through cross fertilization and new ways of thinking about research questions, ideas and frameworks; approaches and methods; platforms, tools and infrastructure; people, partners and trainees
  3. provide leading-edge NSE training for highly qualified personnel (HQP) in interdisciplinary research environments

Discovery Horizons grants are expected to be between $50,000 and $100,000 per year. For this pilot year, NSERC is expecting to award 10 to 20 grants. 

Eligibility: Both individuals and teams may apply to the Discovery Horizons program. The applicant and any co-applicants must all be eligible to hold NSERC funding. One person must be designated to administer the grant. This person is the “applicant” and is responsible for completing and submitting the full application on behalf of the team. There are no requirements with respect to team size or composition. However, individuals are only allowed to participate in one Discovery Horizons application, as either applicant or co-applicant, per competition cycle. 

Duration: up to five years 

Amount: from $50K to $100K per year 

Deadlines: 

June 16, 2021 - Letter of intent due 

October 18, 2021 - full application deadline

Website: NSERC – Discovery Horizons (pilot) (nserc-crsng.gc.ca)

Upcoming Deadlines

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June 16, 2022June 16, 2022 *
16:00:00 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Discovery Horizons Grant NSERC is launching a pilot funding opportunity to support investigator-initiated individual and team projects that broadly integrate or transcend disciplines to advance knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE). The Discovery Horizons grants are expected to be valued from $50K to $100K per year and NSERC is expecting to award approximately 10-20 grants for this pilot year. LOI application is due June 15, 2021 and full applications are due by October 18, 2021. Kindly click on the funding opportunity link for more details. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.

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