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NSERC announces new Discovery Horizons Grants

1 June 2021 @ 10:00 am

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) recently announced a new Discovery Horizons Grants funding opportunity to support interdisciplinary investigator-initiated research to advance knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE). Full applications submitted to this program will be reviewed by a tri-agency interdisciplinary peer-review mechanism.  A summary is provided below. 


To support Discovery research projects that would significantly benefit from being assessed by a tri-agency interdisciplinary peer review committee, and aim to: 

  1. Answer natural sciences and engineering (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 


Individuals are only allowed to participate in one Discovery Horizons application, as either an applicant or co-applicant, per competition cycle. 


$50K - $100K per year 


Up to 5 years 


Letter of Intent (LOI) due at ORS for full review Tuesday, June 1, 2021 
LOI and fully signed ORS Checklist due at ORS for required review No later than 12noon on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 
LOI due at agency Tuesday, June 15, 2021 
Full application due at ORS for full review Friday, October 1, 2021 
Full application and fully signed ORS Checklist due at ORS for required review No later than 9:00am on Monday, October 18, 2021 
Full application due at agency (by invitation only) Monday, October 18, 2021 
For full details about this funding opportunity and how to apply please visit the following webpage: