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NSERC Discovery Horizons Grants

Opportunity NameDiscovery Horizons Grants
AgencyNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Value$50,000 to $100,000/year
Indirect CostsIneligible
DurationUp to 5 years

Letter of Intent (LOI)

LOI due to FSc RO at for full review05-31-2024
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review06-07-2024
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review06-14-2024, by 10:00AM
LOI due at agency 06-14-2024

Final application

Application due to FSc RO at for full review10-03-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review10-10-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review10-18-2024, by 10:00AM
Application due at agency 10-18-2024

To support 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.


There are no requirements with respect to team size or composition. However, individuals are only allowed to hold or apply for one Discovery Horizons grant as either an applicant or co-applicant.

Additionally, individuals participating in a Discovery Horizons grant as an applicant or co-applicant cannot hold both a Discovery Grant and a Discovery Horizons grant, however, if the Discovery Grant expires in 2025 or are automatically extended without additional funds, the individual may apply for a Discovery Horizon grant.

How to Apply

NSERC will be hosting following two webinars for the third edition of the NSERC Discovery Horizons pilot program.

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at