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NSERC PromoScience Program

Opportunity NamePromoScience Program
AgencyThe Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
ValueUp to $200,000/year
Indirect CostsIneligible
DurationUp to 3 years
Application due to FSc RO at for full review08-31-2022
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review09-08-2022
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review09-13-2022, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 09-15-2022, by 8:00PM

This program offers financial support for initiatives that promote the natural sciences and engineering to Canada's young people, particularly to groups such as girls and Indigenous peoples that are under-represented in scientific and engineering careers. It supports hands-on learning experiences for young students and their science teachers.

Grants may be used to cover improvements to program content or delivery, as well as for new programs and activities. Grants can also be used to cover operational costs such as salaries, travel, postage, materials and supplies, provided that they relate to the promotion of science and engineering. 

  • Post-secondary institutions will be limited to one PromoScience application per department.
  • Faculties that do not have departments will be limited to one application from that Faculty.
  • If multiple applications come in per department/Faculty, as applicable, the Faculty will select which applications go forward. Therefore, please notify your Faculty research office as soon as possible if you are interested in applying. 

How to Apply

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.


NSERC will be holding webinars for applicants and research administrators to provide information and answer questions about this program. 

English webinar — August 10, 2022 (1:00 – 2:30PM EST)

French webinar — August 11, 2022 (1:00 – 2:30PM EST)

For specific questions, please contact your FSc Research Officer

Stefanie Bernaudo
Research Officer
(Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Science & Technology Studies)

Phoebe Tsz-Wai Chan
Research Officer
(Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics)