Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

As of February 1, 2021 all new competitions which run through the External Grants Team will now include a 3-business day internal deadline requirement.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) maintains a number of recurring granting programs. Please visit our Funding Deadlines Calendar for information on current competitions and internal submission processes.

Discovery Grants : Promote and maintain a diversified base of high-quality research capability in Canadian universities, as well as provide a stimulating environment for research training. The annual fall Discovery Grant competition is the largest research funding competition in Canada.

Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) : Provides funding to university researchers for the acquisition of research tools and instruments. As this competition is quota based, there is an internal faculty election of applications to go forward in each competition. Details are announced each summer.

Alliance Grants:  Alliance grants encourage university researchers to collaborate with partner organizations, which can be from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. These grants support research projects led by strong, complementary, collaborative teams that will generate new knowledge and accelerate the application of research results to create benefits for Canada.


Alisha Kadam
Research Grants Officer
External Grants | Research Services