An appeal of a decision on an NSERC grant application must be based on a compelling demonstration of error or procedural unfairness in the review process. The appeal procedure is designed to ensure that the applicant has been treated fairly and consistently in the context of a program that has limited funds. NSERC strives to provide equitable treatment of applications and fair assessments in accordance with the selection criteria and existing budgetary constraints.
The following principles apply to appeals:
The appeal process may vary according to the program, or under special circumstances. Appeals may be reviewed by external appeal advisors who are senior members of the research community with experience in NSERC peer review. The final decision on an appeal is made by NSERC. Appeals are normally resolved within two to three months after they are received by NSERC. For more information, contact the appropriate program officer.