NSERC no longer holds regularly scheduled grants information sessions at universities and has adopted new ways to communicate program information, application procedures and details on the peer review process to prospective applicants.
For example, two videos have been developed and are now available in the Professors section of this Web site. These videos and other resources enable researchers to access information 24/7 at their convenience, rather than attending a single session that may not fit into their schedules. While the new communication strategy emphasizes Web-based content, NSERC staff continue to be available to respond to specific questions.
NSERC staff also continue to hold information sessions at scientific society meetings as the agenda of those meetings permits. In some cases, their travel schedule may permit them to offer the same presentation on campus. Staff members may also be available to participate by teleconference in sessions organized by universities themselves.
These sessions are targeted to researchers and administrators, and are especially beneficial for new faculty members. The topics covered include:
The following presentation summarizes the key elements of the evaluation of applications submitted to the NSERC Discovery Grants Program. For more complete information, researchers are invited to consult the instructions for this program and the Peer Review Manual.