Form 101 - Instructions
Discovery Grant - Northern Research Supplement
About the Program
Read the program description in the Program Guide for Professors before you complete the application.
Who Completes the Application?
The applicant must complete the application and include all required documentation using the On-line System. In addition, the Personal Data Form (Form 100) must be completed by applicants and co-applicants and linked to the application form.
You are responsible for submitting a complete application that conforms to the presentation standards established by NSERC. Incomplete applications and applications that do not meet the presentation standards may be rejected, or be at a disadvantage, in comparison with those that are complete and respect the presentation standards. Where page limits are stated, pages in excess of the number permitted will be removed.
For more information, read the NSERC On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards.
Your application must be received at your institution’s research grants office by their internal deadline date; contact your research grants office for those deadlines.
For programs with deadlines, the application must be received at NSERC by 5:00 p.m. local time (at your location) on the deadline date. If it is not received by the deadline, it will be considered late and will be rejected. Application deadlines are indicated in each of the program descriptions, as well as on the Application Deadlines and Notification of Decision page.
Material or updates received under separate cover (before or after the deadline date) will not be accepted.
The collection, use and disclosure of personal information provided to NSERC are outlined in the following policy statements:
The information you provide in your application is collected under the authority of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Act. NSERC is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act (ATIP). The information you provide is stored in a series of NSERC data banks described in Info Source.
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Title of Proposal
The title will be used for publication purposes. It should describe the subject of the research to be supported. It should not contain a company or trade name. Spell out scientific symbols and acronyms.
Enter the time (in hours per month) to be devoted to research and research-related activities (e.g., outreach) directly associated with the North.
AREA(S) OF RESEARCH
Research Subject Codes
Consult the NSERC Code Tables. All applicants are required to select a primary research code.
Provide a maximum of 10 key words that describe the proposal.
For team applications, list each co-applicant's name, personal identification number (if known), and organization name, as well as the time (in hours per month) each co-applicant will devote to research and research-related activities directly associated with the North.
By submitting this form, the applicant certifies that the individuals listed as co-applicants have been informed of the precise uses and disclosures of their personal information by NSERC (see Use and Disclosure of Personal Information Provided to NSERC) and have authorized the release of the information by the applicant.
Co-applicants, except those from the applicant’s institution, must advise the authorized officer of their organization that the applicant, or the applicant’s institution, will be seeking their signature prior to submitting the application to NSERC, agreeing to their participation.
Enter information about each co-applicant organization's signing officer (other than the applicant’s organization). For supporting organizations such as an industrial partner or a government department, enter information about the authorized representative(s).
The applicant must ensure that the co-applicants from other institutions obtain the appropriate signature from the authorized officer of their organization prior to submitting the application to NSERC (see Signatures requirements within this document).
SUMMARY OF PROPOSAL FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
The summary is intended to explain the proposal in language that the public can understand.
Using simple terms, briefly describe the nature of the work to be done. Indicate why and to whom the research is important, the anticipated outcomes and how your field and Canada will benefit.
If you wish, you may also provide a summary in the other official language in the text box identified for that purpose.
Before completing this page, read the instructions and consult the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide for information about the eligibility of expenditures for the direct costs of research and the regulations governing the use of grant funds.
Use the Budget Justification section to explain and justify each budget item.
Northern Research Supplements are normally for the same duration as your Discovery Grant. A detailed budget justification should be provided for each year.
Using a maximum of two pages, provide a detailed explanation and justification for each budget item identified in the Proposed Expenditures page. Provide sufficient information to allow reviewers to assess whether the resources requested are appropriate. These pages should only contain information pertinent to the budget.
Costs associated with work in the North
Provide an outline of the logistical expenses that you expect to incur, due to the high costs of undertaking your research in the North in the context of the duration spent in the North. The onus is on the applicant to justify how these costs are unique to conducting research in the Canadian North. Note that salaries are not an eligible expense.
Equipment or facility
Give a breakdown of the items requested, models, manufacturers, prices, and applicable taxes. Justify each item requested.
Note: While the Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program provides the primary avenue through which to obtain support for tools and instruments costing more than $7,000, equipment of any value can be purchased using a Discovery Grant.
Fees to be paid for the use of equipment or a facility in the North should be described (e.g., hours and rate).
Materials and supplies for use in the North
Provide details and explain major items.
Travel to and from only the North
Explain briefly how each activity relates to the proposed research.
Dissemination, outreach and interaction with northerners
Provide details of publication costs, user workshops or other activities undertaken in the North.
List all items not relevant to previous categories, and provide a brief explanation for major items; (all additional costs should be related to undertaking research or research-related activities in the North).
RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER RESEARCH SUPPORT
See Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency and Addressing Other Sources of Funding for additional information.
Any relationship and/or overlap, conceptual or financial, with work supported by NSERC or other funding sources must be explained.
Use additional pages to provide the following information:
The onus is on the applicant to provide sufficient information to enable the reviewers to evaluate the relationship between this application and other sources of support, the incremental value of additional support from the program, and to recommend the appropriate NSERC funding level.
The consequence of not providing adequate information to assess the relationship to other research support is that the reviewers may recommend reduced or no funding.
Use the guidelines outlined in the NSERC On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards to provide the requested information in a document to be attached to the application.
Follow the instructions and address the selection criteria for the Discovery Grant - Northern Research Supplement program. Using a maximum of three single-sided pages:
NSERC does not require original signatures on applications or other documents submitted electronically through its On-line System. The electronic submission of applications through this system represents approval and replaces the traditional "physical" or "wet" signatures. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions in the Program Guide for Professors for more details.
What do the electronic or original signatures on the application mean?
Before you, as an applicant or co-applicant, submit your application to NSERC or link your Personal Data Form to an application, you must read and agree to the following terms and conditions.
By submitting your application or linking your Personal Data Form, you are certifying that:
By submitting your application or linking your Personal Data Form, you are also confirming that, during tenure of the grant/award, you will comply with the terms and conditions of the grant/award.
Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information: You understand that maintaining public trust in the integrity of researchers is fundamental to building a knowledge-based society. By submitting any application, by linking your Personal Data Form (Form 100 or 103CV) as a co-applicant to an application, or by accepting funding from CIHR, NSERC and/or SSHRC, you affirm that you have read and you agree to respect all the policies of these agencies that are relevant to your research, including the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research. In case of a serious breach of agency policy, the agency may publicly disclose your name, the nature of the breach, the institution where you were employed at the time of the breach and the institution where you are currently employed. You accept this as a condition of applying for, or receiving, agency funding, and you consent to such disclosure. If you do not agree to the disclosure of your personal information, you cannot participate in this application.
Note: If you have any concerns about your ability to comply with the terms and conditions listed above, contact your institutional official or NSERC staff responsible for the program immediately. Do not agree to the terms and conditions and do not submit your application or Personal Data Form until you are certain that you can and will comply with all of the requirements.
The signatures of authorized officers of other supporting organizations certify that the organization:
If you are both the applicant or co-applicant and a principal of a collaborating organization, another senior official must sign on behalf of the organization.
NOTE: Pages in excess of the number permitted will be removed.