Form 180 - Instructions
Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant
How to Complete Form 180
Read the following documents before you start completing Form 180:
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NSERC will only accept Forms 180 submitted through its Online Services. You can access the form through NSERC’s On-line Services page. You should use the following instructions to complete the form. The list of contributions, the list of co-applicants, if you are applying for a team grant, and any other documents (if applicable) are "free form" and must be attached to the forms submitted electronically. For more information, read the NSERC On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards.
Collection and Use of Personal Information
The personal information you provide to NSERC in your application is collected under the authority of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Act. It is described in a series of program-related information banks in Info Source, a public registry of federal government information holdings. Details on the precise uses of this information are provided in the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act (ATIP). Submitting Form 180 to NSERC signifies that you have read this document and that you agree to the uses and disclosures of your personal information described in it.
For Discovery Grant applications or Discovery Project Grant applications (Subatomic Physics only), you must submit a Form 180 with required attachments. These documents allow NSERC to start the review process (e.g., preliminary Evaluation Group [EG] assignment, selection of appropriate referees and establishment of the subject matter eligibility). At any time during the review cycle, if NSERC determines that the subject matter is outside of itís mandate, the application will be rejected.
For team applications, one person must be designated to administer the grant. This person is called the applicant. The applicant is responsible for completing Form 180 on behalf of the team.
Note: Once submitted to NSERC, your form will no longer be available for revision.
Your Research Grants Office will be provided with a list of all Notifications of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant (Form 180s) received from your institution in September. The Research Grants Office, in turn, will advise your department.
Some of this information was transferred from the New Application screen. You may update the fields as needed.
Evaluation Group Assignment
In the “suggested evaluation group” selection box, select List to choose the Evaluation Group you feel should review your application. Click on the instructions icon “i” to view the research topics covered by each Evaluation Group.
For further information, contact the program officer responsible for the evaluation group you think is most appropriate, as indicated in the Evaluation Groups Contacts List.
Note: NSERC reserves the right to make the final evaluation group assignment.
This information was transferred from the New User Registration information screen. You may update the fields as needed and complete the missing information.
If you have changed your name since you last applied for support from NSERC, enter your previous family name.
Personal Identification Number (PIN)
All NSERC applicants have been, or will be, given a PIN. Once you have your PIN, use it each time you apply for a grant and in future correspondence with NSERC. If you have not yet been issued a PIN, or if you don't know your PIN, leave this space blank.
AREA(S) OF RESEARCH
Consult the List of Evaluation Groups and Research Topics. All applicants are required to select a “primary” research topic within the selected evaluation group. The “primary” research topic should be the most pertinent to the program of research you are proposing. You may enter up to four additional research topics (as needed) if your research overlaps with other areas or disciplines. These should be in order of relevance.
Provide a maximum of 10 key words that best describe this proposal.
Include only current and/or completed degree programs or postdoctoral experience. If you have completed a Personal Data Form (Form 100), some of the information was already transferred. You should complete the missing information or update the current information.
SUMMARY OF PROPOSAL
In the space provided:
Note: NSERC supports research in the natural sciences and engineering (other than the health sciences). Please refer to the Program Guide for Professors, Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency, for more information.
In addition to the above information, for project grant applications (Subatomic Physics only), the applicant must also indicate the range (within a few tens of thousands of dollars) of the annual funding required. This information will be used for the advance planning of the competition.
Your summary must not exceed forty five lines on the final version. To ensure that your text will fit in the limited space, save your information, select Preview, and then adjust accordingly.
Note: Should your proposed research program change substantially from the time you submit your Form 180 to the time you submit your full proposal, please contact the program officer responsible for the evaluation group you have selected.
Give the name and complete mailing address of five individuals who could provide an independent assessment of your application and that are not in a conflict of interest. For each referee, describe in a few words their area(s) of expertise.
Suggested referees should not be in a conflict of interest. Refer to the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations for more information. In addition, referees (external reviewers) must sign the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Agreement for Review Committee Members, External Reviewers, and Observers before they access the application material.
Referees should be capable of reviewing your application in the language in which it is written and may be from foreign universities, government or industry, as appropriate.
We ask applicants not to contact suggested referees in advance.
You may request that some researchers not be involved in the review of your application. This request should specify the above-mentioned information for referees and should be submitted with your Form 180 as an attachment using the "Other Documents" page of the eSubmission system. Note: The request may be accessible to these researchers under the Privacy Act.
Submit an up-to-date list of research contributions. This list should include significant publications or other relevant research contributions (books, patents, etc.) over the last six years, i.e., last six years from the deadline date for the submission of the application (for example, a 2011 deadline means 2005 inclusively). This list is used to facilitate the selection of referees and is not used to evaluate your application.
For team applications, attach a list of the co-applicants, including their contributions. Indicate the name of the person designated to administer the grant on the top right corner of each page.
This list should include the following information for each member:
Note: A list of contributions is not required for co-applicants participating in Subatomic Physics Project Grant applications.
You are asked to provide a letter of explanation if you are requesting that some researchers not be involved in the review of your application.
Note: The request may be accessible to these individuals under the Privacy Act.