|Application Deadline||See Call for Proposals 2015
See Call for Proposals 2013
See Call for Proposals 2011
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Discovery Frontiers (DF) grants are initiatives that identify and capitalize on emerging opportunities where Canada can benefit from its world-class capacity to take a leadership role in key areas of research and innovation. Discovery Frontiers address national research priorities and global challenges by supporting a small number of major new transformative and integrative activities. These initiatives will generate substantial impact from a one-time injection of funding for a defined period, addressing challenges and seizing leadership opportunities in areas of national importance.
The Discovery Frontiers initiative will bring together groups of researchers in new ways to address a major research challenge. The groups will incorporate new and emerging ideas, and combine their complementary expertise to conduct transformative, paradigm-changing research.
Discovery Frontiers grants support a limited number of large international activities, opportunities or projects that are of high priority in the context of advanced research in Canada. These will be led by world-class Canadian researchers and will comprise teams that will generate substantial impact for the benefit of Canada.
There is no annual competition cycle. Calls for proposals will be issued periodically by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). A limited number of proposals for large undertakings with a high level of impact and visibility will be accepted in each competition. Proposals should be for concerted, broad-based, collaborative efforts and not individual research projects.
Suitable initiatives include:
Future areas of research for DF grants will be determined by NSERC, with advice from its Committee on Grants and Scholarships. The process will emphasize the flexibility to respond to new opportunities as they arise.
In addition to the usual NSERC eligibility criteria for applicants and co-applicants, each Call for Proposals may identify mandatory eligibility criteria specific to that call. These will be used to screen applications and are pre-requisites for proposals to be accepted, at the Letter of Intent stage, within a specific Discovery Frontiers competition. Discovery Frontiers grants are not tied to the annual Discovery Grants (DG) competition cycle. Grants awarded under the Discovery Frontiers initiative can be held concurrently with an individual or a team DG. A DF grant must add value, building on excellence.
The following criteria will apply to all DF applications:
There may be additional criteria depending on the goals of a specific Discovery Frontiers competition (e.g., collaborative, multidisciplinary, industrial or receptor sector participation).
These procedures will be tailored to each competition. See the current Call for Proposals for details.