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Discovery Accelerator Supplements Program

Overview
Value $120,000 usually over three years
Application Deadline Not applicable
How to Apply No separate application is required. Selection is made in conjunction with the review of Discovery Grant applications each year.
Program Contact Consult the Contact List

Important Information

Objective

The Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) Program provides substantial and timely additional resources to accelerate progress and maximize the impact of superior research programs.

Description

The DAS Program provides substantial and timely resources to researchers who have a superior research program that is highly rated in terms of originality and innovation, and who show strong potential to become international leaders within their field. These additional resources should enable a researcher with an established research program to capitalize on an opportunity (e.g., a recent research breakthrough, a paradigm shift, or a new strategy to tackle a scientific problem or research question, etc.).

Each award is valued at $120,000 over three years ($40,000 annually) and provides recipients with additional resources to compete with the best in the world. These resources may be used to expand the recipient’s research group (i.e., students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians), to purchase, or to have access to, specialized equipment, or for other initiatives/resources that would accelerate the progress of their research program.

Individuals who are awarded both a DAS and an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship will be entitled to receive the two awards, but not concurrently. NSERC staff will contact recipients with more details when this situation applies.

Application Procedures

No separate application is required. Selection is made in conjunction with the review of Discovery Grant applications each year.

Review Procedures

Evaluation Groups will review applications in accordance with the Discovery Grant criteria and will recommend a small number of applicants for an award according to the objective and description of the DAS Program. This number is based on a pre-determined quota assigned to each Evaluation Group by NSERC. Post-competition, the Executive Committee of the Evaluation Group will select the final recipients for the awards from amongst the nominated researchers for recommendation to NSERC. Potential recipients will:

  • meet the objective of the DAS Program;
  • have a superior research program that is highly rated in terms of originality and innovation; and
  • show strong potential to become international leaders within their field.

Award

Each year, NSERC will award up to 125 DAS, of which at least 60 percent will normally come from one of the NSERC priority areas:

  • Environmental science and technologies;
  • Information and communication technologies;
  • Manufacturing; and
  • Natural resources and energy.

Each award will have a total value of $120,000 ($40,000 annually) and will normally be paid over three years. Under special, compelling circumstances, NSERC will consider profiling the award differently. Payments are made separately from the current Discovery Grant.

Reporting Requirements

DAS recipients are required to complete a Grants in Aid of Research, Statement of Account (Form 300) at the end of each fiscal year. Furthermore, they are required to submit a report at the end of the DAS period.

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