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Important Notice from NSERC for Potential Applicants to the 2017 Research Grants Competition of the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section

If you intend to submit an application to the 2017 Research Grants Subatomic Physics competition, you must submit a Subatomic Physics Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) to NSERC by the deadline of August 1, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. (ET) for Subatomic Physics Discovery (SAP-DG)Major Resources Support (SAP-MRS), and Categories 2 and 3 Research Tools and Instruments (SAP-RTI) grant applications. The NOI is mandatory. NSERC will not accept a NOI after the deadline. Researchers who do not submit a NOI cannot submit a full application later in the fall. The information contained in the NOI allows NSERC to start the review process (e.g., confirmation of assignment to the Subatomic Physics Evaluation Section, selection of appropriate external reviewers, and determination of the most appropriate review mechanism for applications requesting major financial support).

Important information is provided in the following sections.

Application Process

You must submit your NOI and the NSERC version of the This link will take you to another Web site Canadian Common CV (CCV) using the Research Portal and the NSERC CCV. We encourage you to start completing your NSERC CCV early, as it can be time-consuming to populate the fields the first time. Please carefully read the instructions on how to complete the NOI and NSERC CCV.

NSERC will be hosting webinars on how to complete a NOI to assist the research community. Consult the webinars page for dates. 

Important Change to the Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants Program

Effective for the 2017 Discovery Grants competition, NSERC will no longer accept Subatomic Physics Team Grant applications. This is consistent with the phase-out of team grants in the Discovery Grants program in 2016. Applicants are encouraged to continue to incorporate collaborations into their individual applications, or through project grants.

Existing team grants will continue to receive support until their last installment. Current holders of team grants who plan to apply in the 2017 competition are asked to contact NSERC.

Before Submitting a NOI

You are encouraged to verify the balance of your current Subatomic Physics Discovery Grant account. If the available funds are sufficient to cover anticipated expenditures through the next fiscal year, you can request a deferral of installment or take advantage of the automatic one-year extension to use the accumulated funds prior to submitting a new request for funding. Refer to the Administrative Matters and the Annual Funding of Grants sections of the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide for more information. Note that postponing an application does not adversely affect the review of your next application, but rather demonstrates good fiscal management of the funds and allows you to re-organize your activities and postpone the renewal/re-application date by one year. It also provides the opportunity for the Agency to fund other researchers with more urgent needs.

Literature for Subatomic Physics Suite of Programs

Literature specific to all Subatomic Physics programs (Discovery, MRS, and RTI of all categories) is available on our website. Program descriptions are available in the Grants Programs Overview section of NSERC’s Program Guide for Professors. Instructions about application procedures are available in the Instructions section of the Research Portal. We encourage you to read the description of the program to which you intend to apply and the application instructions.

Important Information about the Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments Program

Since 2013, universities have been provided with a quota of applications to submit to NSERC’s RTI program. This quota does not apply to the Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments (SAP-RTI) Program.

Applications to the SAP-RTI Program are not subject to the selection process related to quotas NSERC provides to universities for RTI grant applications. University researchers undertaking research in the field of subatomic physics can submit SAP-RTI grant applications to the Subatomic Physics Grants competition independently of the quota-related selection process.

For more information please contact Kim Bonnet, Program Officer responsible for SAP Programs, at or send an email to

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