11,300 professors, 30,000 trainees and students supported by over $400 million in investment each year. All funding applications reviewed by panels of top scientists. NSERC Discovery investments drive world-firsts in knowledge.
Belmont Forum – Collaborative Research Action on Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability
NSERC, as a member of the Belmont Forum—a group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils—participates in collaborative research actions (CRAs) that are intended to address societally relevant global environmental change challenges; lever Belmont Forum members’ existing investments through international added value; and bring together new partnerships of natural scientists, social scientists, and users. This CRA encourages integrated teams of natural and social scientists, as well as stakeholders, to develop projects that leverage existing Arctic observing systems, datasets and models to evaluate key sustainability challenges and opportunities in the Arctic region.
Climate Change and Atmospheric Research
Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) Grants will capitalize on Canada’s world-class research capacity in key areas of climate and atmospheric research and innovation. The CCAR initiative addresses both national research priorities and global challenges, including those associated with the Belmont Challenge Freshwater Security and Coastal Zone Vulnerability initiatives, by supporting a number of large, integrative projects involving university researchers and Canadian government scientists, along with other partners and international researchers.
Collaborative and Thematic Resources Support in Mathematics and Statistics Program
The objective of the Collaborative and Thematic Resources Support in Mathematics and Statistics (CTRMS) Program is to enable the development of research activities and foster training and collaboration, within and among national or international (based in Canada) thematic resources in mathematical and statistical sciences.
- Collaborative Health Research Projects
Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program
The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, address significant scientific challenges associated to Canada's research priorities, include the acquisition of professional skills, and facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce. The program also supports industrial stream applications and offers opportunity to collaborate with foreign institutions.
Discovery Frontiers (DF) 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.
Discovery Grants Program (Individual and Team)
The Discovery Grants (DG) Program (Individual and Team) support ongoing programs of research. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all advances in research, whether made individually or in teams. Researchers are free to work in the mode most appropriate for the research area.
Discovery Accelerator Supplements Program
The Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) Program will provide a Discovery Grant recipient with substantial and timely additional resources in order to accelerate progress and maximize the impact of the research program.
- Discovery Accelerator Supplements Program
Discovery Grants – Northern Research Supplements Program
The Discovery Grants Northern Research Supplements (NRS) Program has been established to help augment and promote Canadian university-based northern research and training.
G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding and Belmont Forum
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will serve to combine the resources of the G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding and the Belmont Forum to launch the first ever International Opportunities Fund (IOF). This International Opportunities Fund aims at supporting excellent research on topics of global relevance that can best be tackled by a multinational approach, recognizing that global challenges need global solutions.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship Programs
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship Programs promote international cooperation by allowing Japanese scientists to invite their foreign colleagues to Japan to participate in scientific research.
Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program
Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment and installations.
Ship Time Program
The Ship Time (ST) Program is aimed at all researchers who intend to use a vessel for their NSERC-supported research in the coming year.
- Special Research Opportunity Program
Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants Program (Individual, Team, Project)
The Subatomic Physics (SAP) Discovery Grants Program assists in:
- promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities;
- fostering research excellence; and
- providing a stimulating environment for research training.
Subatomic Physics Major Resources Support Program
The objective of the Subatomic Physics Major Resources Support (SAP-MRS) Program is to facilitate the effective access by Canadian academic researchers, working in the field of subatomic physics, to major and unique national or international (based in Canada) experimental or thematic research resources by financially assisting these resources to remain in a state of readiness for researchers to use. SAP-MRS grants are not intended to support resources that are standard in a discipline or commonly available in Canadian universities. The SAP-MRS Program also aims to facilitate access by Canadian academic subatomic researchers, who come together as national consortia, to major international resources located outside Canada, the equivalent of which is not available in Canada. This support is intended to enable access by researchers from more than one project, and it excludes any direct financial support towards the operating and maintenance costs of such resources.
Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program
SAP-RTI grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of researchers in the field of subatomic physics at a Canadian university by supporting the purchase of research equipment and installations.