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Discovery Grants competition results


"Canada exists for the long term. NSERC has the inspiring purpose of planning for that long term. It does so through its understanding that the power of science lies in its ability to surprise, and that the key to releasing that power is to support the best of our scientists as they venture into the unknown. With this as its central tenet, NSERC will enjoy the cooperation and support of the nation’s scientific community. Long may it flourish."
- Dr. John Polanyi
Nobel Prize recipient, University of Toronto

"A commitment to excellence means accepting the challenge of continuous improvement by raising the bar. Implementing these changes will raise the bar."
- Peter Nicholson
President, Council of Canadian Academies

"I commend NSERC for accepting the recommendations of the external review panels, which confirmed the extremely high value of the Discovery Grants Program while offering direction on how to further strengthen excellence and support Canada’s most productive researchers."
- Dr. James Blatz
Associate Head of Engineering, University of Manitoba

"NSERC is well-known for its record of strong peer review and merit-based criteria for awarding Discovery Grants. The impact of the recommendations of the recent blue ribbon review panels will bring sharper focus to excellence as the key driver in awarding funds to Canadian researchers for their discovery-based research. The University of Toronto fundamentally supports excellence-based review and believes this will ensure Canada can play a leading role and be globally competitive in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century."
- Dr. Paul Young, PhD, FRSC
Vice President, Research, University of Toronto

"University of Ontario Institute of Technology is highly supportive of the new award system as it based on a demonstrable excellent performance by researchers," added Dr. Gabriel. "In addition, it provides strong incentives for researchers to pursue world-class research of international standards. This will ensure that Canada will continue to perform on the world stage when it comes to advancing knowledge."
- Dr. Kamiel Gabriel
Associate Provost of Research, UOIT