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Summary of changes

2022Ė23 Program guide for professors

NSERC has revised the Program guide for professors.

This summary is meant only to help you focus on the main changes. Read the program descriptions that are relevant to you, and the appropriate instructions, to review all the changes.

Programs (in alphabetical order)
Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) program
Revised: July 22, 2021

As of competition year 2022, NSERCís DAS program is suspended until further notice. Although no new DAS awards will be made, ongoing DAS awards will continue to be honoured. NSERC will continue to monitor and assess the future role and objectives of the DAS program as it relates to NSERCís commitment to funding excellence in discovery research and training. See the full announcement for more details.
Discovery Grants (DG) program
Revised: July 19, 2022


Greater resources on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and on the assessment of contributions to research, training and mentoring have been made available to applicants. This includes the addition of the following resources for applicants: Support for early career researchers (ECR): The ECR eligibility window previously increased from three years to five years to harmonize with the other agencies. Since the 2021 competition, the five-year window for being considered an ECR is adjusted to take into account instances where a researcher has had an eligible delay in research. All eligible leaves (e.g., maternity, parental, personal illness, leave taken by applicants for family-related illness, bereavement), as well as delays related to COVID-19, are credited as twice the amount of time taken and the window is adjusted accordingly.

Leaves of absence and delays: Since the 2021 competition, applicants who have reported an eligible leave of absence or delay in their Canadian Common CV (CCV) are entitled to list contributions to research and to training beyond the last six years, for a period equivalent to the duration of the leave or delay and taken from the most recent active research period prior to the last six years. Applicants should refer to the full application instructions and the peer review manual for details on how to integrate these contributions into their application (i.e., past contributions to the training of highly qualified personnel [HQP], most significant contributions to research and samples of research contributions) and in the new leaves of absence attachment.

NSERC has developed general guidelines for the consideration of COVID-19-related impacts on research, aiming to provide direction on how to describe these impacts in an application and information on how to consider these impacts when reviewing contributions to research and training and/or research and training plans. 
Northern Research Supplements (NRS) program
Revised: July 19, 2022


Greater resources on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and on the assessment of contributions to research, training and mentoring have been made available to applicants. This includes the addition of the following resources for applicants:
Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants program
Revised: July 19, 2022


Beginning this year (i.e., competition 2023, with a deadline of October 2022) RTI applicants and co-applicants who were successful in the previous year’s RTI competition will be ineligible to apply for one year. Eligibility will be reinstated the following competition year. This change is being implemented to increase access to the RTI program to the largest number of eligible researchers. This decision, as well as the changes to the selection criterion last year were informed by the recent Discovery Research Evaluation and the results of the GBA+ analysis of the RTI program.

Greater resources on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and on the assessment of contributions to research, training and mentoring have been made available to applicants. This includes the addition of the following resources for applicants:
Ship Time (ST) program
Revised: July 19, 2022

The personal data form (Form 100) was replaced with the Canadian Common CV (CCV). The CCV must be completed by applicants and co-applicants and attached to the application form as a single PDF attachment.

Greater resources on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and on the assessment of contributions to research, training and mentoring have been made available to applicants. This includes the addition of the following resources for applicants:
Subatomic Physics Discovery Grant (SAP) program
Revised: July 19, 2022

Greater resources on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and on the assessment of contributions to research, training and mentoring have been made available to applicants. This includes the addition of the following resources for applicants: