NSERC's PromoScience Program offers financial support for organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering (including mathematics and technology). Organizations may request funds for up to three years at a time.

PromoScience supports hands-on learning experiences for young Canadians in elementary school and high school (including the equivalent first year of college in Quebec) as well as for their educators. Grants may be used to cover improvements to program content or delivery, as well as for new programs and activities. Grants can also be used to cover operational costs such as salaries (except the applicant’s salary), travel, postage, materials and supplies, provided that they relate to the promotion of science and engineering.

Note that grants may not be used to support research. Details on the eligibility of expenses are contained in the Use of Grant Funds section of the PromoScience Grants Guide. The information in this Guide may change without notice.

All eligible applications are peer reviewed by the PromoScience/NSERC Awards for Science Promotion Review Committees. Members are chosen from the science and engineering promotion community and the education community based on their stature and expertise. Committee members are responsible for respecting the confidentiality of application material and the review process and for declaring real, potential or apparent conflicts of interest. All members are required to sign a declaration of confidentiality and non-disclosure.

Successful applications will be screened by NSERC staff to ensure adherence to NSERC’s policies and guidelines.

Progress reports may be required. Final reports are mandatory. An outline of reporting requirements will be provided to recipients along with the notification of the grant.

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