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How to apply

NSERC has prepared tutorial videos to summarize the process of applying for a funding opportunity. These videos provide an overview and general guidance only. For more detailed information, read the appropriate sections in the individual description and specific instructions for the program to which you are applying.


Depending on the funding opportunity you are applying for, there are a number of deadlines to keep in mind when submitting an application to NSERC.

If the deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, your application must reach NSERC by the following working day. Most institutions also have internal deadlines; contact your scholarship liaison officer for those deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted.


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NSERC protects the information and material that it receives from you. For information on privacy and confidentiality issues, see the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

Rights to intellectual property from research

NSERC does not retain or claim any ownership of, or exploitation rights to, intellectual property resulting from your NSERC funding. However, as NSERC's role includes promoting the use of knowledge to build a strong national economy and improving the quality of life of Canadians, every effort should be made to have the results of NSERC-funded research exploited in Canada, for the benefit of our country. You are encouraged to discuss intellectual property rights with all parties and organizations involved in the research.

Refer to the Policy on Intellectual Property for more information.