Tri-Council Grant Resources


NSERC Discovery Grants July 31, 2013 Application Deadline

Faculty interested in applying for a NSERC Discovery Grant must submit a Notification of Intent (NOI) to NSERC by July 31, 2013. The process has changed as NSERC now requires applicants to complete a Common CV (CCV) which takes a significant amount of time.

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NSERC Program Guide for Instructors

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SSHRC Connection Grants

SSHRC application tips

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SSHRC Grant Database


CIHR Information


SSHRC Insight Grant

The Notification of Intent (NOI) to apply for an Insight Grant is now mandatory. NOIs must be submitted directly by the applicants to SSHRC via the online system by the deadline (not announced yet - likely August). An applicant who has not submitted an NOI by this date will be ineligible to submit the full application in the October 2012 competition.
In addition to basic information, an applicant must submit a one-page Summary of the Proposed Research. This Summary must include:

  • the objectives of the research
  • the proposed methodology; and
  • the anticipated significance and impacts of the proposed research.

The NOI form is now available on SSHRC's website at (this is the log on page for SSHRC grants).

The broad purpose of the Standard Research Grants program is to support research and develop excellence in research activities in the social sciences and humanities.

The specific objectives of the program are to:

  • support high-quality independent programs of research, as proposed by scholars and judged by their peers;
  • provide opportunities for the training of future researchers;
  • contribute to the development or elaboration of new theoretical or methodological approaches to research;
  • maintain and develop vigorous disciplinary research activities;
  • foster and develop vigorous collaborative, multidisciplinary research activities among researchers in the social sciences and humanities; and
  • assist the communication of research results both within and beyond the academic community.

This funding opportunity is replacing the SSHRC Standard Research Grant Program and offers support for long-term research initiatives. The maximum value of an Insight Grant is $500,000 over three to five years.

This new opportunity is open to both emerging and established scholars who are affiliated with an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution.

Notice of Intent Deadline (mandatory) - August 15, 2014

Internal Application Deadline (to Research Office) - Oct 8, 2014

Application Deadline - October 15, 2014

Please click here for application information and program details


Multiple Grant Applications
Researchers may not apply for an Insight Grant and an Insight Development Grant within the same calendar year as applicant (principal investigator).

This means:
A researcher who applied for an Insight Development Grant in February 2011 may not apply for an Insight Grant in October 2011, whether successful in the competition or not.

A researcher who applies for an Insight Grant in October 2011 may apply for an Insight Development Grant in February 2012, provided that the objectives of the research are different.

There is no limit to the number of applications on which a researcher may be listed as a co-applicant or collaborator.

If a researcher holds a grant, she or he may submit a new application to the same funding opportunity in the final year of the grant.

Please consult SSHRC’s website at for more information on multiple applications.

SSHRC Connection Grants 

Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant may often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects potentially eligible for funding through other SSHRC funding opportunities.

Deadlines: Feb 1, August 1, November 1

Please click here for more details.

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

Partnership Development Grants provide support over one to three years to teams/partnerships, led by a project director, to:

  • develop research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and new scholars, by fostering new partnerships for research and related activities involving existing and/or potential partners; or
  • design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that may result in best practices or models that either can be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.

Partnership Development Grant proposals are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program or the Connection program, or a combination thereof. Please click here for a table of the two programs objectives and more details of the program.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2014


SSHRC Digital Economy Priority

Applicants for SSHRC funding are encouraged to consider this priority area when developing their proposals and considering opportunities for partnerships.

See a description here:

NSERC Grant Opportunities

NSERC Discovery Grant

NSERC Discovery Grant NOI - Now mandatory

The Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant is now mandatory. Please note the following:

• NOIs must be submitted directly to NSERC via the online system.
• NOIs must be received by August 1, 2014
• NOIs will not be accepted after the deadline.
• Applicants who do not submit an NOI by this date will not be eligible to submit the full application in November for the 2014 competition.

If you require further information, please contact Brad Whittaker.

Discovery Grants Program supports ongoing programs of research (with long-term goals) rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances, whether made individually or in teams. Researchers are free to work in the mode most appropriate for the research area. 

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;
  • providing a stimulating environment for research training.

Notice of Intent Deadline:  August 1, 2014
Internal Application Deadline: October 27, 2014
Application Deadline: November 1, 2014
Please click here for application information and program details 

NSERC Engage Grant

Engage Grants are designed to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge and expertise available at Canadian universities. These grants are intended to foster the development of new research partnerships between an academic researcher and a company that have never collaborated before, by supporting short-term research and development projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem in the natural sciences or engineering fields.

Please note that applicants seeking funding for travel and meeting activities to establish contact with new potential industrial partners should apply for an Interaction Grant.

There is no deadline for the Interaction Grant and the Engage Grant. 

Please click here for the application and more details.

NSERC Common CV Template Now Available

In preparation for the launch of the Research Portal in early May 2013, NSERC is gradually phasing in the new Canadian Common CV (CCV) to replace the Personal Data Form (Form 100), starting with:

• The Notification of Intent for Discovery Grants (Individual and Team);
• The full application for Discovery Grants; and
• All the program elements for the Subatomic Physics Grants suite.

The NSERC CCV template is now available and applies only to these programs for the time being. Instructions for completing the NSERC CCV are also on-line.


We are confident that together, the Research Portal and the CCV will improve the application and peer review processes, and provide students, researchers and partners a better way to manage their interactions with NSERC.

• The CCV will lighten the load on the research community in the long term. Once data is entered, only updating is required, and it can be re-used for future applications to NSERC and/or other participating organizations, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
• Over the past year, NSERC has been working with the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators (CAURA) and a panel of prospective users from the research community to adapt the CCV to the needs of NSERC stakeholders, which has resulted in a simplified template and reduced number of mandatory fields.

We encourage the research community, particularly those who plan on applying to the programs listed above, to start entering their data into the NSERC CCV now as it can be time consuming to populate the fields the first time.



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