NSERC Discovery Horizons 2022

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NSERC is again offering the Discovery Horizons (pilot) program. Discovery Horizons grants support investigator-initiated individual and team projects that broadly integrate or transcend disciplines to advance knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE).

Amount: $50K to $100K per year (for up to 5 years)

Faculty Research Office: one week prior to agency deadline (for internal review of draft application allow 2-3 weeks)

Thursday, June 9, 2022 by/before 8:00PM  Submission of mandatory Letter of Intent (LOI – complete drafts accepted) to researchoffice@uwo.ca. Important: Select University of Western Ontario as the ‘administering institution’ when starting the LOI online. This ensures visibility by Research Services. Submission of ROLA proposal for e-approvals (select “Letter of Intent” option [not “New Application”]).
Thursday, June 16, 2022 by/before 8:00PMSubmission of LOI in Convergence Portal. The LOI will go straight to NSERC upon submission by applicant.
Friday, October 7, 2022 by/before 2:00PMSubmission of Full Application (by NSERC invitation only) in the Convergence Portal.  The application will be routed to Research Services for administrative review, and can be returned for editing, as required. Submission of ROLA proposal for e-approvals.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 by/before 2:00PMSubmission of Full Application in Convergence Portal. Final submission to NSERC is done by Research Services.

Description: the program supports projects that

  • answer NSE research questions that are best addressed through interdisciplinary approaches
  • advance NSE disciplines through cross fertilization and new ways of thinking about research questions; ideas and frameworks; approaches and methods; platforms, tools and infrastructure; people, partners and trainees
  • provide leading-edge NSE training for highly qualified personnel (HQP) in interdisciplinary research environments

Applications are assessed by the Tri-Agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee

Eligibility: Both individuals and teams may apply to the program. The applicant and any co-applicants must all be eligible to hold NSERC funding. While the research team is expected to have significant expertise in NSE research, not all members need to engage in research in the NSE. There are no requirements with respect to team size or composition. However, individuals are only allowed to hold or apply for one Discovery Horizons grant as either an applicant or co-applicant.

More Information: Detailed information is available in the Program Overview, and the LOI Instructions. (Full application instructions are currently under review by NSERC.)

Webinars:  A short presentation of the program will precede a Q&A session. The webinar will be recorded and distributed to Research Offices shortly after.

  • French session: June 2nd, 10:00 – 11:30 am (Ottawa time), Event password: DH0001
  • English session: June 2nd, 12:00 – 1:30 pm (Ottawa time), Event Password: DH0002

Applications: are to be submitted through the Convergence Portal. If you already have an account on NSERC’s Research Portal, please use your existing credentials.

Questions: researchoffice@uwo.ca

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