Discovery Grants Northern Research Supplements Program
The Discovery Grants Northern Research Supplements (NRS) Program helps promote Canadian university-based northern research and training. The main purpose of the Northern Research Supplements program is to recognize the added logistical costs unique to conducting research in the Canadian North.
Internal Deadline: October 26, 2011
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2011
Who Can Apply
Generally, those eligible to apply for NSERC funding hold (or have a firm offer of) an academic appointment such as: tenured, tenure-track or lifetime professor emeritus, or a term/contract position of no less than three years. If you have questions about NSERC’s or UofT’s eligibility rules, please contact us. If you have questions about your appointment, please contact your department chair.
The NRS Program is aimed at NSERC-funded researchers who intend to conduct research in Canada's North. Applicants must apply for a Northern Research Supplement at the same time that they apply for an NSERC Discovery Grant.
Value of Funding
Successful applicants will receive a supplement to their NSERC Discovery Grant of between $10,000 and $25,000 per year, for the duration of their Discovery Grant. Awards at the upper end of this range will be made to those with higher logistical costs and to recognize outstanding contributions to outreach and interactions with the Northern community. Renewal of the supplement will be considered when the applicant reapplies for a Discovery Grant, at the end of the Grant funding period. Recipients of Northern Research Supplements are not restricted to the specific activities described in the application, but must pursue research interests in the North.
How to Apply
In addition to your NSERC Discovery Grant (Individual, Team and Subatomic Physics Project [SAP]) application, a separate Application must be submitted for a NRS Grant (Form 101) and a Personal Data Form (Form 100) for the applicant and each co-applicant.
The application must explain how the research program addresses the following points:
• Northern Canadian location: Define the location where you plan to conduct your research. Give the names of surrounding towns or specific communities, or the latitudes and longitudes.
• Need for funding: Provide an outline of the logistical expenses that you expect to incur due to the high costs of undertaking your research in the North. This outline should be in the form of a budget.
• Outreach and interaction with northern communities: Describe your plans to incorporate and involve northerners in your research program.
Complete your application on NSERC’s On-line System. When it is final and complete, submit by clicking the “Submit to RGO” button. Do this by 5:00 p.m. on the internal deadline date indicated above. This will send your application to Research Services and means you are ready to submit it to NSERC. Research Services will then e-approve your application, which will be automatically transmitted to NSERC. You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt from NSERC.
How are Applications Reviewed
Applications are judged according to the following criteria (the onus is on the applicant to address these explicitly in the proposal):
• Need for Funds
• Contribution to the Training of Highly Qualified Personnel
• Education, Outreach, and Communication Initiatives
• Excellence of the Applicant(s)
• Merit of the Proposal
What Does Research Services Require
The following documents must be submitted to Research Services on or before October 26, 2011 as these will be the basis for e-approving the online application:
• A completed RIS form with all required signatures from the department and division (i.e., unit head or one-up, Vice Principal, Research (UTM/UTSC), Vice Dean, Research and/or Dean, as applicable).
• Any additional documentation required to support your NSERC eligibility (e.g., letter of appointment, and, where applicable, Form 100 Appendices B and/or C) and that of your UofT co-applicants who hold irregular appointments (such as non-tenured, status-only).
• Research Services will review both NSERC Discovery Grant (Individual, Team and Subatomic Physics Project [SAP]) and Discovery Grant – Northern Research Supplements applications prior to e-approval
Please visit the Research Services webpage for additional information
Further details regarding application procedures and requirements can be found on NSERC’s website.
For information on applying to this program please contact Jessica Keating at Research Services by email at email@example.com
Research Funding Officer, Natural Sciences & Engineering
Agency & Foundation Funding
Office of Research Services
University of Toronto
McMurrich Building, 3rd floor
12 Queen's Park Crescent West
Toronto, ON M5S 1S8