NSERC Discovery Grant

Procedures and timelines for the NSERC Discovery Grants competition.

Important Dates
Check with your Department/School

​Application package sent to Department Head/School Director office for review & approval

See below for application package details.

October 25, 2018

​Application package sent to Dean’s Office or affiliated hospital research office, hard copy or via email, for review & approval (FoM Internal Deadline).

October 26, 2018​Application package (printed if necessary), approved by Faculty, and taken to ORS (UBC Internal Deadline)
October 31, 2018 | 8:30am
​Applicant submits application on the NSERC Research Portal
November 1, 2018 | 4:30pm​ORS approves application on the NSERC Research Portal (NSERC Application Deadline)


For the 2018 November NSERC Discovery Grants Program competition, please adhere to the following deadlines and procedures:

  1. Your application package must be submitted to the Dean’s Office or affiliated hospital research office by Thursday, October 25, 2018 for Faculty approval. You have the option of dropping off a paper copy or emailing it to the Faculty signature contact for your site. See below for a complete list of the required items.
  2. Your documents will be printed (if sent by email) and after Faculty approval, taken to ORS by October 26, 2018.
  3. Your electronic copy must be submitted via NSERC’s on-line system no later than 8:30am on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018.
  4. ORS will electronically approve your application via NSERC’s on-line system for submission to NSERC.

Please remember that you can continue working on your research proposal up until you submit via the Research Portal on October 31st, even after you have submitted your application package for Faculty approval.

Required Documents

Required documents to be submitted to the FoM for the NSERC Discovery Grant:

  1. Completed Research Project Information Form including the following signatures:
    1. the Principal Investigator
    2. Department Head or School Director
    3. Research Centre Director (if using research space within a Senate-Approved Research Centre, identified with an asterisk on the Academic & Research Units page)
    4. Life Sciences Institute Director (if using research space within the Life Sciences Building, but excludes researchers using space within the Centre for Blood Research)
  2. Identification page (page 1 of the application)
  3. Supplements/Joint Initiatives (if applicable)
  4. Summary of proposal page
  5. Activity Details page (page displays the certification requirements)
  6. Proposed expenditures and budget justification pages
  7. In the case of cooperative projects, letters of support or commitment from collaborating companies or institutions

Please also review the ORS website for the NSERC-specific Agency Application Requirements & Procedures.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Bryan Wong at the FoM (, or Donna Lei ( or Wendy Hudelson ( at ORS.