NSERC – Discovery Horizons (pilot) – LOI

Community, Regional & Enterprise Development
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture


Academic Unit: Inquire with your unit

Memorial Deadline: No RGCS review required for the LOI

External Deadline: Wednesday 16th, June 2021


  • French session: May 26th, 10:00 – 11:30 am (Ottawa time)
  • English session: May 26th, 12:00 – 1:30 pm (Ottawa time)
  • A short presentation of the program will precede a Q&A session.
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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. Full applications submitted to this NSERC program will be reviewed by a  tri-agency interdisciplinary peer review committee.

In partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), NSERC is piloting this new interdisciplinary peer review mechanism. The shared peer review committee will assess all full applications submitted to NSERC’s Discovery Horizons program, as well as relevant applications submitted to SSHRC’s Insight Grants and CIHR’s Project Grants programs.

In the context of this funding opportunity, the term “interdisciplinary” should be understood to fully encompass all research that connects, crosses or falls in between the traditional disciplines of the three agencies, including transdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, convergence research and other approaches at the interface.

Discovery Horizon grants are expected to be valued from $50K–$100K per year. For this pilot year, NSERC is expecting to award approximately 10–20 grants.


The Discovery Horizons program provides NSERC’s entry-point to the tri-agency interdisciplinary peer-review mechanism. It supports Discovery research projects that would significantly benefit from being assessed by a tri-agency interdisciplinary peer review committee, and aims to answer natural sciences and engineering (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.

Additional information can be found on the NSERC website

Funding Sources

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: June 15, 2021