Science Communication Skills grant (pilot)

Aboriginal Peoples
Arctic and Northern Regions
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Information and Communication Technology
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture


Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: Wednesday 10th, June 2020

External Deadline: Monday 15th, June 2020


While there is no limit to the number of applications that may be submitted by applicants from Memorial, NSERC has indicated that only one application could be successful from an institution in a given year, and that an institution can receive funding only once through this pilot.

We encourage prospective applicants to collaborate on proposals. To this aim, SIRI will offer support in connecting individuals interested in exploring potential collaborations. Anyone interested in joining a larger team of applicants is asked to contact Dr. Jennifer Stevens ( by Monday, Feb. 24th with their name, department, and a brief description of their training activity(ies) and/or area(s) of interest. This information will be compiled and distributed to all respondents.

The Science Communication Skills grant (pilot) supports organizations providing science communication skills training to students, fellows, and faculty in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from Canadian postsecondary institutions. Promoting science and understanding how scientific inquiry works are critical to a vibrant science culture in Canada. Improved science communication increases science literacy, the appreciation of science in Canadian society, and the role of science in evidence-based decision making, while countering science-related misinformation.

Training supported by the pilot grant will educate students and researchers in STEM on how to effectively communicate science to the public.

NSERC encourages organizations to consider the needs of official-language minority communities in their area while developing activities, and to strive to have official documentation and promotional materials available in both official languages.

Eligible activities include

  • training workshops in science communication skills
  • mentorship activities
  • conferences, symposia or webinars
  • development of resources in tandem with delivery

Funds may be used for new activities or for improvements to content or delivery of existing activities. Training linked to course-work requirements (i.e., degree or diploma programs) is not eligible.


See Program Webpage for more information.

Funding Sources

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: March 25, 2020