NSERC Discovery Grant (Research Portal)

All applications to the Discovery Grant competition (including the Subatomic Physics program) competition must be electronically submitted via NSERC's Research Portal.

Please follow procedures described in NSERC’s Discovery Grant outline

(Note: In order to apply to the Discovery Grant competition, a mandatory Notice of Intent must have been submitted by the August 1, 2024 deadline)


Friday, October 25, 2024, 8:30 a.m. PT

UBC internal application deadline
See procedure #3 below. You may continue to work on your online application after you have submitted the required paperwork to ORS.

Thursday, October 31, 2024, 12:00 p.m. PT

Applicant's e-submission deadline
See procedure #4 below. Your final application should be submitted via the Research Portal.

Friday, November 1, 2024, 4:30 p.m. PT

Sponsor deadline
While ORS makes every effort to submit all applications on time and to facilitate support for our research community, applications submitted after the UBC internal deadline are not guaranteed to receive an administrative review from ORS, which includes confirmation of the application's completeness.

Note: The NSERC deadline for Project applications requesting $500,000 or more per year to the Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants Program is October 1, 2024.

Useful resource: NSERC DG Instructions, Research Portal – FAQs and the UBC SPARC Office’s DG information page.


1. Application preparation

Your application must be prepared and submitted using the Research Portal and NSERC CCV. Instructions can be found on the NSERC web site. Select “The University of British Columbia” as the Administering Institution (do not select “Technical University of British Columbia”).

2. Understand and comply with faculty-specific requirements and/or deadlines

Use the UBC Research Project Information Form (RPIF) and follow UBC Signatures requirements.

For co-applicants, electronic acceptance of the PI’s invitation to participate in the application meets NSERC requirements, so physical signatures are not required. However, UBC co-applicants will need to determine with their Department/Faculty whether they need to review and sign the application. External authorized institution signature is required for co-apps outside of UBC. Please use ORS signature page.

If you are a co-applicant on a grant application initiated by a PI at another institution, you must still submit a copy of the application with required UBC signatures for ORS review and approval per NSERC policy.

Please check with your grant facilitator regarding faculty-specific requirements and/or deadlines.

3. Submit required pages to the appropriate ORS contact by the internal deadline

You can e-mail the pages to the appropriate ORS location. Ensure you have collected ALL required signatures prior to submitting to ORS, and that the documents submitted to ORS are identical to your Research portal submission.

  • A signed UBC Research Project Information Form (RPIF). Also submit an ORS signature page if you have any internal or external co-applicants. If co-applicants are within UBC, they will need to determine with their Department/Faculty whether they need to review and sign the application. External authorized institution signature is required for co-apps outside of UBC.
  • Co-applicants page
  • Identification page (page 1 of the application)
  • Summary of Proposal Page
  • Proposed Expenditures and budget justification pages

4. Submit your ONLINE application by 12:00pm one working day before the sponsor deadline

Submit your full application online using the Research Portal and NSERC CCV by the e-Submission Deadline stated above. To do this, the applicant must complete and link all the forms as described in the NSERC instructions. First “Verify” to ensure the application is complete. Then click “Submit” to submit your application to ORS for online approval. 

5. ORS reviews your application

If all requirements are met, ORS will approve your application on the Research Portal by NSERC’s deadline. ORS has read-only access to your application and cannot make changes. If the application is not approved, ORS will return it to you for changes. ORS is no longer required to physically sign applications submitted through NSERC Research Portal.

6. ORS approves and submits your application

Once ORS has approved your application, the status on the NSERC Research Portal will change from "Received by Administrator" to “Received by Agency” (see Definition of Application Status). Material or revisions received under separate cover (before or after the deadline date) will not be accepted by NSERC.


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