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NSERC Discovery
Grant Workshop
Charity Parr-Vásquez, PhD | Sept 12, 2013
Eligibility
Faculty
• hold, or have a firm offer of, an academic
appointment at a Canadian institution (minimum
three-year...
Eligibility
Subject Matter
• Discovery Grants support:
–research programs in the natural sciences
and engineering (NSE); a...
Eligibility of health-related
research
Eligible for NSERC support:
• animal health and veterinary medicine.
• nutraceutica...
Psychology
• fundamental psychological processes (their underlying neural
mechanisms, development within individuals, and
...
Timeline
Aug 1
Submit
NOI
Sept 21
ORS editing
revision
assistance
ORS
proofreading
and budget
Oct 14 Oct 21
ORS
internal
d...
Review Process
Three-step process
1) External Peer review
2) Merit assessment
3) Funding recommendations.
The process
has ...
External Peer Review
• Applications are sent to 0-4 peer reviewers
• Maybe from the list provided, but not always
• Provid...
• Currently 12 evaluation groups
• Each application is reviewed and voted on by
5 Evaluation Group members
– depending on ...
Merit Assessment:
Evaluation Criteria
Excellence
of
Researcher
HQP training
Merit of
Proposal
Excellence of Researcher
Excellence
of
Researcher
HQP training
Merit of
Proposal
Knowledge, expertise and
experience
Quali...
HQP training
HQP
training
Excellence
of
Researcher
Merit of
Proposal
Quality and extent of past
and potential contribution...
Merit of the Proposal
Merit of
Proposal
HQP training
Excellence
of
Researcher
Originality and innovation
Proposal suggests...
Merit Assessment
Exceptional
Outstanding
VeryStrong
Strong
Moderate
Insufficient
Funding"Bins"
A (L, N, H)
B (L, N, H)
C (...
A rating in any
of the three
categories of
‘insufficient’
will result in an
unsuccessful
application
Funding Recommendations
$$$$$$
$$$$$
$$$$
$$$
Quality bin determines the amount of
funding an application will receive;
Ap...
The Grant Application
A full Discovery Grant application includes:
• an Application for a Grant (research portal),
with su...
CCV and Research portal
Changes from past years
• Eligibility profile- New section
• HQP training plan- text box
• Past contributions to the train...
• Additional information on contributions – text
box (previously found in Form 100)
• Research Team –text box
• Activity d...
CCV
CCV- Checklist
Personal information (person profile, current
employment, address)
Education
Recognitions (awards, disti...
CCV Tips
• Only go back 6 years with the exception of
funding (4 years), recognitions, employment
details, academic detail...
Where do I put…?
• Administrative positions (ie Chair, grad
coordinator)- under “work experience”
• Book edited- under “ed...
HQP
• If trainee was an undergraduate at the time
(summer student, volunteer, thesis student,
research assistant)– Bachelo...
Oral presentations vs conference
publications
• If you gave a talk at a conference only list that
contribution in the “pre...
The Proposal
Program vs. Project
“The Discovery Grants Program supports
ongoing programs of research (with long-term
goals...
Application
 Identification
Summary of proposal (3800 characters)
Proposed expenditures
Budget Justification (2 page a...
Application
Additional information on Contributions (3800
characters/researcher)
Research team (3800 characters)
Activi...
Recent research progress
related to the proposal (or
attributable to your previous DG)
Objectives–short-AND long-term
Pert...
Recent progress
• Highlight only research that relates to the
proposal
• Highlight impact
• Describe how it provides a fou...
Objectives
The objectives should flow naturally from the
needs you will identify in your literature review
Long-term objec...
Literature review
• Demonstrates your awareness of the
environment you exist in
• Convince the reviewer that there is a ne...
Methodology
• Usually longest and most detailed piece of
application
• Explain how you will address the objectives
• Demon...
Feasibility
• Demonstrate your experience with the
methodology by referencing publications
• If you do not have direct exp...
Anticipated significance
• Expectations for impact
• Who/what will benefit and how (industry,
health of Canadians, other r...
Team Grants
• Same requirements as Individual, but
additional details required:
– Description of expertise, expected roles...
The 5-page proposal
Suggested approximate page breakdown
progress report/
lit. review
object-
ives
methods & approach
bene...
HQP training plan
• Be explicit- Who, why, what, how
• Highlight unique aspects of your training program-
Collaborations, ...
Budget/budget Justification
Include costs for:
Salaries
Dissemination
Travel
Materials and Supplies
Equipment (not encoura...
Relationship to other research support
• Very important section that is often overlooked
• Provide: Main objectives, metho...
Past contributions to HQP
• Be specific
– Number
– Names
– Type
– Project
– Current places of employment
– Significant ach...
Significant contributions
• Up to 5 significant contributions from the past 6
years (10 years if coming from outside acade...
Additional Information on
Contributions
• nature of collaborations with other researchers;
• order of authors in the publi...
Final Steps
• All forms and attachments must be submitted to
NSERC electronically by Laurier internal deadline of
Oct 21
•...
Stats
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
successrate(%)
Year
Success Rate Discovery Program
Laurier
All U...
Application Resources
• “Discovery Grants Information Centre”
• Peer Review Manual
• Videos:
– “Tips on applying for an NS...
Research Office Application Assistance
Proposal writing, editing, proofreading, budgets,
technical assistance with forms a...
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2013 NSERC Discovery Grant Workshop

  1. 1. NSERC Discovery Grant Workshop Charity Parr-Vásquez, PhD | Sept 12, 2013
  2. 2. Eligibility Faculty • hold, or have a firm offer of, an academic appointment at a Canadian institution (minimum three-year term position) and take up the position no later than September 1 of the year of the award; • be in a position that requires independent research and allows supervision of highly qualified personnel (HQP); and • spend a minimum of six months per year at an eligible Canadian institution (if holding a position outside Canada). http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/Eligibility-Admissibilite/faculty- corpsprof_eng.asp
  3. 3. Eligibility Subject Matter • Discovery Grants support: –research programs in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE); and –interdisciplinary research that is predominantly in the NSE •Significance, impact, advancement of knowledge or practical applications in NSE http://www.science.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=FEE7261A-1#SSHRC1
  4. 4. Eligibility of health-related research Eligible for NSERC support: • animal health and veterinary medicine. • nutraceuticals or functional foods. • fundamental processes in humans. • development of monitoring and diagnostic Not eligible for NSERC support: • refinement of existing health technology • vaccines, active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) • investigation/treatment of injuries or performance. • animal models of human diseases
  5. 5. Psychology • fundamental psychological processes (their underlying neural mechanisms, development within individuals, and evolutionary and ecological context) – Sensation and perception; – Sensorimotor integration; – Motivation, emotion and reward; – Learning and memory; – Cognition and language; – Sleep, arousal and the chronobiological modulation of behaviour; and, – Statistical methods for analysis of psychological data.
  6. 6. Timeline Aug 1 Submit NOI Sept 21 ORS editing revision assistance ORS proofreading and budget Oct 14 Oct 21 ORS internal deadline Submission to NSERC Nov 1 Mar/Apr Results announced
  7. 7. Review Process Three-step process 1) External Peer review 2) Merit assessment 3) Funding recommendations. The process has changed!
  8. 8. External Peer Review • Applications are sent to 0-4 peer reviewers • Maybe from the list provided, but not always • Provide feedback based on review criteria • Used to inform NSERC review committee, and provide feedback to applicant
  9. 9. • Currently 12 evaluation groups • Each application is reviewed and voted on by 5 Evaluation Group members – depending on the proposal focus it may be reviewed by members from 1 or more Evaluation Group • Generate the final report 1501 Genes, Cells and Molecules 1509 Civil, Industrial and 1502 Biological Systems and Functions Systems Engineering 1503 Evolution and Ecology 1510 Electrical and Computer 1504 Chemistry Engineering 1505 Physics 1511 Materials and Chemical 1506 Geosciences Engineering 1507 Computer Science 1512 Mechanical Engineering 1508 Mathematics and Statistics Merit Assessment: Evaluation Group
  10. 10. Merit Assessment: Evaluation Criteria Excellence of Researcher HQP training Merit of Proposal
  11. 11. Excellence of Researcher Excellence of Researcher HQP training Merit of Proposal Knowledge, expertise and experience Quality of past or potential contributions and impact on the proposed and other areas of research Importance of contributions to- and use by- other researchers and end-users Complementarity of expertise of the members of the team and synergy (where applicable)
  12. 12. HQP training HQP training Excellence of Researcher Merit of Proposal Quality and extent of past and potential contributions to the training of HQP (e.g., post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, technicians) Appropriateness of the proposal for the training of HQP Enhancement of training arising from a collaborative or interdisciplinary environment (where applicable)
  13. 13. Merit of the Proposal Merit of Proposal HQP training Excellence of Researcher Originality and innovation Proposal suggests and explores novel or potentially transformative concepts and lines of inquiry Significance and expected contributions to research or potential for technological impact Clarity and scope of objectives Clarity and appropriateness of methodology Feasibility Extent to which the scope of the proposal addresses all relevant issues, including the need for varied expertise within or across disciplines Appropriateness and justification for the budget Explanation of the relationship between other sources of funding and the current proposal Extent to which it is clear, comprehensive, and convincing
  14. 14. Merit Assessment Exceptional Outstanding VeryStrong Strong Moderate Insufficient Funding"Bins" A (L, N, H) B (L, N, H) C (L. N. H) D (L, N, H) . . . N O P Exceptional Outstanding VeryStrong Strong Moderate Insufficient Funding"Bins" Excellence of researcher Merit of proposal Contribution to training of HQP Cost of research High Normal Low Exceptional Outstanding VeryStrong Strong Moderate Insufficient Funding"Bins" A (L, N, H) B (L, N, H) C (L. N. H) D (L, N, H) . . . N O P Exceptional Outstanding VeryStrong Strong Moderate Insufficient Funding"Bins" Excellence of researcher Merit of proposal Contribution to training of HQP Cost of research High Normal Low A=EEE B=EEO C=EOO D=EOO E=OOO • J=SSS K=SSM L=SMM Established researcher Early researcher
  15. 15. A rating in any of the three categories of ‘insufficient’ will result in an unsuccessful application
  16. 16. Funding Recommendations $$$$$$ $$$$$ $$$$ $$$ Quality bin determines the amount of funding an application will receive; Applications assigned to bin A receive the highest possible funding; Allotted funding is reduced for each successive bin; All applications in the same bin within an Evaluation Group receive a similar grant amount; Funding levels also vary across Evaluation Groups.
  17. 17. The Grant Application A full Discovery Grant application includes: • an Application for a Grant (research portal), with supporting documentation; • a CCV for the applicant and all co-applicants
  18. 18. CCV and Research portal
  19. 19. Changes from past years • Eligibility profile- New section • HQP training plan- text box • Past contributions to the training of HQP – text box (previously found in Form 100) • Most Significant Contributions – text box (previously found in Form 100)
  20. 20. • Additional information on contributions – text box (previously found in Form 100) • Research Team –text box • Activity details – new section • Proposal – Five pages for both individual or team application Changes from past years
  21. 21. CCV
  22. 22. CCV- Checklist Personal information (person profile, current employment, address) Education Recognitions (awards, distinctions, honours) User profile(application/field key words) Employment Research funding history Supervisory experience Contributions (publications, patents, etc) Other
  23. 23. CCV Tips • Only go back 6 years with the exception of funding (4 years), recognitions, employment details, academic details (unlimited) • All time bound entries must include month and year – Six year cut off is to the month – If you don’t remember the month, take you best guess – If is ongoing, estimate a future end date
  24. 24. Where do I put…? • Administrative positions (ie Chair, grad coordinator)- under “work experience” • Book edited- under “editorial activities” • Leadership roles in professional societies- under “other committees” • Grant review duties- under “other committee” • Journal refereeing- under “information on other contributions” in application
  25. 25. HQP • If trainee was an undergraduate at the time (summer student, volunteer, thesis student, research assistant)– Bachelors • If trainee was a technician or employee-do not include in table but speak about in written content of the application
  26. 26. Oral presentations vs conference publications • If you gave a talk at a conference only list that contribution in the “presentation” section only • For all other conference contributions put in the “conference publications” section • If your contribution was more than one type (paper, abstract, poster) pick one
  27. 27. The Proposal Program vs. Project “The Discovery Grants Program supports ongoing programs of research (with long-term goals) rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects.”
  28. 28. Application  Identification Summary of proposal (3800 characters) Proposed expenditures Budget Justification (2 page attachment) Relationship to other support (15200 characters) HQP training (7600 characters/researcher) Past contributions to HQP training (3800 characters/researcher, 6 years or 10 years if non- academic) Most significant contributions (11400 characters, 6 years, or 10 years if non-academic)
  29. 29. Application Additional information on Contributions (3800 characters/researcher) Research team (3800 characters) Activity details (ethics, environmental impact) Proposal (5 page attachment) Other support sources (10mb, CIHR or SSHRC summary and budget page) References (2 pages) Samples of Research Contributions (4 max)
  30. 30. Recent research progress related to the proposal (or attributable to your previous DG) Objectives–short-AND long-term Pertinent literature–put your research into context Methods and proposed approach Anticipated significance The 5-Page Proposal Original, innovative and feasible Clear and concise Do not underestimate presentation and style Use headlines from the guidelines Proofread! Write for both experts and non- experts
  31. 31. Recent progress • Highlight only research that relates to the proposal • Highlight impact • Describe how it provides a foundation
  32. 32. Objectives The objectives should flow naturally from the needs you will identify in your literature review Long-term objective describes the research thrust of your program Short term objectives are the essence of the proposal in terms of what will be accomplished in the term of the grant
  33. 33. Literature review • Demonstrates your awareness of the environment you exist in • Convince the reviewer that there is a need for your research and your project/program will address this need • Prove the need-references, statistics, charts, etc. • Do not be afraid to cite your own work (within reason)
  34. 34. Methodology • Usually longest and most detailed piece of application • Explain how you will address the objectives • Demonstrating that you know what are the appropriate steps to achieve your objectives • Specific tasks, and details (for example- recruitment strategies, pool size, sample size, statistics, etc) • Reviewer will not give you the benefit of the doubt
  35. 35. Feasibility • Demonstrate your experience with the methodology by referencing publications • If you do not have direct experience, highlight partnerships • Indicate you have access to infrastructure • Do not describe methodology that depends strictly on successive success • Outline mitigation strategies
  36. 36. Anticipated significance • Expectations for impact • Who/what will benefit and how (industry, health of Canadians, other researchers in your field, the environment) • No ‘motherhood statements’
  37. 37. Team Grants • Same requirements as Individual, but additional details required: – Description of expertise, expected roles & contributions – Discussion of collaboration among members – Details of team management and structure
  38. 38. The 5-page proposal Suggested approximate page breakdown progress report/ lit. review object- ives methods & approach benefit to field and Canada Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5
  39. 39. HQP training plan • Be explicit- Who, why, what, how • Highlight unique aspects of your training program- Collaborations, mentorship, interdisciplinary training, ‘soft skills training’ • Highlight the successes of past students • Exposure to collaborations with end users • Highlight unique-to-WLU experiences • Describe nature of co-supervision
  40. 40. Budget/budget Justification Include costs for: Salaries Dissemination Travel Materials and Supplies Equipment (not encouraged, but allowed) Do not inflate your budget Be specific and justify all requests Only request direct costs of research
  41. 41. Relationship to other research support • Very important section that is often overlooked • Provide: Main objectives, methodology, budget details, and HQP info of ALL GRANTS APPLIED FOR AND HELD • Must provide details on conceptual and budgetary relationships • “applicants who currently hold, or have applied for, research support from CIHR or SSHRC must provide the summary and budget page”
  42. 42. Past contributions to HQP • Be specific – Number – Names – Type – Project – Current places of employment – Significant achievements • Value-add – Publish – Conferences – Soft skills
  43. 43. Significant contributions • Up to 5 significant contributions from the past 6 years (10 years if coming from outside academia) • Not just a list of publications • Can be groups of publications, industry-partnerships, outreach activities, etc. • Focus on impact, significance and novelty • If applicable highlight knowledge mobilization/partnerships • DO NOT BE HUMBLE
  44. 44. Additional Information on Contributions • nature of collaborations with other researchers; • order of authors in the publications listed, and • inclusion of students in the list of authors; • role in joint publications; • reason for selecting certain venues • impact or potential impact of patents/technology transfer; • nature of industrially relevant R&D activities; • the significance of confidential reports • other activities or information to help committees to evaluate your contributions
  45. 45. Final Steps • All forms and attachments must be submitted to NSERC electronically by Laurier internal deadline of Oct 21 • Once you have submitted the grant through the e- console, the Laurier ORS must authorize it and do the final submission – this is equal to the “institutional signature” • In addition, submit to the Research Office: – the External Grant and Contract Cover Sheet, with signatures by your department chair and dean.
  46. 46. Stats 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 successrate(%) Year Success Rate Discovery Program Laurier All Universities
  47. 47. Application Resources • “Discovery Grants Information Centre” • Peer Review Manual • Videos: – “Tips on applying for an NSERC Discovery Grant” – “Demystifying the review process for NSERC Discovery Grants” • Use of Grant Funds • Discovery Grant Information Session • Research portal • CCV
  48. 48. Research Office Application Assistance Proposal writing, editing, proofreading, budgets, technical assistance with forms and on-line system Charity Parr-Vasquez, Research Facilitator for the Natural Sciences – cparrvasquez@wlu.ca, x4662
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