Effective for the 2016 Discovery Grants competition, NSERC will no longer accept Team Grant applications through the Discovery Grants Program. After careful evaluation, it was determined that Team Grants are not the most effective way of meeting the needs of the research community.
About one per cent of Discovery Grant applications come from teams. NSERC’s analysis has shown that the team grant model does not fit well within the Discovery Grants Program. The objective of Discovery Grants is to support on‑going research programs over a number of years. Research evolves quickly and individual Discovery Grants can offer more flexibility than Team Grants.
While all Discovery Grant applications will be made individually starting with the 2016 competition, NSERC encourages applicants to continue incorporating collaboration into their individual applications. The track record on collaboration so far has been a good one. Typically, researchers participate in a variety of collaborations, often internationally, at different times within the span of their Discovery Grants.
Currently funded Team Grants will continue to be supported until the end of the award. Researchers who are supported by an NSERC Team Grant should submit an individual Discovery Grant application when submitting a new request for funding.