Discovery Horizons (pilot)

Maximum Value


Sponsor Deadline

October 18, 2024

UBCO RPIF Deadline

October 11, 2024

NOI/LOI Deadline

June 14, 2024 12:00 PM

UBCO E-submission Deadline

October 17, 2024 12:00 PM

Program Description

Note: Individuals participating in a Discovery Horizons grant as an applicant or co-applicant cannot hold both a Discovery Grant and Discovery Horizons grant.  Individuals who plan on submitting a Discovery Grant NOI for the current competition may participate in a Discovery Horizons LOI as an applicant or co-applicant. However, they will need to choose which program they wish to pursue before proceeding to the full application stage, as a full application may be only submitted to one program.

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 (NSE). 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:

  1. answer NSE research questions that are best addressed through interdisciplinary approaches
  2. 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
  3. provide leading-edge NSE training for highly qualified personnel (HQP) in interdisciplinary research environments

An eligible proposal must meet both of the following criteria:

  1. Its primary objective must be to advance knowledge in the NSE
  2. It must integrate or transcend disciplines in ways that would significantly benefit from peer review by a tri-agency interdisciplinary committee

A limited number of applicants will be invited to submit a full application based on a relevance review of their LOI. Individuals are only allowed to hold or apply for one Discovery Horizons grant as either an applicant or co-applicant.

All stages of the application must be submitted through the Convergence Portal.

Full Program Terms

Proposal Development Support

For support in preparing a UBCO-led application, please get in touch with the contact below:

Denise Maines

How to Apply

For support in preparing a UBCO-led application, please get in touch with Denise Maines

RPIFs must be received at least 5 business days ahead of the deadline (Oct 11, 2024).

UBC Okanagan submission guidelines

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