Call for Application: NSERC Discovery Enhancement Program 2024

We are now accepting applications for the 2024 NSERC Discovery Enhancement Program (deadline April 26, 2024). Details about this program, including how to apply are below.


NSERC Discovery Grant Enhancement Program

The Office of Research Services at Lakehead University is pleased to announce the continuation of the NSERC Enhancement Program in the spring of 2024. This program is designed to encourage and support researchers at Lakehead University to begin preparation of their NSERC Discovery Grant applications well in advance of the internal deadline, with the goal of increasing overall success rates.


While the program is designed to support early career researchers in obtaining NSERC Discovery Grant funding, application to the program is open to all faculty. Those who have participated in previous enhancement programs are welcome to re-apply to the program on an audit-only basis. Priority will be given to tenure-track faculty. The number of participants will not exceed 10 per year.


Proposed Dates:
Workshops will run once a week for 4 consecutive weeks (specific dates and times to be determined in collaboration with participants).
Start: Week of May 21st - May 24th, 2024

End: Week of June 10th - June 14th, 2024
Discovery Grant Draft Submission: On or before July 15th, 2024



Program Structure:

Four, 1-hour workshops will be led and facilitated by Dr. Lexi Haslehurst, NSERC Research Facilitator, outlining the primary components of the Discovery grant application and adjudication criteria.

Participants are expected to draft and submit a preliminary application to the Facilitator one month after completion of the program (July 15th, 2024). The participant will then be provided with feedback intended to assist in further development of a Discovery Grant for submission in the autumn term.

Topics to be discussed include: 1) An overview of the Discovery Grant program; 2) Evaluation criteria for applications; 3) Demonstrating research excellence; 4) Developing an HQP training plan; 5) Incorporation of equity, diversity, and inclusion; 6) Budgets; 7) Developing a research proposal.


Participants in the program will be eligible for a research grant of up to $1500, distributed in two installments, to aid in the development of their Discovery Grant applications. Researchers may use this grant for costs associated with research, including but not limited to hiring research assistants and grant writers/editors, collecting preliminary data, and meeting with research partners. Participants may only receive this grant once but may audit future Discovery Grant Enhancement programs if desired. 

The $1500 grant will be distributed in two allotments: 1) $750 following completion of the four modules; and 2) $750 after they have applied to the NSERC Discovery Grant program in the autumn.


To be considered for participation, researchers will need to submit an application through ROMEO (click on Apply New à Tri-Agency Grant Enhancement Programs). Applications will include a brief project summary, a summary of the applicant’s experience with tri-agency grants, and a budget for the $1,500 research grant. 

Applications are due Friday, April 26th, 2024.

If you need help using the ROMEO system, please contact Darren Lampson, ROMEO administrator, at

For general questions about the program, please contact Dr. Lexi Haslehurst at