The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has released a Call for Applications for the NSERC PromoScience Program.  This program offers financial support for initiatives that promote the natural sciences and engineering to Canada’s young people, particularly to groups such as girls and Indigenous peoples that are under-represented in scientific and engineering careers.



To support hands-on learning experiences for young students and their science teachers.  Grants may be used to cover improvements to program content or delivery, as well as for new programs and activities.  Grants can also be used to cover operational costs such as salaries, travel, postage, materials and supplies, provided that they relate to the promotion of science and engineering.



Post-secondary institutions will be limited to one PromoScience application per department. Faculties that do not have departments will be limited to one application from that Faculty. If multiple applications come in per department/Faculty, as applicable, the Faculty will select which applications go forward. Therefore, please notify your Faculty research office as soon as possible if you are interested in applying.



Up to $200K/year


NSERC will not fund 100% of the costs of a proposed activity. NSERC’s contribution is generally up to one-third of a program’s funding, but NSERC will allow more flexibility if justified for competition 2020 given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19.



Up to 3 years


NSERC Webex Information Session

Meeting Name 2020 PromoScience Information Session
Date English webinar on July 21, 2020 (OR French webinar on July 22, 2020)
Time 1:00 to 2:30 pm (Ottawa time – ET)




Full proposal due at ORS for full review Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Final proposal and fully signed ORS Checklist due at ORS for required review by 9:00 am Friday, September 11, 2020
Full proposal due at agency Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Please contact your Faculty Research Officer for information on their internal deadlines.


For complete details on the PromoScience Program and application process, please consult the following links:


ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here: