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NSERC Science Communication Skills Grant (pilot)

Research Admin Offices:


Funding Type:



Organizations may request up to $20,000 in funding for a one year period.


  • Natural Sciences and Engineering



Internal Deadline:

May 20, 2020

Sponsor Deadline:

June 11, 2020

Additional Dates:

  • Draft Application due to ROADS - May 20, 2020
  • Final Application & Signed Application form due to ROADS - June 11, 2020


 Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NSERC has extended the deadline for the Science Communication Skills Grant (pilot) competition. McMaster’s internal deadlines have been updated accordingly.

NSERC is launching a pilot funding opportunity, the Science Communication Skills grant, to support organizations providing science communication skills training to students, fellows, and faculty in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from Canadian postsecondary institutions. Promoting science and understanding how scientific inquiry works are critical to a vibrant science culture in Canada. Improved science communication increases science literacy, the appreciation of science in Canadian society, and the role of science in evidence-based decision making, while countering science-related misinformation.

Training supported by the pilot grant will educate students and researchers in STEM on how to effectively communicate science to the public.

NSERC encourages organizations to consider the needs of official-language minority communities in their area while developing activities, and to strive to have official documentation and promotional materials available in both official languages.



Eligible activities include:

  • training workshops in science communication skills
  • mentorship activities
  • conferences, symposia or webinars
  • development of resources in tandem with delivery

Funds may be used for new activities or for improvements to content or delivery of existing activities. Training linked to course-work requirements (i.e., degree or diploma programs) is not eligible.

Applicants must be a Canadian

  • registered non-profit organization,
  • postsecondary institution, or
  • non-federal museum or science centre

Additionally, you should have experience in science communication skills training and your application must involve delivering such training to a relevant audience — students, fellows, and/or faculty in STEM from Canadian postsecondary institutions. The training in communication skills should be broad rather than restricted to a single advocacy issue.

Application/Nomination Process:

If you intend to submit an application, please contact Nathan Coschi, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, at or extension 21581, by March 27, 2020.

The initial draft of the application and letters of support are due to the Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS), by April 17, 2020. Please note, applications received after this date may not receive a full review.

The final draft, and a completed and signed Application Approval Form, are due to ROADS by May 11, 2020.

ROADS will submit the application to NSERC by 4:30 pm on May 15.



Additional information regarding the Science Communication Skills grant can be found on the NSERC website.


For support, please contact Nathan Coschi, Senior Advisor, ROADS.