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PromoScience Grant

Research Admin Offices:


Funding Type:



up to a maximum of $200,000/year for three years


  • Natural Sciences and Engineering


Internal Deadline:

September 1, 2020

Sponsor Deadline:

September 15, 2020


NSERC’s PromoScience Program offers financial support for organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering (including mathematics and technology). Organizations may request funds for up to three years at a time.

PromoScience supports hands-on learning experiences for young students and their 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.

Note that grants may not be used to support research. Details on the eligibility of expenses are contained in the Use of Grant Funds section of the PromoScience Grants Guide. The information in this Guide may change without notice.

All eligible applications are peer reviewed by the PromoScience/NSERC Awards for Science Promotion Selection Committee. Members are chosen from the science and engineering promotion community, and the education community, based on their stature and expertise. Committee members are responsible for respecting the confidentiality of application material and the review process, and for declaring real, potential or apparent conflicts of interest. All members are required to sign a declaration of confidentiality and non-disclosure.


Internal Notice of Intent

Draft Application


01 September

Sponsor Final Application 15 September


PromoScience encourages a wide variety of organizations to help young Canadians in elementary school and high school (including the equivalent first year of college in Quebec), and their teachers, to develop science and engineering skills and interests. Organizations that encourage Indigenous undergraduate students to pursue graduate studies in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) are additionally eligible.

PromoScience grants support organizations that:

  • work with young Canadians to inspire an interest in science and engineering
  • motivate young people to study science and engineering and to pursue careers in these fields
  • bring interactive, hands-on science experiences to young people

These include organizations that:

  • focus on under-represented and disadvantaged groups in NSE careers
  • provide instruction and resources to science, math and technology teachers

Is your organization eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a Canadian registered non-profit organization, post-secondary institution, or non-federal museum or science centre
  • demonstrate ongoing involvement in the promotion of NSE to young Canadians

Examples of ineligible organizations include:

  • federal departments and agencies
  • federal museums and “friends of a federal museum” societies
  • provincial, territorial, regional and municipal government departments
  • organizations running one-time, project-specific activities
  • elementary schools, high schools and school boards

Application/Nomination Process:

Read the PromoScience program description before completing the PromoScience application summary form. Accessibility notice: If you cannot access the content, contact the online services helpdesk by email at or by telephone at 613-995-4273. Indicate the email address and telephone number where you can be reached.


Program website


If you intend to submit an application, please contact Nathan Coschi, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS