NSERC Discovery Frontiers Program - Call for Proposals

Tue. Dec. 18, 2018

NSERC is launching its next call for proposals under its Discovery Frontiers program. This round of funding will focus on antimicrobial resistance in the environment. Funding available is $1 million per year for four years.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses or fungi, change in ways that reduce or eliminate the effectiveness of the antimicrobials used to treat infections. The broad use of antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine and in the agriculture has resulted in the rise of resistant populations which develop and spread. Poor infection control practices, inadequate sanitation and inappropriate food handling also encourage the spread of AMR.

To address this important challenge, this round of Discovery Frontiers funding is expected to support a program that will be paradigm-shifting, transdisciplinary in nature, involve international collaboration, and foster new expertise and capacity. Effective collaboration and communication will be required across multiple disciplines in the natural sciences and engineering, as well as the social and health sciences.

A successful research program on AMR should integrate disciplines in new ways and provide new strategies and solutions at the forefront of this significant scientific challenge. Potential areas of research include, but are not limited to: environmental sources and fate of antibiotic resistant microbes/genes, resistance ecology, resistance evolution, microbial community impacts, ecosystem impacts, impacts of AMR organisms on the environment, animal role as vectors, animal health risks, and mitigation options for further environmental AMR increase.

This is NSERC’s fifth call for proposals under Discovery Frontiers initiative. Previous calls have targeted biodiversity and adaptation of biosystems, northern earth systems research, new materials for clean energy and energy efficiency, and exploring big data science in genomics research. 

The application begins with a Letter of Intent due no later than March 1, 2019 (exact date is yet to be determined)

To learn more about this call, visit the Discovery Frontiers program page at: