Treasury Board’s main estimates for 2011-12 were put out this week. On page 219 you will find the estimates for NSERC. Discover grants are scheduled to go up by $2M (less than 0.5% increase) while infrastructure will go down by $.5M. Base RPP programs will grow by $57M. This represents a 21.7% increase. Most of this is for the new college programs. Scholarship will go down by $15M (10%). There is more explanation on page 220. But the main story is 5 years old. It is about the following NSERC data for the total amounts awarded in all EG’s for individual discovery grants:
Granted that the amount awarded for DG varies from year to year, but the numbers above are troubling, since what matters (roughly) is the comparison after a five-year cycle, as that is when most of the 2011 applicants got their last grant. The data shows that both Mathematics/Statistics and Chemistry dropped almost 20%.
Here is the data for Math/Stats
Below are the 2006-10 tables (for all disciplines) that you can find at
The 2011 data can be found at