Yikes, even though our proposal to NSERC (I think that stands for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council) wouldn't be due until November 1, I just discovered that we need to get a 'Notification of Intent' in to them by next Wednesday (August 1). It hadn't occurred to me that NSERC had an advance registration requirement, and, if it did, I would have expected registration to be due a month before the grant submission deadline, as is the case for CIHR.
Luckily the people who send UBC faculty 'Grant Opportunity Updates' thought to include a reminder about this - otherwise I'd have missed the registration deadline for sure. If they're like CIHR, there's no recourse for missing the deadline, but it's worse for NSERC because they have only one submission deadline each year.
And of course NSERC doesn't seem to use the 'Common CV' system that most other agencies do, so I have to input all my information again...
And, because NSERC does send proposals out to external reviewers, unlike CIHR, I need to come up with a list of 5 possible reviewers. That will take some thinking. While I'm at it, I'll also ask for pointers from friends who regularly apply to NSERC.
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