Canadian mathematicians urge NSERC to revise Discovery Grants program

April 29, 2011

Dozens of members of Canada's mathematics community have signed an open letter to the federal minister of industry and NSERC's president decrying cuts and changes in the way the council is now distributing its Discovery Grants, which support junior scholars. The signatories argue NSERC's most recent awards were inconsistent with grants made in previous years. The mathematicians want a new peer-review to be revised. If not, the signatories warn that Canada could lose the reputation for excellence it has built over the last decade through programs such as the Canada Research Chairs. The Discovery Grants program is the one of the largest NSERC operates, accounting for a third of the agency's budget. Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Read the statement