Alliance grants

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Alliance grants encourage university researchers to collaborate with partner organizations, which can be from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors.
These grants provide matching funds or in-kind resources of up to $1 million annually to support research projects led by strong, complementary, collaborative teams that will generate new knowledge and accelerate the application of research results to create benefits for Canada.

Comments on Funding:

Funding ranges from $20,000 to $1 million per year.
NSERC funding for Option 1 ranges from 50% to 66.7% of the project costs (Value: $20,000 to $1 million per year), the remainder amount must be the Partner organization's contribution, as following:
a) 50% for large organizations as a sole partner organization from any sector (private, public or not-for-profit);
b) 50% for large organizations in partnership exclusively with other large organizations within the same sector;
c) 66.7% for large organizations in partnership with other large organizations from a different sector;
d) 66.7% for large organizations in partnership with SMEs from any sector;
e) 66.7% for SMEs as a sole partner organization from any sector;
f) 66.7% for SMEs in partnership with other organizations of any size and from any sector. NSERC funding for Option 2 offers funding for 100% of the project costs (Value: over $30,000 to $300,000 per year). The partners can be from any sector and the partnership must include at least one partner organization that could be recognized for cost-sharing, although a cash contribution is not required.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Applicants must be:

  • Canadian university researchers on their own or as a team with co-applicants who are also eligible academic researchers,
  • collaborating with at least one partner organization (private-sector, public-sector or not-for-profit organizations) whose cash contributions will be recognized for cost-sharing. Applicants may also collaborate with other partner organizations who play an important role in their research project whether or not their cash contributions are recognized for cost sharing.
    Alliance grants support projects of varying scale and complexity, from short-term smaller projects involving one researcher to long-term projects involving researchers across several universities, and from one-on-one collaborations with one partner organization directly involved in the research to projects involving many partner organizations across multiple sectors.
Application Steps:

Applications must be submitted through NSERC’s online system.

The application includes three components:

1. a proposal: complete an application for a grant (form 101); 2. the risk assessment questionnaire and the risk mitigation plan (when applicable), in the case where the research partnership involves one or more partner organizations from the private sector, including when the applicants participate alongside other partner organizations from the public and/or not-for-profit sectors;

3. applicant's must complete a personal data form with CCV attachment (form 100A), and ask any co-applicants to complete one as well;

4. the representative at each partner organization must complete the Partner organization section; other funders and post-secondary institutions do not complete this section.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. a National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships’ risk assessment form;
2. the application for a grant: form 101;
3. a personal data form with CCV attachment (form 100A);
4. the Impact Assessment Form (Appendix A).

Other Things to Note:

There are 2 options of cost-sharing:
1. Option 1 with no limits for applications per year, grant size ranging from $20,000 to $1 million per year and project duration ranging 1 to 5 years.
2. Option 2 with limited number of applications within a 12-month period (1 for researchers as applicant or as co-applicant), grant size ranging from $30,000 to $300,000 per year and project duration ranging 1 to 5 years.
Modified: 2023-06-23

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