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NSERC Alliance Grants Information for Queen's Applicants


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This website is meant to serve as a repository of websites and resources related to NSERC Alliance Grants. Alliance Grants encourage university researchers to collaborate with partner organizations, which can be from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. These grants for 1 to 5 years from $20,000 up to $1,000,000 per year aim at supporting 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.


Program Highlights

NSERC’s grant for the Alliance projects is calculated on the basis of cost-sharing with the partner organizations. The portion of the cost of your project that can be cost-shared with NSERC includes only the cash contributions from partner organizations who are recognized for cost-sharing. The following tables show what percentage of your research project’s funding can be covered by an Alliance Grant, according to the size and type of partner organization(s) involved.

Option 1

Applications per year: no limits
Grant size: $20,000 to $1,000,000 per year
Duration: 1 to 5 years

Size of Partner Organization Type of Partnership NSERC Contribution

 

Large organizations, including private, public and not-for-profit organizations

(500 or more employees globally)

 

As a sole partner organization or in partnership exclusively with other large organizations 50%
(1:1)
As a partner with small and medium-sized enterprises such as in a value- or supply-chain relationship, or with other sectors (private, public or not-for-profit) 66%
(2:1)

 

Small and medium-sized private, public or not-for-profit organizations

(fewer than 500 employees globally)

 

 

As a sole partner organization or in partnership with other sectors (private, public or not-for-profit)

66%
(2:1)

 

Option 2

Applications within a 12-month period: 

  • Two for non-academic partners

  • Two for applicants (one as the principal investigator, one as co-applicant)

Grant size: $20,000 to $200,000 per year
Duration: 1 to 5 years

Size of Partner Organization Type of Partnership NSERC Contribution

All partner sizes

(Partnership must include one organization that is recognized for NSERC cost-sharing)

Exclusively not-for-profit and public partner organizations

100%
Any private-sector partner organization; this option requires a 10% cash contribution from the combined partner organizations 90%

Program Updates

NSERC is now accepting applications to the Alliance Grants program, beginning with applications that are requesting $150,000 or more annually from NSERC in Option 1

The Alliance Grants program will be phased in gradually. Option 1, for applications requesting less than $150,000 annually from NSERC, as well as Option 2, will be opened at a later date. Please continue to check our website for the latest information and sign up on the Alliance webpage to be added to NSERC mailing list.

The previous partnership programs such as Connect, Engage, CRD, SPG, and IRC grants are now closed for applications.


NSERC Resources for Alliance Grants


Queen's Resources for Alliance Grants

We will soon be uploading more material here that could be useful for Queen's researchers in their NSERC Alliance Grant applications.


alliance@nserc-crsng.gc.ca
613-995-1111


Queen's Contact Information

Vera Kettnaker, Ph.D.
Research Projects Advisor
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science & Smith School of Business
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 77314
Email: vmk@queensu.ca

AND

Hakan Karatas 
Research Projects Advisor
Faculty of Arts and Science & Health Sciences
Phone: 613-929-2064
Email: hakan.karatas@queensu.ca