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 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.

Research supported by Alliance grants will:

  • generate new knowledge and/or technology to address complex challenges;
  • create economic, social and/or environmental benefits;
  • contribute to Canada’s long-term competitiveness;
  • support public policy;
  • train new researchers in areas that are important to Canada and to the partner organizations;
  • draw on diverse perspectives and skill sets to accelerate the translation and application of research results.

Option 1
On December 2, 2019, Alliance grants will be open for applications requesting over $30, 000 annually.  Applications requesting between $20,000 and $30,000 annually will be accepted beginning on December 11, 2019. 

Option 2
Applications requesting support for up to 90% or 100% of the costs of the project will be accepted in early 2020.  This component of the Alliance grant is intended for proposals that:

  • aim at conducting natural science or engineering research that addresses an unmet societal need.  This may include research affecting public goods, or that will address national or global issues that benefit more than a singel or a few organizations, and where sources of funds are unavailable;
  • connect partnter organizations willing and able to overcome existing barriers to address these challenges and achieve results that can lead to a societal impact beyond economic benefits, and wher an increased level of support from public funds is justified

More details on the objectives and on the application and evaluation process for Option 2 will follow soon.

For more information on the financial breakdown of either Option 1 or Option 2, click here.

For full details on the Alliance grants and how to apply, please visit the Alliance webpage

Contact Name: 
Brandie Lea
Grant Amount: 
Option 1: $20,000 to $1 million per annum, for 1 to 5 years Option 2: $20,000 to $200,000 per annum, for 1 to 5 years
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Friday, December 18, 2020
Internal Deadline: 
Friday, December 18, 2020
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: