NSERC Alliance International

Alliance International will provide support for researchers in Canada to work with leading international researchers from the academic sector, and to establish and grow international research collaborations and projects that have a high potential for impact in NSE disciplines. The overall objectives are to: 1) allow Canadian researchers to initiate the development of international collaborations; and 2) provide support for Canadian researchers participating in international collaborative projects of global importance and benefit to Canada. Two grant types are offered: Catalyst grants and Collaboration grants.


  • $25,000 (Catalyst grants) up to $100,000 per year (Collaboration grants) 
  • 1 year (Catalyst grants) up to 3 years (Collaboration grants) 


  • If you are a Canadian university researcher who is eligible to receive NSERC funds
  • Can apply on your own or as a team with co-applicants who are also eligible academic researchers
  • You and any Canadian co-applicants must have an active NSERC peer-reviewed grant, as primary applicant, at the time of application
  • Must identify at least one international academic researcher with whom you will collaborate
  • In the case of an Alliance International Collaboration grant, your international collaborator must have secured funding from their own funding agency at the time of your application to NSERC


  • You can apply to support any R&D project that seeks to respond to a research challenge in the natural sciences or engineering (see Selecting the appropriate federal granting agency)
  • You cannot use Alliance International to support secret or contract research


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No Deadline


Contact Name: 
Brandie Lea
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$25,000 - $100,000
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