NSERC Alliance Grants


Budget 2018 made historic investments in NSERC to support Canada’s diverse research community and knowledge discovery. In addition, the Government of Canada committed to simplifying the landscape of federal grants in support of research and innovation to further accelerate the application of knowledge.

As a result, Budget 2018 proposed that Engage Grants (including Engage Plus Grants), Industrial Research Chairs, Connect Grants, Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks and Projects, Experience Awards, and the existing Collaborative Research and Development Grants be consolidated into a single grant program.

NSERC is leading in this effort by modernizing, simplifying and improving its Research Partnerships programs in consultation with its community. The new program will aim to encourage greater collaboration in Canada’s R&D system through increased support for projects that include both generators and users of research results and knowledge.

First phase of Alliance grants open for applications

We are pleased to announce that Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (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 the website for the latest information and sign up on the Alliance webpage to be added to the mailing list.

For full details about the Alliance grants and how to apply, please visit the new Alliance webpage.

Information sessions

Over the next few months, NSERC will be offering presentations on Alliance at universities across the country. Please check with your respective institution; or contact a representative from one of NSERC’s Regional Offices.

Program transitions

Please note that applications to two of NSERC’s prior partnership programs, the Collaborative Research and Development grants program and the Engage and Engage Plus grants, will be accepted until May 31, 2019. Visit the Program transitions webpage and the FAQ page for more details.

Contact us

If you have any questions or comments about Alliance grants please contact Alliance@nserc-crsng.gc.ca and sign up on the Alliance webpage to be added to the mailing list so you can stay up to date on the latest information.