College and Community Innovation Program – Build and Extend Innovation Enhancement Grants – NSERC (2021)
The College and Community Innovation Program – Innovation Enhancement Grants stimulate applied research that brings together necessary expertise from diverse fields such as natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities, and/or health sciences to address business-driven challenges and opportunities.
The objective of the IE grants is to increase innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).There are 3 levels of the Innovation Enhancement Grants: Entry-Level, Build and Extend.
Comments on Funding:
Funding for Build and Extend Innovation Enhancement Grants is up to $400,000 per year. Cash and in-kind contributions from companies are required.Funding for Extend Innovation Enhancement Grants is up to $300,000 per year. Cash and in-kind contributions from companies are required.
The applicant must:
Eligible companies must:
- $300,000, of which at least $75,000 must be in cash over the five years of the grant for Build IE grants;
- $600,000, of which at least $300,000 must be in cash over the three years of the grant for Extend IE grants.
The active participation and contributions (cash and in-kind) from governments (provincial, municipal, federal) and other organizations are encouraged, as they strengthen the application by broadening the impact of the applied research activities on the local or regional community. Please note that cash and in-kind contributions from such public-sector sources will strengthen the proposal but will not count toward the minimum company contribution levels.
Eligible partners are:
Colleges must submit Letters of intent (for Build IE grants only) that will be evaluated by the CCI review committee, consisting of members who understand the role of colleges in economic development and their link with SMEs and who have experience in the private sector and with innovation activities at the community level. This committee will recommend to NSERC the colleges to be invited to submit applications.
Colleges must submit an Application (for Build IE LOIs invited to Stage II and Extend IE grants).
Applicants must submit:
Other Things to Note:
The CCI program will no longer be accepting Innovation Enhancement (IE) grant applications.
The CCI program is currently being redesigned to simplify, streamline and address the changing dynamics of applied research in colleges and communities across Canada. The current suite of CCI program opportunities will be transitioned to the new grant types over the current year. These new grant types are expected to be made available in the fall of 2021.
NSERC will honor commitments to previously awarded IE grants.
When It Ends:
May 21, 2020