College and Community Innovation Program – Connect Grants – NSERC

  • This program is currently closed.


Connect Grants provide financial support for the Canadian research community to develop and promote new college-industry partnerships.

There are 2 levels of Connect Grant funding: Level 1 for domestic travel costs and Level 2 for activities aimed at developing or promoting new college–industry partnerships.

Comments on Funding:

Typical funding requests range from $1,000 to $5,000. Level 1 and Level 2 Connect Grants provide up to $5,000 each.For exceptional activities, requests of up to $25,000 may be considered.  


The applicant must:

  • Work at a Canadian college that has been declared eligible to administer grants by NSERC, CIHR and/or SSHRC,
  • Propose a project across the spectrum of natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities or health.

Industrial partners

For activities that aim to build research partnerships with an industrial partner, the company partner must in general:

  • operate from a Canadian base;
  • demonstrate clear intentions and capacity to further develop and apply any technology within Canada. Companies must demonstrate the ability to exploit a research project’s results. In this context, the resources, capabilities and experience of the company and its staff are relevant. Holding companies and companies that are unable to further develop the technology in-house are not eligible.
  • have a minimum of two full-time employees;
  • be in operation for a minimum of two years.

Start-up companies may be considered, provided that they meet the requirements above.

Documentation Needed:

The applicant must submit:

  • A proposal, 
  • A Connect Grant Application Form (Form 401),
  • A College and Community Innovation Program Personal Data Form (Form 103CV),
  • Supplementary information for Level 2 Connect applications, if applicable: a draft agenda and a tentative list of invited participants.

Other Things to Note:

The CCI Program will no longer be accepting Connect grant applications. Changes to the CCI Program are currently under development and will be communicated to the college community in the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Program no longer active at the beginning of 2021.

Program Contact:

NSERC-College and Community Innovation Program – Connect Grants website

NSERC-College and Community Innovation Program


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