Type of Program:
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 is up to $100,000 per year for 2 years. Cash contributions from companies are not required.
When It Ends:
The applicant must:
Eligible companies must:
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 (fewer than before; 4 instead of 6):
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.