Amount:

$250,000

Type of Program:

Grants


Description:

Innovation Links Grants support college-university collaborations working with the business sector to realize successful commercialization. They are intended to support college and university participation in the improvement or extension of existing company technology or commercial products, processes and/or services. Direct project costs are shared by the company partner(s) and the CCI Program.

Comments on Funding:

The maximum grant for either participant, college or university, is $125,000 per year ($250,000 per year for both the college and university participants combined).

The eligible company partner(s) contribution(s) must be at least equal to the amount requested from NSERC, in cash and/or in-kind – of which at least one third must be in cash (e.g., for a maximum request of $125,000 for the college participants and $125,000 for the university participants the company partner(s) total contribution(s) must be at least $250,000, of which a minimum of $83,333 must be in cash).


When It Ends:

Ongoing

Deadline:

Rolling deadline

Eligibility:

The applicant must:

  • have as project lead either the college or university 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 and/or health sciences fields;
  • have partner company/companies participate in the project and contribute to the direct costs of research with the required cash and in-kind contributions (at least equal to the amount requested from NSERC, in cash and/or in-kind – of which at least one third must be in cash). 

Eligible partners are:

  • Canadian public or private for-profit companies, including start-up companies
  • Multinationals with significant business operations in Canada (eligible as partner, but restricted to the Canadian location/unit of the company),
  • Industrial associations, producer groups or formal consortiums in Canada
  • Public utilities in Canada

Application Steps:

1

Applicants must follow the instructions for completing the forms and the on-line submission are found on NSERC's On-line Services page. NSERC FAQ

2

An application must include at least one eligible college and one eligible university, as well as an eligible supporting company. 

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  • F103CV (form-fillable) – CCI Personal Data Form and instructions OR Form 100 – Personal Data Form, 
  • Form 103 – Application for the CCI Program
  • Form 183A – Information Required from Organizations participating in Research Partnerships Programs

About the author 

Maurice

Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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