Amount:

 $ 500,000.00 

Type of Program:

Grants


Description:

Network Projects are flexible funding programmed for international R&D projects. The Network projects programmed eases collaboration between organizations in Eureka countries offering applicants the freedom to design their project proposal and build their ideal consortium.  

Comments on Funding:

NRC covers up to 50% of project costs for SMEs, up to a maximum of $500,000 per participant per project.
The funding is non-repayable contribution against approved work completed and invoiced.


When It Ends:

Ongoing

Deadline:

December 31, 2025

Eligibility:

Applicants must be:

  • be a small and medium-sized enterprise in Canada, incorporated and profit-oriented who partner with other SMEs and/or larger companies, not-for-profit organizations, universities or research organizations located in an EUREKA country. All organisations in any country can join a project consortium provided there are two or more participating organisations from Eureka countries.
  • have 500 or less full-time equivalent employees;
  • have the objective to grow and generate profits through development and commercialisation of innovative, technology-driven new or improved products, services, or processes in Canada.

The Network projects programme has limited eligibility criteria for joining a consortium and you can participate in an R&D project even if you are not eligible to receive any funding:

  • Your project idea must represent cooperation in the form of a specific project.
  • The project must be directed at researching or developing a product, process or service.
  • The project must have a civilian purpose.
  • The applicant's consortium must include at least two independent legal entities from at least two Eureka countries.
  • No single organization or country can be responsible for more than 70% of the project budget.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:

1

contact the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) using the form on the Eureka website to discuss their project idea, financial viability and eligibility with an NRC IRAP industrial technology advisor;

2

create an account on their application portal (one per consortium) and select the funding opportunity they want to apply to;

3

complete one application form per consortium (in English) and invite other consortium partners to fill in a partner form using the portal;

4

upload a GANTT chart (one per consortium), a signed and completed co-signature form (which they can download from the platform) and any additional required annexes.

The application will be checked for completeness and eligibility before being reviewed using a standard evaluation procedure. If successful, the project will receive a Eureka label. NRC will carry out a further evaluation of the applicant's company and project according to national rules before allocating funds to successful applicants. The due diligence process assesses the company's business and managerial capabilities, potential to achieve expected project results and outcomes, financial capabilities and its plan to commercialise the developed technologies. The final step is to complete a signed consortium agreement (CA). Applicants are advised to seek legal advice when drafting their CA.

Other Things to Note:

Network projects is open for applications all year round.

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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