Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) – College and Community Innovation program – College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) (2022)


CCSIF grants support well-defined and focused community innovation projects undertaken by college researchers with their partners from the public, private or not-for-profit sectors.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $120,000 per year, for projects ranging from one to three years.Direct project costs are shared by the partner(s) and the funding agency.


The applicant must:

  • be Canadian colleges that have been declared eligible to administer grants by at least one of the three federal granting agencies (NSERC, CIHR and/or SSHRC). If the proposed research and knowledge or technology transfer activities lie entirely within the mandate of a single agency (NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC), the college must be declared eligible to receive funding from that granting agency.
  • offer programs in the humanities and social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and/or health sciences, in line with the applied research areas proposed;
  • have its faculty members that are involved in CCSIF grants engaged in applied research in the humanities and social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and/or health sciences;
  • provide the space, facilities and services to enable its faculty members in humanities and social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and/or health sciences to conduct applied research;
  • propose a project that addresses challenges in community innovation in the social sciences, humanities, health sciences, natural sciences and engineering research fields;
  • have partners from the public, private or not-for-profit sectors;
  • have strong relationships with community partners that have the capability and willingness to implement research results within a Canadian setting.

Community innovation: 

  • refers to the development of new ideas or the use of existing ideas to find solutions to community challenges.
  • involves an initiative, product, process or program that creates positive social and/or health outcomes for societies.
  • can result in more effective, fairer and more durable solutions to complex social problems.
  • aims to produce benefits for the community, not only for some individuals.
  • increases the ability of communities to act collectively and promotes solutions to accelerate technological innovation.

Applications Steps:

Each CCSIF grant application is reviewed by a multidisciplinary committee that includes relevant expertise from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors. Committee are asked to evaluate the proposal and make a funding recommendation to NSERC based on the selection criteria below.

Documentation Needed:

  • F103CV (form-fillable) – CCI Personal Data Form and instructions,
  • the Mitacs-NSERC joint application form as a PDF attachment in the Supporting documents section under Mitacs-NSERC supporting file if they are requesting a joint Mitacs-NSERC Accelerate internship. 

Other Things to Note:

Applicants may include in their CCSIF application a request for additional support through Mitacs Accelerate internships as a component of the training of highly qualified personnel (HQP). 

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