Alliance grants encourage university researchers to collaborate with partner organizations, which can be from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. These grants support research projects led by strong, complementary, collaborative teams that will generate new knowledge and accelerate the application of research results to create benefits for Canada.
Research supported by Alliance grants will:
- generate new knowledge and/or technology to address complex challenges;
- create economic, social and/or environmental benefits;
- contribute to Canada’s long-term competitiveness;
- support public policy;
- train new researchers in areas that are important to Canada and to the partner organizations;
- draw on diverse perspectives and skill sets to accelerate the translation and application of research results.
Projects supported under Option 2 grants will also:
- address a societal challenge that will result in new natural sciences and engineering knowledge and societal impact;
- bring together academic, partner organization and societal perspectives and skill sets throughout the collaboration; and
- demonstrate how all interested individuals will learn about and use the products, services or policies that stem from this research.
During this initial phase, applications requesting >$30K/year and up to $100K/year will be accepted (with a limit of one application over a 12-month period for applicants, either as PI or co-applicant, and a limit of 2 over a 12-month period for partner organizations). A reminder that NSERC will consider cost-sharing of 90% (private sector partner) or 100% (public/non-profit partner) for projects where an increased level of support from public funds is justified – see below for more details on evaluation and review procedures.
UBC’s SPARC office will coordinate with NSERC to communicate upcoming Alliance Option 2 webinars, and host on-campus informational/workshop sessions over the coming weeks.
SPARC contact: Paolo Marcazzan firstname.lastname@example.org