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NSERC Alliance Grant Program Option 2

Research Admin Offices:

  • MILO

Funding Type:



  • Health Sciences
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering



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NSERC has announced the launch of the new research partnerships program, the Alliance Grants.

This program will replace the Collaborative Research and Development (CRD), Engage (and Engage Plus), Industrial Research Chairs, Strategic Partnership (Projects and Networks), Experience and Connect grants.

The objective of the Alliance Grant is to encourage greater collaboration in Canada’s research and development system by 1) providing support for projects that include both generators and users of research results and knowledge, and 2) accommodating a broader range of partners. Alliance also includes incentives for collaborations with small and medium-sized enterprises and multi-sectoral partnerships, and offers an accelerated means for projects to scale and grow.

Key benefits:

  • single point of entry to rapidly develop new partnerships, or facilitate the growth of existing research collaborations;
  • support for projects of different levels of scale and complexity from new, short term, one-on-one collaborations, to larger multi-stakeholder research teams;
  • enhanced flexibility in the types of projects and partners, providing more opportunities for more innovative collaborations;
  • supports research focused on outcomes as well as the training of research talent in a multi-partner environment;streamlined application process resulting in faster decision times, thereby supporting modern and fast-breaking research.

NSERC Alliance Grants, Option 2
During this initial phase, applications requesting over $30,000 and up to $100,000 per year will be accepted, and the number of applications each applicant (as principal investigator or as co-applicant) may submit will be limited to one within a 12-month period.

Alliancae option 2 applications will be evaluated in two stages. Full applications will be submitted to a multidisciplinary and multisectoral selection committee that will assess whether a higher NSERC contribution is justified. The selection committee will meet on a quarterly basis, starting in the Spring. If selected, applications will then proceed to the second step for review of overall merit, similar to option 1.

Application/Nomination Process:

Applications are managed through NSERC’s online system. Instructions can be found at This is an open competition program, without deadlines.

The Alliance Grants require a CCV. Form 100 is not used for Alliance applications. The Form 183A (that was previously completed by the industry partner) has now been replaced by the Partner Organization Form at

For full details about Alliance grants and how to apply, please visit the Alliance webpage and the Frequently Asked Questions webpage


For support, please contact Amber Metham, Associate Director, Research Contracts, MILO.

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