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Note: This program is intended for college researchers. University researchers should apply to the Research Tools and Instruments Grants program.
|Application Deadline||November 1, 2016|
|How to Apply||See below|
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The College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program is managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Applied Research Tools and Instruments (ARTI) Grants can be across the spectrum of the natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities and/or health. All applications must be submitted to NSERC. Grants are given by NSERC, with the exception of funded proposals exclusively in the social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences, which will be given by SSHRC or CIHR, as appropriate.
The objective of the ARTI Grants is to support the purchase of research equipment and installations to foster and enhance the capacity of colleges to undertake applied research, innovation and training in collaboration with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
ARTI Grants are one-year awards that support the purchase of applied research equipment costing between $7,000 and $150,000. The proposed equipment may be a single item or a collection of items targeted at a particular applied R&D capability. NSERC may remove the expenditures associated with any item that it finds does not sufficiently enhance the applied research capacities of the institution.
Colleges can apply for more than one ARTI grant; however it must be clearly demonstrated that each of the submitted applications fall within a distinct applied research area. NSERC considers the applied research disciplines, as well as the targeted industry sector, when assessing potential overlaps. Applications found to have overlap within an applied research discipline or within a targeted industry sector would result in all but one of the overlapping applications being rejected.
Example 1: The applied research areas of oil refinery, environmental land remediation of former oil sites, and oil site worker safety, would all be considered to be in overlap (although in distinct applied research disciplines), since they are targeted towards a common industry sector.
Example 2: The applied research area of polymers and coatings, biomaterials, and concrete, would all be considered to be in overlap (although targeting distinct industry sectors), since they fall under the ‘’Material Science’’ applied research discipline.
NSERC, taking into consideration the CCI Review Committee recommendation, will make the final decision on the eligibility of ARTI applications when there is the possibility of applied research overlap with another ARTI application.
NSERC will accept applications for research equipment whose total net cost is up to $250,000, provided that the applicant is able to secure funding from other sources to bring the amount requested to $150,000 or less. Funding from other sources must be clearly identified, in place and confirmed at the time that the application is submitted. The use of other CCI Grants may be permitted, provided that the proposed equipment is aligned with those CCI Grants and prior written authorization is obtained from NSERC.
CCI Grants can be used to pay some or all of applicable taxes, as well as some or all of the shipping and handling expenses, as long as the overall grant does not exceed $150,000. The college will be responsible for any amount in excess of $150,000.
ARTI Grants must be used only to purchase the specific type of equipment for which the grant was awarded. Grantees who wish to purchase equipment different from that specified in the application must obtain written permission from NSERC prior to its purchase. Grantees may, however, buy a model different from that requested in the application without prior approval.
NSERC will accept applications only for equipment that has not yet been purchased. All applications are reviewed on a competitive basis.
Canadian colleges that have been declared eligible to administer grants according to the eligibility requirements for colleges of at least one of the three federal granting agencies (NSERC, CIHR and/or SSHRC) may submit an application.
If the proposed applied research and knowledge/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.
The table below describes the eligible expenses for Applied Research Tools and Instrument Grants.
|Type of Expense||Eligibility of Expense|
|Salaries and benefits||Not eligible|
|Equipment (new or used) or Installation||Purchase or rental (to the full value of the grant)|
|Installation of equipment||Eligible|
|Travel||Only travel required by college personnel to commission the equipment is supported.|
(transportation costs for purchased equipment, extended warranty purchased with the equipment, brokerage and customs charges for the importation of equipment and supplies)
|Insurance costs for equipment and research vehicles||Not Eligible|
|Costs of the construction, renovation or rental of laboratories or supporting facilities (furniture and consumables)||Not Eligible (unless required to meet regulatory requirements)|
|Software and hardware upgrades for existing equipment||Eligible|
|Software licences or upgrades for subsequent years||Not Eligible|
|Contingency fees||Not Eligible|
|Overhead and administration costs||Not Eligible|
To apply, submit an Application for a College and Community Innovation Grant (Form 103). Please refer to the ARTI Instructions for more information on how to complete and submit an ARTI Grant Application.
If a cash contribution towards the purchase of the equipment is provided by an organization (other than the applicant's institution), a letter is required from the organization confirming this commitment.
Letters from supporting organizations should clearly explain the support that the organizations will provide, including their financial contribution (cash or in-kind) to the purchase and installation of the equipment as well as their anticipated involvement in applied research and innovation activities with the college using the proposed equipment.
Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:
Relevance to applied research at the college
Value to the region