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|Duration||Up to three years|
|Application Deadline||October 1, 2012|
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College-University Idea to Innovation (CU-I2I) Grants were launched from new funds announced by the Government of Canada in Budget 2011. This federal budget allocated $1 million in 2011-12; $2 million in 2012-13; and $3 million a year, on a permanent basis, starting in 2013-14. The evaluation of CU-I2I applications for 2013-14 will be in the form of a competition. The application deadline for this competition is October 1, 2012 and the funding results will be announced in early 2013.
Note: CU-I2I Grants are intended to support college and university participation in the improvement or extension of existing company technology or commercial products, processes and/or services. Commercialization projects that seek to capitalize on academic background intellectual property should seek support from NSERC’s Idea to Innovation Grants or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Proof of Principle program.
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). All applications must be submitted to NSERC. CU‑I2I Grants support projects across the spectrum of the natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities and/or health sciences fields. 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.
CU‑I2I Grants are intended to develop and strengthen research links between colleges, universities and businesses to accelerate the development of promising technologies and promote their commercialization into the Canadian marketplace.
CU‑I2I Grants support college-university collaborations working with the business sector to realize successful commercialization. Direct project costs are shared by the company partner(s) and the CCI Program. Projects may span up to three years in duration.
All proposals require evidence of strong partnerships with firms, detailed planning, sound budget justification, and a clarity and focus of research objectives, and must clearly spell out the underlying assumptions, intended approaches, milestones and deliverables.
CU‑I2I Grants are intended to support college and university participation in the improvement or extension of existing company technology or commercial products, processes and/or services. Commercialization projects that seek to deliver new products, processes or services based on academic background intellectual property should seek support from NSERC’s Idea to Innovation Grants or CIHR’s Proof of Principle program.
CU‑I2I Grants can be up to $250,000 per year for both the college and university participants combined. The maximum grant for either participant is $125,000. Company partner contributions can be matched at a maximum level of 1:1 for both the college and university participants (e.g., if the company partner contribution is $100,000, NSERC will leverage this contribution with a maximum of $100,000 for the college participants and $100,000 for the university participants). The leverage ratio cannot exceed 1:1 for either institution, and the award amounts to the institutions do not have to be equal. Distribution of funds may vary from year to year.
CU‑I2I Grants capitalize on the broad spectrum of capacities available in Canadian colleges and universities. Either the college or university applicant can be the project lead. The project lead must be eligible to administer federal granting agency funds according to the eligibility requirements for colleges or universities (as appropriate) of at least one of the three federal granting agencies (NSERC, CIHR and/or SSHRC). Grants will be given to, and administered by, the project lead’s institution. Once the grant funds have been transmitted to the lead institution by NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC, the project lead institution will transfer funds to the other institution in accordance with the application’s approved budget.
The company partner(s) must participate in the project and contribute to the direct project costs of the applied research and development project with cash, in-kind contributions or a combination of both.
Year-to-year funding profiles may change due to the progress of the project and the associated activities that are engaged by each of the institutional applicants. For example, one institution may receive the majority of funding in early years for technology development, while the other institution may receive greater amounts in later years for technology transfer activities.
NSERC will recognize only those in-kind contributions that are fully documented and considered essential to carry out the work outlined in the proposal. For a full discussion of the eligibility and value of in-kind contributions, refer to the Guidelines on Eligibility and Value of In-Kind Contributions section of the Guidelines for Organizations Participating in the College and Community Innovation Program.
Cash contributed before the proposal is submitted may be used to start the project, but NSERC will not recognize company funds spent more than three months prior to the submission date of the application. CU‑I2I Grant funds cannot be applied to expenses incurred prior to the project’s approval.
Note: To be eligible, a company partner must operate from a Canadian base and must be able to fully exploit the results of the applied research so that it will lead to significant economic benefit to the company and/or Canada. A sufficient maturity or capability must be demonstrated by at least one of the contributing company partners. If a company partner organization has been established within the past year, only under exceptional circumstances will it be considered to be an eligible partner organization. An exceptional circumstance may include, but is not limited to, detailed and well-justified information demonstrating the company’s ability to exploit the applied research results in a manner that will lead to significant economic benefits to the company and/or Canada. In all cases, companies must demonstrate the ability to exploit the project results. In this context, the capabilities and experience of the company and its staff are relevant.
NSERC makes no claim to the ownership of any intellectual property (IP) generated from the research it funds. As a general principle, colleges and universities need to develop and sign an agreement with each company partner on the ownership and disposition of IP arising from the CU-I2I Grant-funded applied research before initiating any CU‑I2I activities. Any agreements made regarding the ownership of the IP resulting from the CU‑I2I Grant-funded research must take into account the objective of CU‑I2I Grants—creating partnerships. This implies a sharing of eventual benefits between the partners commensurate with their respective contributions, and the sharing of the costs to protect the IP.
NSERC must receive the application by the deadline date. Applications must be submitted using an Application for a Grant Form (Form 103), a Personal Data Form (Form 103CV or Form 100), and an Information Required from Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships Programs Form (Form 183A). An application must include at least one eligible college and one eligible university, as well as an eligible supporting company. Full instructions for the applicants and their company partner(s) for completing the forms and the on-line submission are found on NSERC's On-line Services page.
All applications undergo peer review. Each CU‑I2I Grant application will be reviewed by external referees and their evaluation will be taken under consideration by the multidisciplinary College and Community (CCI) Review Committee during its deliberations. The CCI Review Committee will provide advice and comments on each application and will recommend to NSERC the applications to receive CU‑I2I Grants.
Note: Technology Transfer Offices (TTO) may submit applications on behalf of the university. As such, they would be responsible for the research expenditures, and would be expected to play an active role in the project management of the research activities.
Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:
A list of all eligible expenses is detailed in the CCI Financial Administration Guide. The following specific limitations apply to CU‑I2I Grants:
The reporting requirements vary with the project duration:
Final reports presenting the impacts of the research and development are required for all projects. In cases where the partner is a large consortium of private-sector companies and/or where a formal administrative structure exists within the consortia, one company or the consortium administrator may provide this report on behalf of the group if appropriate.
Based on the results obtained or problems encountered, grantees may propose amendments to the project objectives, milestones or budget. Grantees proposing to change the allocation of project resources by more than 20 percent per budget line-item require prior approval by NSERC and must provide NSERC with a revised budget, a rationale for the proposed change(s) and documentation from the partner(s) supporting the proposed change(s).
For projects of more than one year, the amounts of second and subsequent installments are contingent on a demonstrated need for NSERC funds. The next installment will not be released until the company partner(s) has made its previous year’s contribution(s), re-confirmed its commitment to contribute in the next year and commented on the project’s progress.
Grantees or companies that have failed to provide the requested feedback on projects may be declared ineligible to apply for, or sponsor, new proposals.