|Value||Up to $25,000 for up to six months|
|Application Deadline||No deadline|
|How to Apply||See below|
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Engage Grants (EG) are intended to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge and expertise available at Canadian universities (see the List of Eligible Institutions). These grants are intended to foster the development of new research partnerships between an academic researcher and a company that have never collaborated together before, by supporting short-term research and development projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem in the natural sciences or engineering fields.
Please note that applicants seeking funding for travel and meeting activities to establish contact with new potential industrial partners should apply for an Interaction Grant.
Engage Grants support well-defined projects undertaken by eligible university researchers and their private-sector partners. A maximum grant of $25,000, over a period not exceeding six months, will be awarded to the academic researcher to cover the direct project costs associated with the research activities needed to address the identified problem. Please refer to the guidelines for the Use of Grant Funds.
Engage projects must be focused with specific short-term objectives. They can be at any point in the R&D spectrum that is consistent with the university's research, training and technology transfer mandate. All proposals require evidence of planning and sound budget justification and must clearly spell out the underlying assumptions, intended approaches, milestones and deliverables. The project must be scientifically sound and technically feasible. It must be aimed at solving the company-specific problem through the generation of new knowledge, or the application of existing knowledge in an innovative manner.
Proposals are not eligible for an Engage Grant if they:
As the purpose of an Engage Grant is to foster the development of a new relationship between a company and the academic researcher, there can be no existing or past relationship between the two parties, including a previous research collaboration with the company or any of its divisions, a consulting contract for longer than a few days, or involvement on the part of the academic researcher in the company. Please consult your NSERC regional office for further information.
The company must operate from a Canadian base and demonstrate clear intentions to further develop and apply any technology for the benefit of the Canadian economy (see Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships Programs). Startup companies may be considered, provided that they have been in operation for a minimum of 12 months. Holding companies and companies that are not able to further develop the technology in-house are not eligible. At minimum, an in-kind contribution from the company, reflecting their involvement in the project, is required. NSERC may limit the number of Engage grants that a company is involved in at any given time if its ability to implement the project results and sustain the collaboration appears to be limited. Please consult your NSERC regional office for further information.
Due to the focus on a problem specific to the chosen company, and the short duration of this grant, any Intellectual Property (IP) arising from the project will belong to the company. While NSERC does not require that a research agreement be concluded between the host institution and the company, NSERC's Policy on Intellectual Property should be consulted to ensure that all parties, including any students involved, are aware of their obligations (refer also to “Graduate student involvement” below).
Proposals can be submitted at any time by using an Application for a Grant form (Form 101), an Information Required from Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships Programs form (Form 183A) and a Personal Data Form (Form 100). The Form 100 must demonstrate that the applicant has been granted peer-reviewed research support in the fields of the natural sciences and/or engineering from a recognized federal or provincial granting agency within the past six years. A letter of support from the company involved in the project must be provided outlining the reasons for, and the nature of, its participation, what benefits the expected outcome of the project will bring to the organization and the measures to implement them. Projects are expected to start within a few weeks from the date of the award letter; any expenses related to the project that are incurred prior to the award date will not be covered by the grant. Applicants will normally be limited to two new Engage Grants per fiscal year.
Full instructions for academic researchers and their industrial sponsor(s) on completing the forms and the on-line submission process are found on NSERC's On-line Services page. All proposals are reviewed by an evaluation committee, which meets every other week. Decisions on funding Engage Grants are usually made within four to six weeks.
Due to the short-term nature of this grant and its orientation towards solving a company specific problem with limited funds, resources should be concentrated exclusively toward the resolution of the problem and comply with the directives listed in the Use of Grant Funds. The following additional limitations apply to this grant:
Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:
A project report from the grantee is required within one month following the end of the grant. The company will be asked to provide comments on the project's outcome. Please note that subsequent Engage Grant applications from either of the participants will not be evaluated until outstanding project reports or company comments are provided to NSERC.
NSERC Regional Offices
Contact the NSERC regional office in your area.