The College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program is managed by NSERC in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
There are seven types of grants in the College and Community Innovation (CCI) program:
The information below applies to all CCI program grant types unless explicitly otherwise stated.
The objective of the CCI Program is to increase innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It supports applied research and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, as well as technology transfer, adaptation and adoption of new technologies.
Over the long term, the CCI Program will increase the economic development of the community and create new quality jobs based on know-how and technological innovation. This will be achieved by increasing the capacity of the colleges to transform the results of research and development (R&D) into economic activities easier and faster.
The impact of the program will be demonstrated by:
The CCI Program supports applied research and technology transfer in the four Canadian priority areas of research:
College and Community Innovation Program grants are institutional grants. As such, it is expected that the applicant will be a senior manager in the administration of the college. Submission of the college’s application must be authorized by the president of the institution or their representative.
Applicants must comply with the CCI Program’s requirements related to the Use and Disclosure of Personal Information.
The college is responsible for:
At the application stage, the college will need to demonstrate existing applied research capacity and potential to strengthen it.
In-kind contributions must be valued according to NSERC’s Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships Programs. NSERC may reserve the rights to terminate or suspend a grant should companies no longer be involved in the initiative.
As funding received through the CCI Program is not eligible for the Indirect Costs program, colleges may request funds for overhead and administration costs attributable to the specific initiative, but not for general overhead and administration costs of the college as a whole. Unless otherwise specified, the maximum allowable percentage for overhead and administrative costs will not exceed 20 percent of the total grant awarded to a recipient college.
Unless otherwise specified, overhead and administrative expenses are limited to costs attributable to specific CCI projects/activities and include:
NSERC makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property (IP) generated from the research it funds.
The NSERC policy on intellectual property does not apply to the College and Community Innovation Program. The intellectual property treatment for the College and Community Innovation Program is described below.
As a general principle, for the Innovation Enhancement Grants and Applied Research and Development Grants (Levels 2 and 3), colleges need to develop and sign an agreement with each private-sector partner on the ownership and disposition of IP arising from the funded applied research before initiating any activities. Any agreements made regarding the ownership of the IP resulting from the CCI-funded research must take into account the objective of creating partnerships. This implies a sharing of eventual benefits between the partners commensurate with their respective contributions, as well as the sharing of the costs to protect the IP.
For Technology Access Centre Grants, agreements signed with clients should address intellectual property.
Given the objectives of the CCI Program, and the fact that the projects conducted with CCI funding are company-driven, the college must have the right to use the new knowledge or technology in future teaching and research, and faculty and students must have the right to describe the project on their curriculum vitae.