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Interaction Grants

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Value and Duration Up to $5,000 for up to three months
Application Deadline No deadline
Application Procedures See below
Application Forms To create Form 100, select On-line System Login. To view forms and instructions, select PDF Forms and Instructions.

To complete Form 103 CV, Form 401 and the Terms and Conditions of Applying Form, select the links above.
For More Information Contact the NSERC regional office in your area.


Interaction Grants (IG) are intended to give companies that operate from a Canadian base and researchers from Canadian academic institutions (see the List of Eligible Institutions) an opportunity to meet and identify a company-specific problem they could solve by collaborating in a subsequent research partnership. These interactions are expected to result in economic benefits to Canada.

If contact with a company has already been established and a specific problem has been identified, the candidate may be eligible to apply directly for other research partnership grants, including an Engage Grant (EG) or an Applied Research and Development grant (ARD). It is recommended that the candidates intending to follow through with an EG or an ARD application consult the grant’s eligibility requirements in advance.


Interaction Grants provide up to $5,000 over three months to support expenses associated with travel and meetings in order to allow academic researchers to establish contact with one or more companies. Interaction Grants enable researchers and their industrial partners to identify potential research projects.

Applicants must clearly spell out the objectives of the intended meeting(s) and explain how the targeted partners are relevant to the applicant’s expertise, as well as the likelihood and the potential nature of the envisioned future research collaboration. A detailed expense budget is requested. Occasionally, travel expenses for University-Industry Liaison Office staff or college administrators (and under exceptional circumstances for an SME company representative) may be eligible to facilitate the process. Please refer to the guidelines for the use of grant funds.

Industrial Participation

Interaction Grants foster new relationships between companies and academic researchers. There can be no existing or past relationship between the parties, including a previous research collaboration, consulting contract or involvement on the part of the academic researcher in the company.

The companies must operate from a Canadian base with research and development and/or production capacity and demonstrate clear intentions to further develop and apply any technology that will be at the core of a subsequent research collaboration with the applicant.

Application Procedures

Proposals can be submitted at any time using an NSERC Interaction Grants Application Form (Form 401). Once completed, the application form should be uploaded to NSERC’s Secure Upload Site or forwarded to the NSERC Regional Office in your area by regular mail. Please attach your Personal Data Form (Form 100) and Terms and Conditions of Applying Form or, for college-led applications, attach Form 103CV. If you are not a registered user of the On-line Services, please download the PDF file, or register and create your Form 100 on-line.

Applicants are limited to two active Interaction Grants per fiscal year. Funding decisions for Interaction Grants are usually made within three weeks of receiving a complete application.

Selection Criteria

Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Incrementality: The proposal must aim to create a new relationship with a company with which the applicant has no present or past involvement.
  • Research competence: The applicant must be an NSERC-eligible academic researcher.
  • Industrial relevance: The proposal must identify one or more potential partner companies which are in a domain that is relevant to the applicant’s expertise and which could benefit by the application of that expertise to address a company-specific problem.


Interaction Grants are monitored by the NSERC regional offices. Grantees must provide an activity report to their relevant NSERC regional office no later than one month past the end of the grant. The report must detail the outcome of the contacts established with companies, any plan for future collaboration, and the actual expenditures incurred. Failure to submit reports will make a grantee ineligible to make future applications to either the Interaction or Engage Grants Programs.


NSERC Regional Offices
Contact the NSERC regional office in your area.

Tel.: 613-995-1111

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