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|Value and Duration||Up to $5,000 for up to three months|
|Application Deadline||No deadline|
|Application Procedures||See below|
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.
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.
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.
Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:
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.