|Duration||Up to $25,000
for one year
|Application Deadline||No deadline|
|How to Apply||See below|
To create or access an application, select On-line System Login. To view forms and instructions, select PDF Forms and Instructions.
|Contact||Contact the NSERC regional office in your area.|
Partnership Workshop Grants (PWG) fund workshops for building new collaborations between Canadian academic researchers and the industry and government receptor community that will result in future economic, environmental or societal benefits to Canada. PWG objectives are also aligned with NSERC’s Strategy for Partnerships and Innovation, which provides support for building new relationships in particular between higher education researchers and Canadian businesses.
Workshops are intended for small, highly focused groups, with attendance expected to range from 20 to 40 participants from multiple Canadian academic and non-academic organizations. An award may support the participation of Canadian academics and up to two foreign participants who can provide examples of best practices in the field and help build collaborations among Canadian organizations. The workshops must be held in Canada. Funds may be used to organize a single workshop or several events of more limited participation.
The objective of a PWG is to bring together academic researchers with non-academic end users and create new partnerships through workshops that develop collaborations addressing research and technology needs identified by the user community. The workshops are intended to generate new academic-industry-government partnerships that will lead to new collaborative research activities.
The workshops must be organized and championed by at least one academic and one non-academic leader. The academic leader may hold an academic appointment or an administrative position at the post-secondary institution. Workshop participation is normally by invitation only and must include academic researchers and members of non-academic end user organizations.
The workshop discussions must strengthen interchanges between the academic and non-academic participants, and focus on forward-looking collaborations rather than review past accomplishments. Workshop discussions are intended to find common grounds among the participants with topics that include:
A workshop may be held in conjunction with another professional event, such as a conference. However, applicants must clearly demonstrate how the workshop activities will be distinct from other conferences or meetings and directly relate to the PWG objectives.
An NSERC-funded workshop must take place in the 12 months that follow the announcement of the award.
Proposals can be submitted at any time by NSERC-eligible applicants and academic administrators who do not hold academic appointments (i.e., University Industry Liaison Officers, Research Grant Officers). However, academic and non-academic collaborators are expected to work together to prepare proposals.
Full instructions on how to complete an application and use of the on-line submission system are found on NSERC's On-line Services page. Applications should include an Application for a Grant (Form 101), a budget table, a description and justification for expenses, a personal data form (Form 100) of the applicant (or Form 103CV for college-led applications), a curriculum vitae of the non academic leader and a detailed proposal (written in a free-form format, not exceeding five pages in length). The detailed proposal should clearly address the following points:
Applications are reviewed internally by NSERC, with input from external experts as required. NSERC will attempt to reach a funding decision within 60 days of receipt of a complete application.
Applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:
The maximum value of each award is $25,000. Contributions from the non-academic partners are strongly encouraged and give greater credence to the proposal.
Eligible expenses include:
An award does not cover the following expenses:
A written report from the grantee is required at the end of the grant period. The non-academic leader will be asked to provide comments on the workshop’s quality and outcomes. Financial statements will also be requested from the university or college.