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NSERC Alliance and Alberta Innovates Campus Alberta Small Business Engagement (CASBE) Stream II

Duration Up to 24 months
Application deadline No deadline
Application forms
  • Form 100A – personal data form
  • Form 101 – application for a grant
Guidance on this page takes precedence over other CASBE or Alliance descriptions and instructions. Find additional guidance on the PDF forms and instructions page. To create or access an application, log in to the online system.
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Context and objectives

In partnership, NSERC Alliance and This link will take you to another Web site Alberta Innovates' (AI) Campus Alberta Small Business Engagement (CASBE) program will support post-secondary (universities) R&D collaborations that utilize emerging technologies to assist Alberta small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) developing technology with the highest potential for regional economic development and commercialization in Alberta.

Individual proposals can request at least $20,000 up to $150,000 per year from AI CASBE and at least $20,000 from NSERC Alliance. NSERC will match contributions to the project from the SME according to the cost-sharing ratios and within the funding brackets and durations of the Alliance program. AI CASBE will match the NSERC award up to $150,000 per year for up to two years. AI CASBE support could be for a maximum of two years; however, an application can be submitted for the maximum length of time allowed under NSERC Alliance grants.

AI will only support the project if 1) it is aligned to Alberta Innovates Emerging Technologies areas; and 2) if there is at least ONE Alberta SME as industry partner. The streamlined joint application and decision process enables companies to undertake research collaborations with Alberta-based researchers and have their cash contribution leveraged by NSERC and supported by AI. The mutually beneficial projects are expected to result in economic benefits to the company(ies) and to Alberta and build impactful longer-term collaborations between the researcher and the company.

To start the application process for a CASBE Alliance grant, the applicant must connect with the This link will take you to another Web site CASBE program manager.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

NSERC is committed to excellence in research and research training for the benefit of Canadians. Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is also essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to seize opportunities and respond to global challenges. See the Guide for applicants: Considering equity, diversity and inclusion in your application for more information.


  • You must meet NSERC’s eligibility criteria when you apply and when funding is released.
  • You must be a faculty member from an eligible Alberta-based university.
  • You are encouraged to collaborate with experts in fields other than the natural sciences and engineering, where appropriate, since implementing policy or applying the research results can depend on socio-economic considerations as well as scientific understanding. Academic researchers outside the natural sciences and engineering may participate in proposals as co-applicants if they meet NSERC’s eligibility requirements for the type, duration and nature of the appointment. Research costs for these collaborations may account for up to 30 per cent of the project costs and must be identified in the project budget.


Consult the This link will take you to another Web site AI CASBE industry partner eligibility requirements for full details on company eligibility. The industry partner (Alberta SME) should not have an outstanding balance or otherwise owe money to any AI organization, subsidiary or partner.


To start the application process for CASBE—Stream II grants, the applicant must complete the NSERC Alliance application. Once all elements for the application are completed, the applicant then completes the SmartSimple application form in the AI CASBE This link will take you to another Web site SmartSimple portal. The applicant must attach a PDF of the NSERC application as part of the AI CASBE SmartSimple application.

Complete the NSERC Alliance application and supporting documents, including the Personal data form with Common CV attachment for the applicant and all co-applicants, through NSERC’s online system. All partner organizations must complete the partner organization information module as part of form 101 – contributions. Select Partner organization recognized for cost-sharing for the Alberta SME and access will be provided to the organization representative via an email link. Create a PDF of your completed proposal. Prior to submission to NSERC, complete the SmartSimple application at the AI portal. Attach the PDF of your completed proposal. AI will complete the partner organization form once they have reviewed and assessed the details submitted through the AI SmartSimple portal. Once the partner forms are completed, the NSERC application can be submitted in the NSERC online system.

Complete the NSERC Alliance application and supporting documents, including the Personal data form with Common CV attachment for the applicant and all co-applicants.

Evaluation criteria

Please consult the Alliance evaluation criteria for full details on how the CASBE Alliance applications will be reviewed. The application should demonstrate how the R&D results will benefit the SME.


All project expenditures are subject to the principles and directives governing the appropriate use of grant funds as outlined in the Tri-agency guide on financial administration. The agreement must be aligned with NSERC’s policy on intellectual property, which promotes the use and/or exploitation of knowledge and open access to results of research funded by NSERC.


You will be informed of reporting requirements and the corresponding schedule when you are notified of your award. NSERC and AI will strive to streamline their reporting requirements to lessen the burden on participants. A midyear presentation to demonstrate progress will be required by AI.