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Alliance resources to help prepare an application

As we continue to navigate through new ways of working during the COVID-19 pandemic, NSERC staff remain accessible to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We would also like to remind you of the resources that are available to support you in preparing an Alliance application. In particular, we have added a new presentation deck entitled “Preparing an Alliance application,” which was created based on the experience we have gained and on questions we have received since the launch of Alliance. This presentation provides essential information about the steps involved in preparing a complete application in compliance with NSERC’s requirements, as well as important information on the recently launched Alliance option 2.

Please refer to the resources below and on the Alliance Resources webpage. We invite you to read the new presentation and share it with other relevant parties within your institution.

NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NSERC is leveraging the expertise of researchers in natural science and engineering and their partners across Canada to address this unprecedented crisis. NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Support for up to $50,000 for one-year projects is being made available immediately.

Please visit the NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants webpage for more information.

NSERC and Mitacs partnering to rapidly fund innovation for COVID-19 solutions

If your Alliance application is funded, an NSERC-Mitacs partnership is making available additional resources to augment research collaborations. Qualifying partner organizations can add Mitacs-funded internships to an Alliance or College COVID-19 project at a reduced cost to the organization. To access this opportunity, please contact Noha Gerges, Director of Business Development at Mitacs. NSERC will share a copy of the approved project application with Mitacs, who will then confirm program eligibility and the details surrounding the internship opportunity.

Making connections: project opportunities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Industry, not-for-profit and public sector organizations
If you are from a Canadian industry, not-for-profit or public sector organization that is addressing a challenge or question related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and could benefit from scientific, technical or research expertise in natural science and engineering, please submit them to NSERC by completing this survey. NSERC will communicate these publicly to Canada’s post-secondary institutions by posting the information on our website and connect you with interested university and college researchers.

By facilitating these connections, we aim to increase collaborations between organizations and researchers to create partnerships. Together, collaborating teams can apply to NSERC Alliance grants or the NSERC College and Community Innovation Program.

You may also use to find expertise, facilities and intellectual property (IP) at Canada’s post-secondary institutions that can help you address challenges and questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. allows you to enter a search term and quickly see the institutions, researchers, facilities and IP most relevant to your interests.

If you are a researcher from a Canadian college or university who is eligible to apply to an NSERC grant and is interested in helping an organization address a challenge or question related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please consult the list of project opportunities.

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