You can apply to support any R&D project that seeks to respond to a research challenge in the natural sciences or engineering (see Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency.) However, you cannot use this grant to support secret or contract research.
Collaborating outside the natural sciences and engineering
Developing applications or policies based on your research results may require socio-economic and other expertise as well as scientific understanding. You are encouraged to collaborate with academic researchers in fields other than the natural sciences and engineering. Such researchers may serve as co-applicants for Alliance grants if they meet NSERC’s eligibility requirements regarding type, duration and nature of appointment. Research costs for these collaborations must be identified in the project budget, up to a maximum of 30% of the cost-shared project costs (see Cost-sharing).
To increase the impact of Canadian natural sciences and engineering research in the global research community, you may incorporate international collaborations into your project proposal. You may interact with foreign colleagues in a variety of ways to enhance collaboration and increase your project’s impact (see NSERC’s guidelines Use of Grant Funds).