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Applied Research Tools and Instruments grants


Colleges conducting applied research in natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences

How much?

$10,000 to $200,000

How long?

1 year


Applied Research Tools and Instruments (ARTI) grants support the purchase of research equipment to foster and enhance the capacity of colleges to undertake applied research projects in partnership with industry, public, not-for-profit and health organizations within their community* and to provide training opportunities for students.

Note: ARTI grants must serve the college’s community or local/regional area (these terms are used interchangeably). For most colleges, this is the local geographic area where the client or partner organizations that will use the research and employ the students are found. In some cases, depending on the college’s context, the geographic area can span several provinces and/or territories.

Who can apply?

Canadian colleges (including CEGEPs and polytechnics) that are declared eligible to administer grants before the application deadline and that meet the eligibility requirements for colleges of any of the three federal granting agencies—the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and/or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)—can apply. All applications must be submitted to NSERC. Grants are funded by NSERC, except proposals exclusively in the health sciences field, or exclusively in the social sciences or humanities fields, which are funded by CIHR and SSHRC, respectively.

Colleges are invited to submit a limited number of applications per competition. The maximum allowable applications per college will vary from competition to competition based on a number of factors including budget availability. It is the responsibility of the college to ensure that the number of applications submitted to NSERC does not exceed the permitted limit. For the 2023 ARTI competition, a maximum of three applications can be submitted per college.

For a list of Canadian colleges currently eligible to apply, see the list of eligible institutions for the agency you are applying to (NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC). To become an eligible institution, see the Institutional eligibility requirements and the frequently asked questions on institutional eligibility.

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Application deadline
Before 8:00 pm (ET) on January 16, 2024
Maximum of three applications per college

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