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College and Community Social Innovation Fund competition is now open

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October 29, 2020

We are pleased to announce that the College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) competition is now open. Managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, CCSIF grants are intended to foster community innovation by connecting the talent, facilities and capabilities of Canada’s colleges and polytechnics with the research needs of local community organizations.

CCSIF proposals should facilitate collaborative and innovative research that brings together researchers, students and partners to address challenges in community innovation in the social sciences, humanities, health sciences, natural sciences, and engineering research fields. The CCSIF program enables colleges to increase their capacity to work with communities, with the goal of developing partnerships that foster community innovation in areas such as the integration of vulnerable populations, community development, education and training, climate change, environmental degradation, as well as health and well-being.

The deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2021. Please read the program description for more details.

CCI/Mitacs joint funding opportunity

NSERC and Mitacs have developed a joint application submission and review process for colleges seeking support for community innovation projects from both the College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) and Mitacs Accelerate. Applicants are invited to include a request for additional support through Mitacs Accelerate internships as a component of the training of highly qualified personnel (HQP) in their CCSIF application, if relevant. Please read the program description for more information.

Information webinars

Information webinars on the CCSIF program will be held throughout November. Sessions will be available in English and French. Please see the details below.

English webinars
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Wednesday November 18, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EST)

French webinar
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)

For more information on the CCSIF program, please contact colleges@NSERC-CRSNG.GC.CA

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