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NSERC introduces new Alliance International grants

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December 21, 2021

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Alliance International grants, a new funding stream to support Canadian university researchers working with leading international academic researchers to establish and grow international research collaborations and projects of global importance that will generate benefits to Canada. 

NSERC recognizes the need to support engagement with international collaborators to further develop areas of Canadian research strength and leadership. Alliance International will support Canadian researchers working with international colleagues to pursue new knowledge, technologies, and solutions to complex problems.

By combining the expertise of Canadian and leading international researchers, it is expected that Canadian researchers will leverage the best international knowledge to help address important research challenges in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) disciplines and will provide trainees with an outstanding research environment. These collaborations will ultimately strengthen research excellence in Canada and abroad.

Alliance International offers two grant types:

  • Alliance International Catalyst grants will provide up to $25,000 for one year to support Canadian researchers in initiating international research collaborations in the NSE disciplines.

  • Alliance International Collaboration grants will provide up to $100,000 per year for up to three years, allowing Canadian researchers to participate in international projects and leverage the best international expertise to help address research challenges in the NSE disciplines of impact and benefit for Canada.

Alliance International is a new, permanent stream of Alliance. There is no deadline to apply and grants will be awarded throughout the year. Please visit the program description for more information or contact


“NSERC’s Alliance grants offer a flexible approach to supporting research partnerships with a broader set of partners. Alliance International expands on this concept by providing opportunities for Canadian researchers to foster international research collaborations and projects with the world’s leading scientists from academia in an effort to achieve the highest potential impact for Canada and worldwide.”
- Alejandro Adem, President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

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