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NSERC simplifies the cost-sharing ratio and introduces extensions with funds for Alliance option 1 grants

Program news Professors Alliance

August 23, 2023

Simplified option 1 funding ratio: Effective June 23, 2023, all new Alliance option 1 applications may request up to 66.7% of the project costs (2:1 leverage) from NSERC, regardless of partner organization size or sector. This change does not affect or apply to applications submitted prior to June 23, 2023. Implementing a single 2:1 funding ratio provides more generous cost-sharing for many partnerships and simplifies the Alliance option 1 application process. The Alliance grants website and program materials are currently in the process of being updated to reflect this change.  If you have any questions, contact

One-year extensions with funds: NSERC recognizes that opportunities to increase the impact of results may arise as your Alliance projects unfold. Effective August 21, 2023, NSERC is introducing a straightforward process for requesting a one-time, one-year extension with additional funding for Alliance option 1 grants.

An extension with additional funding is suitable for active projects under cost-sharing option 1 that uncover new opportunities as the original award nears completion. This period of additional funding will help researchers unlock the full potential of the project and support continued collaboration among the grantees and partner organizations while they develop a new research proposal.

To request an extension with funding, the partner organizations must be willing to continue their involvement in the project and to provide additional cash contributions. Grantees may request that NSERC match the partner’s additional cash contributions at the grant’s original cost-sharing ratio, up to the average annual amount originally awarded by NSERC. This opportunity is available only if the initial period of your grant was one to four years (five-year grants are excluded). For more information, see During your research project.

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