NSERC investments in COVID-19 research


New funding for research collaborations to address pandemic-related issues

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is leveraging the expertise of researchers in natural science and engineering and their partners across Canada to address this unprecedented crisis. Below is a breakdown of the investments made through the NSERC Alliance COVID-19 and Tri-agency Applied Research Rapid Response to COVID-19 grants. This information will be updated on an ongoing basis as new projects are awarded. The deadline to submit an application is June 1, 2020.

NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants

NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between university academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Support for up to $50,000 for one-year projects is being made available immediately.

Tri-agency college grants: Applied Research Rapid Response to COVID-19

NSERC, in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, are providing a minimum of $3 million in support for colleges and polytechnics to work with their partners to address this unprecedented crisis. Through the College and Community Innovation program, this funding opportunity will further leverage the expertise and infrastructure in these post-secondary institutions to rapidly mobilize support and expertise related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Support for up to $75,000 for one-year projects is being made available on expedited timelines.


Alliance COVID-19 grants

Total funded projects updated: May 26, 2020

Total projects funded

69

Total awarded

$3,434,531

Geographical breakdown of funded projects

Region Total number of funded projects Total amount awarded
Atlantic 5 $238,409
Ontario 38 $1,897,712
Pacific 7 $350,000
Prairies 9 $448,411
Quebec 10 $499,999

Type of partner organizations

Private sector Not-for-profit Public sector Total
64 8 6 78

Funded applications updated: May 26, 2020

Researcher Project title Institution Partner(s) Area of application Funding amount
Mcbean, Edward Using AI to predict COVID19 impacts on Canada's health system Guelph Adastra Corporation Modelling and mathematical simulation of natural processes; Environment $50,000
Fayazbakhsh, Kazem COVID-19-Design, rapid prototyping, and certifying a reusable N95 mask Ryerson APC Filtration Inc. Manufacturing processes and products; Biomedical engineering $50,000
Vanberkel, Peter Advanced Sterile Processing for COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment Dalhousie Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation, Nova Scotia Health Authority Medical and health sciences $49,910
Liu, Jian Mobile Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) System for Ventilators (COVID-19) British Columbia Portable Electric Energy storage and conversion; Engineering $50,000
Park, Simon Novel Integrated Sterilization and Reuse of Personal Protective Equipment for COVID-19 Calgary TRIUM Environmental Inc. Biomedical engineering; Health, education and social services $50,000
Pahlevaninezhad, Majid Therapeutic Nano-Optic Endoscope for Detection and Treatment of COVID-19 Queen's Genoptic Biomedical engineering $50,000
Dudding, Travis COVID-19: Developing a large-scale synthesis of a drug potentially curing COVID-19 for the Canadian manufacturing industry Brock Biolyse Pharma Human pharmaceuticals; Medical and health sciences $50,000
Gagnon, Graham Disinfection of N95 masks using UV-C LED (COVID-19) Dalhousie AquiSense Technologies, LuminUltra Technologies Ltd Medical equipment and apparatus $38,500
Antonescu, Costin COVID-19 - Advancing ultrasound with microbubble (USMB) for the modulation of viral entry and production in COVID-19 Ryerson MD Precision Inc. Medical equipment and apparatus; Medical and health sciences $50,000
Cloutier, Sylvain COVID-19 : High-volume electrospinning of high-performance cellulose membranes required for N95-grade mask fabrication École de technologie supérieure KWI Kunststoffwerk Industrie Inc. Manufacturing processes and products; Medical equipment and apparatus $50,000
Alarcon, Emilio Integrated Photothermal Device for Extending Lifetime of N95 Masks-COVID-19 Ottawa Luzchem Research Inc. Medical and health sciences $50,000
Behdinan, Kamran COVID-19 HALO open source ventilator Toronto Glia Inc. Medical equipment and apparatus; Human health (including medically-related psychological research) $50,000
Brolo, Alexandre Localized Surface Plasmon Platform for COVID-19 Screening Victoria ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd Biomedical engineering; Human health (including medically-related psychological research) $50,000
Elbestawi, Mohamed Rapid Prototyping of Medical Mechanical Ventilator for COVID-19 McMaster The Monarch Group Manufacturing processes and products; Medical equipment and apparatus $50,000
Ahmad, Rafiq Rapid Deployable Personal Respirators for Healthcare Professionals in Treating COVID-19 Patients (ESPOiR) Alberta ACAMP Biomedical engineering; Health, education and social services $50,000
Zhang, Xiao-Ping COVID-19 - AI Based Screening and Monitoring of COVID-19 Respiration Patterns using Acoustic Sensors Ryerson AltumView Systems Inc. Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Information systems and technology $50,000
Gosselin, Frederick Development, fabrication and testing of aerosol shield boxes to protect medical staff from COVID-19 during intubation procedures École Polytechnique de Montréal CYB Plastiques, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Medical equipment and apparatus $50,000
Szewczuk, Myron Mechanism of CoVID-19 induced hyperinflammation Queen's ENCYT Technologies Inc. Medical and health sciences; Life sciences (including biotechnology) $50,000
Zarifi, Mohammad Hossein Smart and Low-Cost Face-Shields Capable of Protection, Prevention and Detection for Essential Workers Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic British Columbia Tangent Design Engineering Ltd Health, education and social services; Biomedical engineering $50,000
Xi, Fengfeng Covid-19: Development of A Robotic Disinfection System for Covid-19 Ryerson Engineering Services Inc. Medical equipment and apparatus; Medical and health sciences $48,000
Cao, Xudong A Rapid and Highly Sensitive On-site Detection Platform for COVID-19 Testing Ottawa Nicoya Lifesciences Inc. Biomedical engineering; Medical and health sciences $49,800
Serpe, Michael A Diagnostic Device for the Rapid and Simultaneous Detection of Active and Past COVID-19 Infection Alberta Eli Science Inc. Life sciences (including biotechnology); Health, education and social services $50,000
Park, Chul COVID 19-Scalable Production of Mechanically Resilient Biocidal Face Masks from Ultrafine Nonwoven Fibers Toronto Woodbridge Foam Corporation Manufacturing processes and products; Materials performance $50,000
Mezghani, Neila Analyse de données cinématiques et physiologiques pour le suivi à distance de l'état de santé mentale dans le contexte de la pandémie COVID-19 TÉLUQ Carré Technologies Inc. Biomedical engineering; Information systems and technology $50,000
Jakeman, David To inform drug design for COVID-19: Computational determination of interactions between COVID-19 gene products and structurally diverse natural products and clinical drugs Dalhousie IntelliSyn Pharma Human pharmaceuticals; Physical sciences $50,000
Cloutier, Sylvain COVID-19: Fabrication of autonomous flexible hybrid electronic devices for patient-monitoring École de technologie supérieure Varitron Technologies inc. Manufacturing processes and products; Medical equipment and apparatus $50,000
Mao, Yongyi Forecasting Covid-19 Epidemic in Canada with Spatial-Temporal Models That Exploit Population Behaviour on Twitter Ottawa Advanced Symbolics Inc. Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Advancement of knowledge $50,000
Gupta, Rishi Innovative COVID-19 resistant surfaces (CRS) and wash basins to promote hand washing in public areas Victoria Valley Acrylic Bath LTD Manufacturing processes and products; Health, education and social services $50,000
Al-Abadleh, Hind A The Effect of Declaring State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19 on Air Quality in the City of Kitchener Wilfrid Laurier City of Kitchener, Hemmera Climate and atmosphere; Communications equipment $50,000
Leonenko, Yuri Improvement of the Frequencer ability to treat COVID-19 patients who require airway clearance Waterloo Dymedso Inc. Biomedical engineering; Modelling and mathematical simulation of natural processes $50,000
Rossa, Carlos Sonographic diagnosis and monitoring of COVID-19 Ontario Tech University Marion Surgical Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Medical and health sciences $50,000
Olfert, Jason Plausibility of the aerosol transmission of COVID-19 - Is SARS-CoV-2 aerosolized by breathing and speaking? Alberta Alberta Health Services Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Medical and health sciences $50,000
Diallo, Claver Covid-19 healthcare supply chain innovations with NSHA: decision-making for agility and responsiveness Dalhousie Nova Scotia Health Authority Medical and health sciences $49,999
Berezovski, Maxim Development of COVID-19 Dual Diagnostic Test of Viral RNA and Proteins using DNA Aptamers and Real-Time PCR Ottawa Lumex Instruments Canada Life sciences (including biotechnology); Medical equipment and apparatus $50,000
Wong, Alex Evaluation of ultraviolet-C decontamination of medical masks during the COVID-19 crisis Carleton Arkalumen Inc. Life sciences (including biotechnology); Medical equipment and apparatus $50,000
Trant, John Alternative gel hand sanitizers and non-alcohol-based long-term sanitizers for surfaces and skin with anti-viral activity for COVID-19 response Windsor Peak Proccessing Solutions, Wolfhead Distillery Medical and health sciences; Medical equipment and apparatus $50,000
Mousseau, Normand Prevention of SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) related CoV Spike protein neuroinvasion and -induced respiratory distress by polyphenols Montréal Fruitomed Inc. Physical sciences; Advancement of knowledge $50,000
Park, Chul COVID 19 - Superhydrophobic Microfiber Outer Layer for Facemasks to Decrease the Airborne Transmission of Human Pathogens Toronto Myant Manufacturing processes and products; Fibres and textiles $50,000
Hallam, Steven Rapid high-throughput sample preparation for COVID-19 diagnostics using integrated automation systems British Columbia STEMCELL Technologies Inc. Life sciences (including biotechnology); Manufacturing processes and products $50,000
Punithakumar, Kumaradevan Automated Frame-by-Frame Assessment of Lung Ultrasound Imaging in Severe COVID-19 Patients Using Machine Learning Alberta Medo Pte Ltd. Biomedical engineering; Medical and health sciences $50,000
Saif, Ahmed Harnessing the Power of Data Analytics against COVID-19: Developing Decision Support Tools for Policymakers Dalhousie Nova Scotia Health Authority Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Modelling and mathematical simulation of natural processes $50,000
Aucoin, Marc COVID-19: Inactivation of human coronaviruses in aqueous solutions using UV-C Waterloo Trojan Technologies Advancement of knowledge; Life sciences (including biotechnology) $50,000
Koper, Nicola Effects of COVID-19-related travel restrictions on migratory birds, including species at risk, in Canada Manitoba Environment and Climate Change Canada Conservation and preservation; Environment $50,000
Turak, Ayse Sanitizing plastic: antiviral nanoparticle decorated surfaces for antiseptic packaging against COVID-19 McMaster Nicoya Lifesciences Inc. Biomedical engineering; Materials performance $50,000
Ban, Dayan A remote, high-throughput temperature monitoring system for COVID-19 screening Waterloo AIH tech Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Health, education and social services $50,000
Wainer, Gabriel Platform for simulation and analysis of spread of COVID-19 in buildings Carleton Solace Systems Inc. Information, computer and communication technologies $50,000
Liu, Juewen Development of localized surface plasmon resonance biosensor for COVID-19 antibodies in blood Waterloo Nicoya Lifesciences Inc. Human health (including medically-related psychological research) $50,000
Juncker, David COVID-19 test chip for simultaneous detection of SARS-CoV-2 and antibodies using a single non-invasive sputum sample McGill Sensoreal Inc. Human health (including medically-related psychological research) $49,999
Achenbach, Sven High resolution zone plates fabricated by soft X-ray lithography for tomographic soft X-ray analysis applied in the designing and screening of potential Covid-19 drugs Saskatchewan Applied NanoTools Inc. Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Life sciences (including biotechnology) $48,411
Mitra, Sushanta K Testing of antiviral coatings for COVID-19 Waterloo SiO2 International Inc. Engineering; Human health (including medically-related psychological research) $50,000
Wainer, Gabriel Integration of analytical COVID-19 models for remote execution and advanced visualization for improved decision making Carleton Defence R&D Canada Information, computer and communication technologies $50,000
Liang, Jinyang Development of single-pixel infrared imaging thermometry (SPIRIT) for fast and accurate COVID-19 fever screening INRS Ajile Light Industries Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Instrumentation technology $50,000
Khan, Naimul COVID-19 - An intelligent system for contact tracing, monitoring, and privacy preserving data analytics during the COVID-19 pandemic Ryerson Dapasoft Inc. Computer software; Biomedical engineering $50,000
Ng, Kelvin Tsun Wai Computational modeling and simulation of municipal waste generation and risk assessment during COVID-19 Regina City of Regina Waste, waste management and recycling; Sanitary engineering $50,000
Park, Edward Novel wearable technology for remote and continuous COVID-19 patient monitoring at home Simon Fraser Fraser Health Medical equipment and apparatus; Human health (including medically-related psychological research) $50,000
Sinton, David 100-Patient Ventilator for COVID-19 Toronto HH Angus and Associates Limited Medical equipment and apparatus; Biomedical engineering 50,000
Chou, Leo Streamlining RNA extraction for widespread COVID-19 diagnostic testing Toronto Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research Dresden, Luna Nanotech Biomedical engineering; Medical and health sciences 50,000
Lefsrud, Mark Optimization of an ultraviolet LED radiation system for COVID-19 disinfection and sterilization McGill U Technology Corporation Medical equipment and apparatus; Biomedical engineering 50,000
Martic, Sanela Aptasensor SPR testing platform for COVID-19 Trent Nicoya Lifesciences Inc. Physical sciences; Life sciences (including biotechnology) 49,912
Didar, Tohid Development of an Anti-Viral coating for Pandemic Mitigation of COVID-19 using titanium dioxide nanoparticles McMaster NanoPhyll Inc. Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Life sciences (including biotechnology) 50,000
Momen, Gelareh Design, characterize and validate a new multifunctional coating, with antiviral and antibacterial properties for COVID-19 pandemic Québec à Chicoutimi NanoPhyll Inc. Medical and health sciences; Materials sciences 50,000
Dudding, Travis COVID-19: Optimizing the Synthesis, Bioavailability and Scaling of Quercetin, a natural product potentially used for COVID-19 treatment Brock Biolyse Pharma Human pharmaceuticals 50,000
Akbari, Mohsen Rapid Multiplex POC Tests for detection of COVID-19 Victoria Sensoreal Inc. Biomedical engineering 50,000
Mahmoudzadeh, Houra COVID-19: Optimizing Operations of Cancer Centres during the Pandemic Waterloo Grand River Hospital Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Medical and health sciences 50,000
Ikki, Salama Covid-19: Early identification and monitoring of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) disease community spread Lakehead Onica Communication systems and services (planning, organization, services); Human health (including medically-related psychological research) 50,000
Herbert, David Production of a Synthetic Library of Chloroquine Analogs and Precursors for Immediate and Future Development of COVID-19 Treatments Manitoba CanAm Bioresearch Inc., Waverley Pharma Inc. Human pharmaceuticals; Manufacturing processes and products 50,000
El-Diraby, Tamer Health and safety in the construction industry during pandemics Toronto Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, RCCAO Construction, urban and rural planning; Human health (including medically-related psychological research) 50,000
Soleymani, Leyla Developing a Rapid Do-It-Yourself Test for the Home-Based Diagnostics and Monitoring of COVID-19 Enabled by the Integration of Functional Nucleic Acids and Electrochemical Readout McMaster Angstrom Engineering Inc., EnviroSen Inc. Medical equipment and apparatus; Human health (including medically-related psychological research) 50,000
Demarquette, Nicole Antiviral graphene nanofiber nonwoven filter - COVID19 École de technologie supérieure NanoXplore Materials sciences; Health, education and social services 50,000
College COVID-19 grants

Total funded projects updated: May 26, 2020

Total projects funded

19

Total awarded

$1,382,004

Geographical breakdown of funded projects

Region Total number of funded projects Total amount awarded
Atlantic 0 $0
Ontario 8 $557,004
Pacific 1 $75,000
Prairies 0 $0
Quebec 10 $750,000

Type of partner organizations

Private sector Not-for-profit Public sector Total
30 5 1 37

Funded applications updated: May 26, 2020

Researcher Project title Institution Partner(s) Area of application Funding amount
Sheikhzadeh, Mehdi Development of a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Using Linear Covalently Closed DNA Minivectors Lambton College Mediphage Bioceuticals Inc. Medical and health sciences; Human pharmaceuticals $75,000
Hamel, Lucie Production de protéines antigéniques pour l'élaboration de nouveaux tests cliniques détectant en quelques minutes les anticorps exprimés suite à une infection au COVID-19 Cégep de Shawinigan Affinité Instruments Biomedical engineering; Life sciences (including biotechnology) $75,000
Yates, Colin Apparel Production in the new world of COVID-19 (APNWC): reforming and innovating for PPEs, safe manufacturing environments, and remote workers Fanshawe College Goodwill Industries Manufacturing processes and products $63,225
Lazemi, Payam Vêtement intelligent biométrique de télésurveillance du COVID-19 Cégep Marie-Victorin Hexoskin, Square Circle Other manufactured products and processes; Fibres and textiles $75,000
Craig, Robin Understanding the impact and mitigation strategies of the COVID-19 outbreak on the agricultural sector in Northeastern Ontario Collège Boréal reThink Green, Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre Agriculture; Agriculture and primary food production $75,000
Parenteau, Mario Développement de surfaces cellulosiques antivirales en réponse rapide à la COVID-19 Cégep de Trois-Rivières Kemira Chemicals Canada Inc., Kruger Inc., Sani Marc Group Wood, wood products and paper; Medical and health sciences $75,000
Lemay, Marie Adaptation du procédé de production des structures textiles tendues pour la création de séparateurs intérieurs de protection contre le COVID-19 Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe TOILES RIVE-SUD Health, education and social services; Fibres and textiles $75,000
Parenteau, Mario Développement d'un matériau cellulosique filtrant pour la production industrielle de masques de protection en réponse rapide à la COVID-19 Cégep de Trois-Rivières CKF Inc., CTT Group, Kruger Inc., Pulp Moulding Dies Inc., Tri-Dim Hardy Wood, wood products and paper; Other manufactured products and processes $75,000
Fortier, Isabelle Immunogénicité d'un vaccin mucosal contre le SARS-CoV2 responsable de la covid-19 Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon Biotechnologies Ulysse inc. Life sciences (including biotechnology); Human pharmaceuticals $75,000
Hamel, Lucie Augmentation de la capacité de production de désinfectant à base d'alcool pour lutter contre la propagation de la COVID-19 Cégep de Shawinigan Distillerie de la Chaufferie, Ferme Sylvain Aumais Manufacturing processes and products; Waste, waste management and recycling $75,000
Marin, Gheorghe Traitement de surface biocide sur des pièces d'aluminium moulées sous pression pour lutter contre la propagation du COVID-19 Cégep de Trois-Rivières A3 Surfaces Manufacturing processes and products; Primary metal products (ferrous and non-ferrous) $75,000
Hamel, Lucie Développement d'un système d'affichage de protéines antigéniques à la surface de probiotiques afin de créer un nouveau vaccin oral et nasal contre la COVID-19 Cégep de Shawinigan Bio-K Plus International Inc., Biotechnologies Ulysse inc. Life sciences (including biotechnology); Human pharmaceuticals $75,000
Holmes, Kevin Accelerating COVID-19 Knowledge Synthesis w/ Machine Learning Algonquin College Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, IBM Canada Ltd, Ottawa Hospital Research Inst Medical and health sciences; Computer software $74,564
Rogers, Ben Recombinant protein production in prokaryotic and eukaryotic heterologous hosts for serological assays for COVID-19 Seneca College ExVivo Labs Medical equipment and apparatus; Other manufactured products and processes $46,841
Piché, Chantal Production de composés actifs pour des agents antiseptiques (COVID-19) Cégep de Thetford Avmor Ltd. Consumer goods; Manufacturing processes and products $75,000
Sheikhzadeh, Mehdi Microalgae as an Antigen Source for a Novel Tandem Point of Care Serological Assay for SARS-CoV-2 Lambton College Suncor Energy Inc., Western Ontario Life sciences (including biotechnology) $75,000
Bowles, Ronald Canadian Paramedicine Response to COVID-19: Challenges and innovations Justice Institute of British Columbia Alberta Health Services, British Columbia Emergency Health Services, Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators, Emergency Health Services, Urgences-santé Social development and community services; Information, computer and communication technologies $75,000
Morris, Raeshelle COVID-19 Response: Canadian Hospital Simulator For Management of COVID19 Cases and Contact Tracing Humber College Intransigense Corporation Modelling and mathematical simulation of natural processes; Advancement of knowledge $73,119
Tyagi, Purnima Reaching Out from a Distance: Mitigating the effects of social isolation on older adults during COVID-19 Centennial College Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre Social development and community services; Social sciences $74,255

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