Applied Research and Development grants


If your application is approved for funding, you will receive an award letter, and you must adhere to the terms and conditions set out in it.

If a university or another college is collaborating on an ARD project (co-applicant), it receives funds through the college that submitted the application (primary administering institution). Once the grant funds have been transmitted to the applying college, that institution will transfer funds to the other eligible participating institutions (secondary administering institutions) in accordance with the application's approved budget and budget justification. See the Transfer of funds section of the Tri-agency guide on financial administration for additional guidance.

Transfer of funds and start date

Your award letter will indicate the start date of your project. NSERC will transfer your grant funds to your college within 30 days of that start date. Note that applications funded through SSHRC and CIHR can experience delays in the transfer of funds due to the mechanism for transferring funds between agencies.

Acknowledgment of agency support and public communication about your grants

Colleges are required to acknowledge the support of granting agencies (NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC, as applicable) in all communications (verbally and in writing) about the research and research results. Furthermore, under Canada's Official Languages Act, agencies must take measures to promote the use of both English and French in Canadian society. Hence, we ask that you acknowledge your agency's funding in both English and French, verbally and in writing, whenever possible. For sample text and additional information, visit the Acknowledgement and logos (NSERC), Acknowledging CIHR support and promoting your research or Acknowledging SSHRC support web pages.

There is no embargo on announcements about awarded open competition grants. Once the grant is active, applicants and colleges are welcome to mention their award on their websites and other communication channels, as well as make a public announcement about their grant.

Before making an official public announcement for both annual and open competition College and Community Innovation grants, including ARD grants, please consult with NSERC's, CIHR's or SSHRC's communications team.

Research agreements and intellectual property

NSERC makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property (IP) generated from the research it funds. Colleges and participating institutions are strongly encouraged to develop and sign an agreement with each partner on the ownership and disposition of IP arising from the funded applied research before starting any activities. At a minimum, the agreement must provide the participating institutions with the right to use the new knowledge or technology in future teaching and research, and faculty and students must have the right to describe the project on their curriculum vitae.

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