Applied Research and Development grants


Applied Research and Development (ARD) grants support research and development (R&D) projects led by college researchers in partnership with organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and can include other academic institutions as co-applicants.

To apply for an ARD grant, a college must include at least one partner organization whose cash contribution is recognized for cost sharing with NSERC, and the partner organization must contribute cash. Collectively, partner organizations are expected to:

  • participate actively in the research activities (rather than contract for services rendered) and mobilize or translate knowledge to ensure that the results have beneficial economic, social, health or environmental impacts for Canadians
  • have the capability and resources to use the project’s research results to achieve its desired outcomes
  • provide contributions (cash and/or in-kind) to support activities directly related to the research. Total cash contributions from partner organizations recognized for cost sharing must be at least 25 percent of the grant amount. Partner organization cash contributions must be used for direct costs of research

In order to be recognized for cost sharing, partner organizations must meet NSERC's College and Community Innovation program partnership guidelines.

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