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, the partner organization(s) must:

  • collaborate actively in the project's research (rather than contract for services rendered) and contribute at least 25% of the grant amount in cash. Partner organization cash contribution must be used for direct costs of research
  • have a credible plan to use the research results to provide economic, social, health or environmental benefits for Canadians
  • have the capability, maturity and resources to implement the plan

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

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