Applied Research and Development grants



The applying college must send NSERC a final report at the end of the project. Your final report must describe the impacts of the research and development.

NSERC will also ask the partner organization(s), students and trainees to submit a report on the project's success. If a partner organization is a large consortium of private-sector organizations, the consortium administrator may provide this report on behalf of the group.

Final reports will be completed and submitted on the Convergence Portal. Examples of report templates are available on the Applied Research and Development (ARD) Resources page.

Institutions or partner organizations that do not provide the requested reports on projects may no longer be eligible to apply for or participate in new proposals.

Notifying NSERC about changes

You are not required to strictly adhere to the budget presented in the proposal as long as the grant funds are used for research, training and other eligible activities for which they were intended. However, you must ensure that the budget items (e.g., equipment, overhead, etc.) comply with the Tri-agency guide on financial administration, Part 2: Use of grant funds (with exceptions noted on the ARD grants Funding page).

The primary administering institution must complete a Grant Amendment Form and submit it to (with CC to to inform NSERC of administrative changes, such as:

  • Deferral of grant instalment
  • Extension period for the authority to use grant funds
  • Continuing eligibility
  • Changes to individuals on the grant team
  • Termination of a grant

Note : Grant holders may add new partners as long as their goals align with the existing objectives mentioned in the original grant proposal. Changes to partner organizations must be communicated directly to the CCI team (

For additional information on administrative changes, consult Part 6: Administrative changes  of the Tri-agency guide on financial administration.

Extension period for the authority to use grant funds

A one-year time extension to use the grant funds beyond the project end date is automatically provided for all ARD grants. Contact for additional information on grant extensions.

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