Technology Access Centre grants

Receiving funding and conducting research

Award letter terms and conditions

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.

Transfer of funds and start date

Your award letter will indicate the start date of your project. NSERC will normally transfer your grant funds to your college within 30 days of that start date.

Acknowledgement of agency support and public communication about your grant

Colleges must acknowledge the support of granting agencies (NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR, as applicable) in all communications (verbally and in writing) about research and research results. Furthermore, under Canada’s official languages law, agencies are responsible for taking positive measures to promote the use of both English and French in Canadian society. Hence, we ask that you acknowledge, verbally and in writing, your agency’s funding in both English and French whenever possible. For sample text and additional information, visit the Acknowledgement and logos (NSERC), Acknowledging SSHRC support or Promoting Your Research (CIHR) web page. Before making an official public announcement for both annual and open competition College and Community Innovation grants, including TAC grants, consult with NSERC's, SSHRC’s or CIHR’s communications team.

NSERC, in coordination with SSHRC and CIHR, will make an annual announcement of the recipients of TAC grants. Colleges are asked to refrain from making any public announcements until after this annual announcement has been made. NSERC will notify applicants and college communications offices about this announcement with as much advance notice as possible. This does not prevent you from confidentially sharing information about your funding with your collaborators or referring to CCI funding in applications for other funding.

Research agreements and intellectual property

NSERC makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property (IP) generated from the research it funds. Colleges are strongly encouraged to develop and sign an agreement with each client 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 college 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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Letter of intent deadline
July 12, 2022

Full or renewal application deadline
January 19, 2023

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