Mobilize grants


Mobilize grants are considered grants “in aid of research,” as they provide long-term stable research funding that can help secure complementary sources of funding. Such sources of funding include other programs that provide innovation support and grants, as well as cash and in-kind contributions from partners who will benefit from the results of the research. Thus, Mobilize grants are not designed to support the full costs of the college's research program(s).

Mobilize grants are designed to support college-wide applied research activities and are therefore limited to one active grant per college.

Colleges must request a funding amount commensurate with a realistic assessment of total past and total anticipated future research activities across their program(s). The amounts requested must be fully justified by the college, and the budget may vary annually.

Mobilize grant funds cannot be used to buy equipment, products or services from any partner, or to cover any part of the travel and travel-related living expenses for partner organization personnel.

Specific rules for the use of grants fund

For details on the use of grant funds, see the Tri-agency guide on financial administration. This program has exceptions to Part 2 of the guide, Use of grant funds:

  • Overhead and administration costs equivalent to 20% of the annual grant amount are included automatically; such costs include expenditures eligible under the Research Support Fund (e.g., grant writing, financial reporting, etc.).
  • Mobilize grants can cover the salary of replacement faculty hired to backfill a college faculty member's involvement in an applied research project, as well as expenditures for recruitment-related activities.
  • Salaries and non-discretionary benefits for non-faculty researchers, part-time faculty, technical and professional staff carrying out applied research, research administrators, business development and technology and/or knowledge transfer personnel are covered.
  • Salaries and stipends for university students are ineligible as student salary expenditures; university students involved in projects must be remunerated as technical or professional college staff or as consultants.
  • Salaries are covered for project management activities leading to the optimal use of project resources to meet the research objectives in a timely and budget-efficient manner.
  • Equipment, operating, supplies and consultant fees can be covered up to 20% of the total budget.
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Application deadline
April 25, 2024

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