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Partner organization instructions

About the College and Community Social Innovation Fund

To learn more about the College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF), read the grant description and Partner participation section.

Who completes the partner organization sections in Convergence?

All organizations (except postsecondary institutions and other funders) participating in a CCSIF grant application as a partner are required to create a This link will take you to another Web site Convergence Portal account. When invited by the applicant, they must complete the My information section of the application, which consists of the following sub-sections: Partner details, Partner contributions and Supporting documents (letter of support). The applicant is responsible for inviting the authorized contact for each partner organization. The authorized contact for the partner organization is responsible for completing the My information section and sub-sections of the application. The partner organization contact will receive an invitation email asking them to accept the invitation and will be re-directed to the Portal to log-in (or create an account) and complete the My information section. 

Note:  The authorized contact is not required to complete any sections under “My profile” (i.e., EDI, Fields of research, Keywords, CV, Affiliations/employment, Education, Funding, Interruptions and Personal circumstances).


If you have questions about the program, or if your partner organization is unable to complete the partner organization form, contact the CCSIF team at

How the partner organization information is used

CCSIF grants support community innovation projects undertaken by college researchers with partner organizations from the public, private or not-for-profit sectors. If you are a partner organization, your collaboration with the applicant in preparing the application lays a strong foundation for your partnership. The information you provide about your organization through the partner organization form and the proposal submitted by the applicant confirm that your organization will be able to contribute to the project as planned. Your organization is expected to participate actively in the project and contribute in a meaningful way to its success.

I am the authorized contact, and I have been invited by the applicant; what do I do next?

You are an authorized contact from the partner organization, and you have received an automated email stating that the applicant has invited you to participate as a Partner. The next steps you must complete are detailed below.

  1. Accept the invitation.
  2. Log in to the This link will take you to another Web site Convergence Portal or create an account. After accepting the invitation, you will be re-directed to the This link will take you to another Web site Portal’s log-in page. If you don’t have an account, you must create one.
    • When creating your account, you are not required to complete any My profile sections (EDI, Fields of research, Keywords, CV, Affiliations/employment, Education, Funding, Interruptions and personal circumstances).
  3. Accept the terms and conditions of applying for partner organizations.
  4. Complete My information.

Note: You will be able to see the application’s shared information while it’s being completed, such as names of collaborators, proposed budget, summary, supporting documents, etc. However, the information may not have been fully completed by the applicant. It may be completed or updated in the future.

Completing the My information section as the partner organization

The following will guide you through the My information section of the application on the Convergence Portal.

Partner details

Contact person information

As the authorized contact person for the partner organization, enter your name, position, telephone number and email address.

Organization information

Enter your organization’s name, department or branch, full street address, country, business number (optional), and sector (private, public or not for profit).
For private sector organizations, additional questions will be asked, such as number of employees, location of operations and headquarters, etc.

Partner contributions

Enter the cash and/or in-kind contributions your organization is committing to the project.

Cash contributions are those made to accounts for which the applicant has signing authority. Other contributions are considered in-kind.

Select the check box next to As the authorized representative, I confirm the financial commitments from my organization.

Supporting documents

In the Supporting documents section upload the letter of support and, if applicable, the Supplemental information form.

Letter of support

Using a maximum of two pages, provide a letter of support that includes

  • a description of your organization
  • your organization’s reasons for being involved in the proposed collaboration
  • the benefits the anticipated outcomes will bring to the organization
  • the anticipated interactions of the organization’s personnel with the college
  • a description of your organization’s contributions to the project

For projects involving Indigenous Peoples or communities, contributions from Indigenous partners can include social capital—an asset that may emphasize social and familial relationships and networks and may affect the cost of research—and linguistic capital—the ability to engage in the community with the ancestral language(s) of the community and an official language of Canada.

If the partner organization cannot upload the letter of support or access the Convergence platform, contact NSERC at well in advance of the application deadline.

Supplemental information (as applicable)

A Partner organization supplemental information questionnaire must be completed by organizations in the private sector with fewer than five full-time employees if they have not completed this questionnaire within the last 12 months or if it has been specifically requested by NSERC.

Personal information

The collection, use and disclosure of personal information provided to NSERC are outlined in the following policy statements:

The information you provide in your application is collected and stored in a series of NSERC data banks described in This link will take you to another Web site Information about programs and information holdings. Your information is protected under Canada’s laws providing access to information and protecting privacy.