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NSERC connects over 4,000 partners in industry, government and the not-for-profit sector with Canadian university and college researchers who bring world firsts in knowledge, specialized equipment, and young talent to R&D collaborative projects. Together, they make breakthroughs for Canada’s economy, society, and the environment.


Alliance funding supports R&D collaborations between Canadian university researchers and partners from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors, as well as opportunities for Canadian researchers to work with national and international academic counterparts.

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College and Community Innovation program

The College and Community Innovation program is tri-agency funding that provides innovative solutions for local and regional challenges faced by businesses, government and communities, through the expertise of Canadian colleges, CEGEPs and polytechnics.

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Commercialization grants and innovation prizes

The following grants and prizes support commercialization and recognize outstanding innovation in the natural sciences and engineering.

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Joint research calls

The following funding opportunities support R&D collaborations on topics of national and global importance, including intermittent targeted calls that are funded jointly with other organizations.

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National Quantum Strategy

The following funding opportunities support the National Quantum Strategy by advancing Canada’s research, innovation and talent development in quantum science and technology through domestic and international collaborations.

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Prior university and college funding opportunities

Legacy university and college research partnerships funding opportunities.

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NSERC Prizes 2020: Molly Shoichet

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