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Connect Grants

Grants to Canada Science and Engineering Researchers
to Form Partnerships with Industry Partners

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Deadline Date:

01/18/19 - For University-led applications and Non-Academic applications; College-led applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to Canada researchers and administrators based at IHEs, nonprofit organizations, and NGOs to promote academic-industry partnerships in the fields of science and engineering. Applicants must contact their regional office prior to applying.

Objectives:

Connect Grants provide financial support for the Canadian research community to undertake activities that will help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. These activities must advance NSERC’s Research Partnerships and/or one or more of the goals outlined in NSERC’s 2020 Strategic Plan. All activities must have outcomes related to NSERC and/or plans for future applications to NSERC.

Eligible applicants can apply for two levels of Connect Grant funding:
-Level 1 - For domestic travel costs to develop new academic-industry partnerships.
-Level 2 - For activities aimed at developing or promoting: new academic-industry partnerships, student–industry training opportunities, and/or goals of NSERC’s 2020 Strategic Plan.

All activities — including travel, events and workshops — must take place within Canada.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:

NSERC is acting on the evidence that equity, diversity and inclusion strengthen the scientific and engineering community and the quality, social relevance and impact of research. Increasing diversity and gender equity in the research enterprise are key priorities in the current strategic plan, NSERC 2020, and are highlighted in the strategic goal of “Building a Diversified and Competitive Research Base.”

Connect Grant applicants should strive for diversity and inclusion when developing activities. Connect Grants can also be used to promote approaches that increase the inclusion and advancement of women and other under-represented groups in the natural sciences and engineering, as one means to foster excellence in research and training.

Description:

Level 1 Connect Grants provide up to $5,000 for travel, accommodation, meals and meeting costs within Canada for NSERC-eligible academic researchers at universities or colleges for outreach aimed at forming new partnerships in natural sciences or engineering research with Canadian companies (see College-based Applications for college applicant eligibility). This funding enables researchers and their potential collaborators to identify and develop collaborative research partnerships.

Individuals are limited to two Level 1 Connect Grants per fiscal year.

Level 2 Connect Grants provide support for activities that will contribute to the goals of NSERC’s 2020 Strategic Plan, which positions NSERC as an enabler of discovery and innovation with a focus on the natural sciences and engineering (see College-based Applications for college applicant eligibility), and that will create value for Canada, as well as:

-Research planning and networking activities to develop new academic-industry partnerships;
-Activities or promotional tools to encourage new partnerships;
-Activities or promotional tools to increase student–industry training opportunities in natural sciences or engineering research.
-Contribute to the goals of NSERC’s 2020 Strategic Plan.

College-based applications

The College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program is managed by NSERC in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). All applications must be submitted to NSERC. For college-based applicants, Connect Grants are supported by CCI funding. As a result, proposed projects can be across the spectrum of natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities or health. Grants are given by NSERC, with the exception of funded proposals exclusively in social sciences and humanities or in health sciences, which will be given by SSHRC or CIHR, as appropriate.

Industrial Participation:

For activities that aim to build research partnerships with an industrial partner, the Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships should be consulted to determine the company’s eligibility. In general, a company partner must operate from a Canadian base and demonstrate clear intentions and capacity to further develop and apply any technology within Canada. Start-up companies may be considered, provided that they meet the requirements below. Holding companies and companies that are unable to further develop the technology in-house are not eligible.

To be eligible, a company partner must:
-Have a minimum of two full-time employees and
-Be in operation for a minimum of two years.

Companies must demonstrate the ability to exploit a research project’s results. In this context, the resources, capabilities and experience of the company and its staff are relevant. Holding companies and companies that are unable to further develop the technology in-house are not eligible.

Eligible Expenses:

Funds are to be used to support approved activities and cannot be used for equipment or other direct costs of research. Connect Grants are intended to support activities not possible in other NSERC programs. Requests to NSERC may require leverage from other sources to support the overall activity. More detail concerning eligible expenses is available from the NSERC Regional Office. Changes to the post-award budget must be pre-approved by NSERC.

Level 1 Connect Grants:

Funds must be used exclusively for travel and subsistence costs (meals and accommodation) of the participants from Canadian post-secondary institutions and cannot be used for equipment or the direct costs of research.

The following limitations apply to this grant:
-Local travel (under 200 kilometres per round trip) is not eligible;
-Number of visits to the same company is generally limited to two;
-Overnight stays, if required, are generally limited to one for each day of meetings.

Level 2 Connect Grants:

Eligible expenses include those listed above under “Level 1 Connect Grants” as well as:
-Costs for use of meeting rooms;
-Costs for use of audio-visual equipment;
-Teleconferencing costs;
-Catering/hospitality costs;
-Communication costs: printing of workshop handbooks and other related material, posters, preparation of meeting reports, etc.;
-Preparation of promotional tools aimed at highlighting NSERC-supported partnerships and student–industry training through media such as videos;
-Support for up to two international academic speakers who provide unique and key perspectives critical to achieving the overall workshop objectives; such requests must be clearly justified.

Other costs may be covered. Please consult your NSERC regional office for further information about exceptional or unique expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155667

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Level 1: Up to $5,000
-Level 2: Up to $25,000

Typical Level 2 funding requests range from $1,000 to $5,000. For large-scale activities, requests of up to $25,000 may be considered.

Term of Contract:

Funding approved for these Level 1 applications must be used within three months following the award start date.

Funds for Level 2 applications must be used up to 12 months following the award start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Connect Grant applications can be submitted by researchers or administrators at NSERC-eligible universities or colleges, as well as by staff at not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations (including industry and producer associations). Applications from private-sector firms or government departments or agencies will not be accepted.
 
Industrial participation

For activities that aim to build research partnerships with an industrial partner, the Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships should be consulted to determine the company’s eligibility. In general, a company partner must operate from a Canadian base and demonstrate clear intentions and capacity to further develop and apply any technology within Canada. Start-up companies may be considered, provided that they meet the requirements below. Holding companies and companies that are unable to further develop the technology in-house are not eligible.

To be eligible, a company partner must:

- Have a minimum of two full-time employees and
- Be in operation for a minimum of two years.

Companies must demonstrate the ability to exploit a research project’s results. In this context, the resources, capabilities and experience of the company and its staff are relevant. Holding companies and companies that are unable to further develop the technology in-house are not eligible.

Connect Grants will not cover the following expenses:
-International travel for applicants;
-Travel and accommodation costs of non-academic participants;
-Costs of attending a scientific conference or meeting that coincides with the activity;
-Conferences are not eligible activities for support, although distinct activities held in conjunction may qualify;
-Expenses that are eligible for funding under other existing NSERC programs;
-Honoraria or consulting fees paid to industry or activity participants;
-Airfare purchased with personal frequent flyers’ points programs;
-Passports for international participants;
-Catering/hospitality costs in excess of approved Treasury Board of Canada rates;
-Salary costs for existing employees; or
-Cost of alcoholic beverages.

Pre-Application Information:

Contact the NSERC regional office in your area before applying for a Connect Grant.

NSERC’s Research Partnerships programs are being renewed. As a result, the Connect Grant program will only accept applications for events or travel to take place on or before March 31, 2019. These applications must be uploaded to the NSERC Connect Grants Secure Upload Site no later than 8:00 p.m. (ET) on January 18, 2019. Commitments for previously awarded Connect Grants will be honoured. This does not apply to college-based Connect Grant applications. For the latest information on the new Research Partnerships program, consult NSERC’s New Research Partnerships page (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/rp_renewal-regroupement_pr_eng.asp).

For both Level 1 and 2 applications: requests of $5,000 or less must be submitted at least four weeks before the activity. Requests exceeding $5,000 must be submitted at least 12 weeks before the proposed activity in order to ensure that there is sufficient time to finalize details and issue invitations following NSERC’s decision.

For university-led applications:

Form 100 – Personal Data Form (to create Form 100, select On-line System Login http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/OnlineServices-ServicesEnLigne/Index_eng.asp)
or
PDF version of the NSERC Researcher CV Type of the This link will take you to another Web site Canadian Common CV (CCV) https://ccv-cvc.ca/

For college-led applications, use Form 103CV – CCI Personal Data Form.

For non-academic applicants, a resume is required.

For more information about college-based application, consult the College and Community Innovation Program Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide:
http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Institutions-Etablissements/CCIGuide-ICCGuide/Index_eng.asp

For other relevant information, read College and Community Innovation Program Important Information:
http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/RPP-PP/Info-Info_eng.asp

Additionally, you may consult College and Community Innovation Program – Frequently Asked Questions:
http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/RPP-PP/CCIFAQ-ICCFAQ_eng.asp

For activities that aim to build research partnerships with an industrial partner, the Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships should be consulted to determine the company’s eligibility:
http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/policies-politiques/orgpartners-orgpartenaires_eng.asp

NSERC's 2020 Strategic Plan: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/NSERC2020-CRSNG2020/index_eng.asp

PDF version of the NSERC Researcher CV Type of the Canadian Common CV (CCV)
https://ccv-cvc.ca/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

NSERC Regional Offices.
http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/NSERC2020-CRSNG2020/index_eng.asp

All application documents must be uploaded to the NSERC Connect Grants Secure Upload Site:
https://influence.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/100018/default.aspx

Form 100 – Personal Data Form (to create Form 100, select On-line System Login):
http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/OnlineServices-ServicesEnLigne/Index_eng.asp

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