Value: Maximum $75,000 per year. The eligible company partner(s) must actively participate and contribute at least half of the amount requested from NSERC, in cash and/or in-kind—of which at least $10,000 annually must be in cash. Between $75,000 and $150,000 per year: The eligible company partner(s)’s contribution(s) must be at least equal to the amount requested from NSERC, in cash and/or in kind—of which at least one half must be in cash.
The Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants are intended to provide companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges and to train students in essential technical skills required by companies. The mutually beneficial collaborations are expected to result in economic benefits to the company and/or Canada. ARD Grants support well-defined applied research and development projects undertaken by college researchers with their private-sector partners. Direct project costs are shared by the company partner(s) and NSERC. Projects may range from one year to three years in duration.
Canadian colleges that have been declared eligible to administer grants according to the eligibility requirements for colleges of at least one of the three federal granting agencies (NSERC, CIHR and/or SSHRC) may submit an application. If the proposed research and knowledge/technology transfer activities lie entirely within the mandate of a single agency (NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC), the college must be declared eligible to receive funding from that granting agency.
- The college must offer programs in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences and in line with the applied research areas proposed
- The college’s faculty members involved in ARD Grants must be engaged in applied research in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences
- The college must provide the space, facilities and services to enable its natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences faculty members to conduct applied research
ARD Grant funds must be used for direct costs of research; however, some limited funds may be used for operating and equipment costs (up to 20 percent of the total expenditures), as well as for overhead and administration costs (a further 20 percent of the total award). Certain expenditures related to project management are eligible as a direct cost of research up to a maximum of 10 percent of the total direct costs. The college must provide for any additional indirect or overhead costs.
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