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Alliance International │ Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)


provides $25,000 (Catalyst grants) up to $100,000 per year (Collaboration grants)


Alliance International will provide support for researchers in Canada to work with leading international researchers from the academic sector, and to establish and grow international research collaborations and projects that have a high potential for impact in NSE disciplines.

Two grant types are offered: Catalyst grants and Collaboration grants.

Eligible Applicants

If you are a Canadian university researcher who is eligible to receive NSERC funds, you can apply on your own or as a team with co-applicants who are also eligible academic researchers. You and any Canadian co-applicants must have an active NSERC peer-reviewed grant, as primary applicant, at the time of application. There is no requirement for partner organizations or contributions from partner organizations for this funding opportunity.

Eligible Expenses

Alliance International Catalyst grants

Catalyst grants will provide funding for one year to support Canadian researchers in initiating international research collaborations in the NSE disciplines. These grants will allow Canadian researchers to identify and initiate the first stage of collaboration with the intent of

  • supporting exploratory research activities
  • initiating exchanges for Canadian personnel where appropriate

Alliance International Collaboration grants

Collaboration grants will allow Canadian researchers to participate in international projects and leverage the best international expertise in the NSE disciplines to help address research challenges of impact and benefit for Canada. This covers the costs of participation in the global-scale project.

Deadline Date

  No deadline.
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