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Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grant | Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)


Direct project costs are shared by the industrial partner(s) and NSERC (matching required). Project funding is paid to the university researchers and can range from $10,000 per year to over $1M per year; the level of support is determined by the cash and in-kind contributions from the partnering company and the resources and time required to complete the project. In general, NSERC provides 2/3 of the cash required with the company providing the other 1/3 in cash and a similar amount in in-kind. On average projects tend to be three years long and receive approximately $75,000 per year from NSERC.


CRD Grants support well-defined projects undertaken by university researchers and their private-sector partners. Direct project costs are shared by the industrial partner(s) and NSERC. Projects may range from one year to five years in duration, but most awards are for two or three years. CRD projects can be at any point in the research and development (R&D) spectrum in the domains of the natural sciences and engineering that is consistent with the university’s research, training, and technology transfer mandate.

Eligible Applicants

Each project must be supported by at least one eligible industrial partner that must:

  • Collaborate at all stages of the research project
  • Demonstrate a clear intention and the capacity to exploit the research results within Canada
  • Contribute to the direct project costs

The Partner Eligibility Guidelines section of the Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships Programs should be consulted to determine the eligibility of the industrial partner to participate.

Eligible Expenses

Eligible collaborations include focused projects with specific short- to medium-term objectives, as well as discrete phases in a program of longer-range research. All proposals require evidence of detailed planning and sound budget justification, and must clearly spell out the underlying assumptions, intended approaches, milestones, and deliverables. Certain expenditures related to project management are now eligible as a direct cost of research up to a maximum of 10% of the total direct costs. Projects that focus on the application of existing technology, provide routine analysis, collect data without interpreting underlying mechanisms, or provide professional practice or consulting services (contract research) are not eligible. Similarly, proposals that involve the set-up and operational management of an institute, a formal or informal group of researchers, or that are principally associated with the acquisition and maintenance of scientific equipment will not be considered.

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Contact Name: Collaborative Research and Development

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