The College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program is managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (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. Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants can be across the spectrum of natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities and/or health. Grants are given by NSERC, with the exception of funded proposals exclusively in the social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences, which will be given by SSHRC or CIHR, as appropriate.
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.
For grants up to $75,000 per year: The eligible company partner(s) must actively participate and contribute at least half of the amount requested in CCI support, in cash and/or in-kind—of which at least half, i.e., 25% of the requested grant amount, must be in cash. For example, if the application requests $75,000 per year, the company contribution must be at least $37,500 per year, of which a minimum of $18,750 must be in cash.
For grants 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 in CCI support, in cash and/or in kind—of which at least 40% must be in cash.
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% of the total expenditures), as well as for overhead and administration costs (a further 20% of the total award). Certain expenditures related to project management are eligible as a direct cost of research up to a maximum of 10% of the total direct costs. The college must provide for any additional indirect or overhead costs.
Deadline DateNo deadline.
Contact Name: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Phone Number: 1-855-275-2861