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College and Community Innovation Program (CCI) – College-University Idea to Innovation Grants (CU I2I) | Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)


Up to $250,000 per year for both the college and university participants combined. The maximum grant for either participant is $125,000 per year.


CU-I2I Grants are intended to develop and strengthen research links between colleges, universities and businesses to accelerate the development of promising technologies and promote their commercialization into the Canadian marketplace. Direct project costs are shared by the company partner(s) and the CCI Program. Projects may span up to three years in duration.

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, a company partner must operate from a Canadian base and must be able to fully exploit the results of the applied research so that it will lead to significant economic benefit for the company and/or Canada. Company partners are expected to be local or regional small and medium-sized enterprises.

A wide variety of organizations (businesses, colleges, hospitals, public utilities, and associations) can be partners, but only private-sector companies are considered eligible partners for leveraging cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Eligible Expenses

  • Compensation-Related Expenses
  • Travel and Subsistence Costs
  • Operating, Equipment and Supplies
  • Computers and Electronic Communications
  • Dissemination of Research Results/Networking
  • Research and Technology Transfer Support Services
  • Services and Miscellaneous Expenses

Deadline Date

  No deadline.


Contact Name: College-University Idea to Innovation

Phone Number: 613-944-5802

E-mail Address:


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