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College and Community Innovation Program – Innovation Links Grants


Up to $250,000 per year for both the college and university participants combined


Innovation Links Grants support college-university collaborations working with the business sector to realize successful commercialization. Direct project costs are shared by the company partner(s) and the CCI Program. Projects may span up to three years in duration.

Innovation Links 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.

Eligible Applicants

Partnership arrangement

Innovation Links Grants capitalize on the broad spectrum of capacities available in Canadian colleges and universities. Either the college or university applicant can be the project lead.  The project lead must be eligible to administer federal granting agency funds according to the eligibility requirements for colleges or universities (as appropriate) of at least one of the three federal granting agencies (NSERC, CIHR and/or SSHRC). Grants will be given to and administered by the project lead’s institution  Once the grant funds have been transmitted to the lead institution by NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC, the project lead’s institution will transfer funds to the other institution in accordance with the application’s approved budget.

The company partner(s) must participate in the project and contribute to the direct costs of research with the required cash and in-kind contributions. The proposal must state to which academic institution the company partner’s contributions will be directed, particularly any cash contribution, if applicable.

Eligible Expenses

  • 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;
  • Course load reduction costs for faculty are not eligible for universities;
  • Overhead costs, up to 20% of the grant, are allowed for both the college and university; and
  • International travel expenses are allowed for university students to present their research results at conferences.

Deadline Date

  No deadline.


Contact Name: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Phone Number: 1-855-275-2861


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