Valueup to $150,000 per year and can be for up to two years in duration
NSERC Alliance – Alberta Innovates Advance (Advance) is a partnership program between Alberta Innovates and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Through this program, we invest in projects that will advance a research idea toward developing a technological solution with an envisioned future market opportunity. Funding supports eligible researchers at Alberta Universities who have made promising discoveries in emerging technologies priority areas to conduct the research needed to advance to the development stage, which could eventually lead to commercialization.
(a) Applicant Eligibility Criteria – To qualify, an Applicant:
• Must be a post-secondary institution that is on NSERC’s list of Alberta-based universities. (Researchers from Alberta universities are the Applicant Representatives for applications to this program. To be eligible for the program, the Applicant Representative (NSERC primary applicant) must hold a NSERC peer-reviewed grant when they apply and meet NSERC eligibility criteria when applying and when funding is released.)
• Only one application per Primary Applicant (Principal Investigator) is permitted, per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31). There is no limit on the number of applications submitted as co-applicant.
• Applicants cannot hold more than one Advance grant simultaneously; current Advance grant holders are ineligible to apply.
Projects approved by both Alberta Innovates and NSERC will receive an Alberta Innovates investment. Project funding for approved applications will be provided from Alberta Innovates and NSERC separately, through separate agreements. The maximum Alberta Innovates investment for an approved Project under the NSERC Alliance-AI Advance Program is $100,000 per year for up to two years; NSERC will match the Alberta Innovates contribution at a ratio of 50% up to a maximum of $50,000 per year.