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NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants


Up to $50,000 for 1 year


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) supports over 11,000 world-class researchers across Canada, and we fund their research collaborations with over 4,000 companies. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NSERC is leveraging the expertise of researchers in natural science and engineering and their partners across Canada to address this unprecedented crisis.

Eligible Applicants

If you are a Canadian university researcher who is eligible to receive NSERC funds, you can apply on your own or as a team with co-applicants who are also eligible academic researchers.

The principal investigator must hold an active peer-reviewed grant from NSERC as primary applicant at the time of application.

For more detailed information, please click the link indicated below.

Eligible Expenses

You can request up to $50,000 from NSERC. Cash contributions from partner organizations are not required. If you are not yet sure how the funds will be used for this project, you can enter “Other” in the Proposed Expenditures. In order to quickly advance the research objectives, participation of trainees is encouraged, yet optional, in these grants.

Collaborating outside the natural sciences and engineering: Developing applications or policies based on your research results may require socio-economic and other expertise in addition to scientific understanding. You are encouraged to collaborate with academic researchers in fields other than the natural sciences and engineering. Such researchers may serve as co-applicants for these grants. Research costs for these collaborations must be identified in the project budget, up to a maximum of 30% of the cost-shared project costs.

If your Alliance COVID-19 application is funded, an NSERC-Mitacs partnership is making available additional resources to augment research collaborations.

Deadline Date

  Before June 1, 2020. Please click the link indicated below for update.


Contact Name: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Phone Number: 613-995-1111

E-mail Address:


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