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Partnerships Options for Companies

NSERC works with companies to help you find solutions and benefit your business through our suite of targeted partnership offerings that connect you to experts at Canada's universities and colleges.

Grant Type Description Your contribution Your Benefits
Engage Grants 6 month R&D project with a university or college expert. In-kind Find solutions to address a specific, short term challenge.
Resulting IP assigned to company.
Applied Research and Development Grants up to 3 year R&D project at college. 1/3 to 1/2 of costs in cash and in-kind Work with college research teams. Find solutions to a specific, short-term challenge.
Experience Awards 16 week undergraduate student term on-site. Typically $1,125 Two-thirds of companies reported their student helped them increase research productivity or R&D capability.
Collaborative Research and Development Grants Focused long-term R&D project with a university researcher. 1/3 of project costs in cash, matched by in-kind 80% of companies developed new products or services, improved processes or enhanced competitiveness.
Industrial Research Chairs 5-year significant research project. 1/2 of costs in cash Get research insights into a longer-term industry challenge.
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