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|Duration||Up to 24 months|
|Application deadline||Until available funding is awarded; Research Manitoba will close this program once application capacity has been met.|
|For more information||Contact the NSERC Prairies Regional Office or the Research Manitoba Programs Manager.|
NSERC and Research Manitoba (RM) have partnered up to offer the NSERC Alliance and RM Accelerate, Commercialize, Transform (ACT) program, which will support university R&D collaborations that assist Manitoban small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing technology and products with the highest potential for regional economic development and commercialization in Manitoba. This funding opportunity is available for projects that: 1) align with the following priority areas: bioscience, information and communications technology (ICT), advanced manufacturing, or infrastructure and transportation industries and technologies; and 2) have at least one Manitoban SME as a partner organization.
This joint funding opportunity allows the Manitoban SME partner organization’s cash contributions to be leveraged for funding from both NSERC and RM via a streamlined joint application and decision process. NSERC Alliance will match cash contributions from all recognized partners at a 2:1 ratio, from $20,000 to $1M per year for up to five years (as per the Alliance grants funding page), and RM ACT will match the contributions from the Manitoban SME at a 1:1 ratio, up to $25,000 per year for up to two years.
The mutually beneficial projects are expected to result in economic benefits to the companies and to Manitoba, as well as build impactful longer-term collaborations between university researchers and companies.
NSERC is acting on the evidence that achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to advance knowledge and understanding, and to respond to local, national and global challenges. This principle informs the commitments described in the Tri-agency statement on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).
For more information, see the Guide for applicants: Considering equity, diversity, and inclusion in your application.
Consult NSERC’s Alliance web pages for full details on private sector partner organization recognition. At least one of the partners must be a Manitoba-based SME and cannot hold a RM Innovation Proof-of-Concept Grant for the same project as proposed in the NSERC Alliance and RM ACT application.
The application process for the NSERC Alliance and RM ACT program requires submissions to both Research Manitoba and NSERC. The application procedure is as follows:
Complete the NSERC Alliance application and supporting documents, including a personal data form with CCV attachment for the applicant and all co-applicants, through NSERC’s online system.
Consult the Alliance grants application checklist for a summary of the information that needs to be addressed in a completed application.
There are three components to the NSERC Alliance and RM ACT application: proposal, applicant and co-applicant information, and partner organization information. All three components must be completed and submitted for the application to be considered complete. Guidance on this page takes precedence over other NSERC Alliance descriptions and instructions.
To start the NSERC application
The proposed cost-sharing ratio for this application is 66.7%.
Proposal: Complete an application for a grant (form 101) using the proposal template. Provide responses in place of INSERT YOUR TEXT HERE. Figures and tables are welcome. The funding requested in this proposal cannot represent a budgetary or conceptual overlap with any other funding support currently held or applied for. The instructions for completing an Alliance grant application provide additional guidance for questions not addressed on this page.
Applicant and co-applicant information: Complete a personal data form with CCV attachment for the applicant and all co-applicants.
Partner organization information: All partner organizations must complete the partner organization form as part of the Contributions section on form 101. Select Partner organization recognized for cost-sharing for organizations that meet the requirements, and access to complete the form will be provided to the organization representative via an email link. Please ensure that you list Research Manitoba as a joint-call funding partner to this application and provide the name and email of the Research Manitoba Programs Manager as the contact.
Please consult the Alliance evaluation criteria for full details on how the NSERC Alliance and RM ACT applications will be reviewed. A successful application should demonstrate how the R&D results will benefit the SME, among other details.
See the Alliance – Funding webpage and the Tri-agency guide on financial administration for details on eligible expenses.
See the Alliance – Award webpage for information on NSERC’s Policy on Intellectual Property, research agreements, and how these pertain to this funding opportunity.
You will be informed of reporting requirements and the corresponding schedule when you are notified of your award. NSERC and RM will strive to streamline their reporting requirements to lessen the burden on participants.