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Partner organization form instructions

About Alliance grants

Learn more about Alliance grants and the Role of partner organizations. As well, consult NSERC’s Policy on intellectual property, which outlines the expectations for all participants, before completing a partner organization form.

Who completes the partner organization form?

All organizations (except post-secondary institutions and other funders) participating in an Alliance grant application are required to complete a partner organization form and provide relevant documents. Some joint funding partners (in specific calls) may also be required to complete some sections of the partner form (for example, providing contact information and confirming cash contributions). The sections to be completed depend on the type of call, and only those sections will be displayed when the authorized contact person accesses the online form. Other funders, although they do not need to complete a partner form, may also be given access to the proposal. The applicant is responsible for entering the cash and in-kind contributions from partner organizations, as well as inviting an authorized contact for each partner organization through the NSERC online system. The authorized contact for the partner organization will receive an email with a link to the online form. This link is the only way to access the form. The authorized contact for the partner organization is responsible for completing the form.


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How the partner organization information is used

Alliance grants: Role of partner organizations explains the importance of partner organizations in Alliance grants. Your collaboration with the applicant in preparing the application lays a strong foundation for your partnership. The information you provide about your organization through the partner organization form and the proposal submitted by the applicant confirms that

  • you and the applicant have selected the appropriate cost-sharing ratio, based on the type of partner organization(s) involved in the project
  • your organization will be able to contribute to the project as planned 
  • your organization has the potential to provide economic, social and/or environmental benefits for Canada and Canadians.

NSERC will give priority to projects that demonstrate the value that the partnership adds to the project.

Completing the partner organization form

The following will guide you through sections of the partner organization form.

Contact information

The authorized contact person for the organization should complete this information.

Organization information

Consult NSERC code tables for a list of industry/products and services codes to select codes relevant to your organization.

Sector-specific questions

Complete one of the three following sections that best describes the sector of your organization: Private, Public, Not-for-profit/other.

Partner organization profile

Using a maximum of one page

  • describe your organization, including the nature of its operations in Canada and how it intends to grow in Canada by developing innovative new or improved products, services, processes or policies (if applicable)
  • demonstrate that your organization has existing or planned capacity to achieve the expected results of the project (human resources, facilities and financial capabilities)

Note: A reference to the partner organization’s website is not acceptable in lieu of the profile.

Supplemental information

A Partner organization supplemental information questionnaire must be completed by all organizations with fewer than five full-time employees if they have not done so within the last 12 months; or when it has otherwise been specifically requested by NSERC.


The applicant has entered the contributions from your organization. Review and confirm the cash and in-kind contributions your organization is committing to the project. To make changes to this information, contact the applicant, who can change it in the online system.

Terms and conditions

As the authorized representative of the partner organization, you must read and agree to the terms and conditions of the application on behalf of your organization before submitting the form.  

Personal information

The collection, use and disclosure of personal information provided to NSERC are outlined in the following policy statements:

The information you provide in your application is collected under the authority of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Act. NSERC is subject to the This link will take you to another Web site Access to Information Act and the This link will take you to another Web site Privacy Act. The information you provide is stored in a series of NSERC data banks described in This link will take you to another Web site Information about programs and information holdings.