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Eligibility for Partner Organizations

NSERC offers a number of programs to support research activities that depend upon partnerships among the academic, private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Although private or public companies are the most obvious means of exploiting research results commercially, other kinds of organizations may also be appropriate partners to successfully mobilize the research results to achieve the desired impact.

For Alliance Grants, a partner organization can be from the private sector, the Canadian public sector, or the Canadian not-for-profit sector. For further guidance on participation of partner organizations in Alliance Grants, consult Alliance Grants: Role of partner organizations.

College and Community Innovation Grants, which support business innovation, may have partners ranging from a single firm to an association or a producer group, a formal or an informal consortium, a provincial utility or a combination of these. Idea to Innovation Grants may have partners ranging from an early-stage investment entity, to a company, to a public utility. For further guidance on partner participation, consult the Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships Programs and specific program descriptions.

For previously awarded grants involving research partnerships (CRD, IRC, Strategic Projects and Networks, CDE, as well as Engage and Engage Plus, Connect and Experience for universities), the eligibility of the partner organizations will continue to be guided by the Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships Programs and specific program descriptions.

Contact us at rpp@nserc-crsng.gc.ca if you wish to discuss your specific case.