NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant (CRD)

NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grants are continually accepting applications that:

  • create mutually beneficial collaborations between Canadian universities and private and/or public sector partners that lead to advancements that will result in economic, social or environmental benefits for Canada and Canadians;
  • expand the scope of research undertaken at Canadian universities, fostering dynamic interaction between discovery-based and innovative research, and allowing the research results to be translated into new knowledge, products or processes;
  • provide an enhanced experiential learning environment for graduate students and, where appropriate, postdoctoral fellows, by exposing them to research challenges unique to partnerships, and by providing them with the opportunity for significant ongoing interactions with the partnering organization(s);
  • allow partners to access the unique knowledge, expertise, infrastructure and potential highly educated and skilled future employees graduating from Canadian universities.

Direct project costs will be shared by the industry partner and NSERC. Projects can continue for up to five years. NSERC usually provides funding for projects up to $500,000 over the course of the project.

The partner company must work with the researcher on all aspects of the project, and contribute cash to the project. Talk to Research Services about partner eligibility if you have a potential company in mind. Talk to Emma Dering for more information on this program.

CRD grants are peer-reviewed by NSERC's national office. Results are expected approximately four months from the date of submission. Exceptionally large proposals may require a site visit by NSERC.

Agency Name: 
Contact Name: 
Emma Dering
Grant Amount: 
Up to $500,000 over the course of five years of less
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Friday, May 31, 2019
Internal Deadline: 
Friday, May 31, 2019
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
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