Alliance Grant

NSERC Alliance Grants


Alliance grants, in collaboration with partner organizations (private, public or not-for-profit sectors) support research projects led by strong, complementary, collaborative teams that will generate new knowledge and accelerate the application of research results to create benefits for Canada.

Research supported by Alliance grants will:

  • generate new knowledge and/or technology to address complex challenges;
  • create economic, social and/or environmental benefits;
  • contribute to Canada’s long-term competitiveness;
  • support public policy;
  • train new researchers in areas that are important to Canada and to the partner organizations;
  • draw on diverse perspectives and skill sets to accelerate the translation and application of research results.

Projects supported under Option 2 grants will also:

  • address a societal challenge that will result in new natural sciences and engineering knowledge and societal impact;
  • bring together academic, partner organization and societal perspectives and skill sets throughout the collaboration; and
  • demonstrate how all interested individuals will learn about and use the products, services or policies that stem from this research.

NSERC also supports collaborative projects on important topics through intermittent targeted calls that are funded jointly with other organizations, including international opportunities that will be delivered through the Alliance Grant program.  This includes joint programs with Alberta Innovates and Mitacs.

Deadlines: Open 

Support for Applicants

Alliance Grant Drop-In Sessions

The Research Relationships team is hosting monthly NSERC Alliance Grant drop-in sessions for researchers who are either thinking about applying for, or are currently in the process of applying for an Alliance Grant.  The sessions are not designed to be a formal presentation on the Alliance Grant program, but rather as an opportunity for researchers to leverage the expertise of the Research Relationships team with the Alliance Grant program to discuss the program and get answers to your questions.  

During the session, we will discuss aspects of the Alliance Grant program that the researchers want to hear about from program guidelines, institutional requirements, budgetary considerations, EDI, partners and funding ratio, partner(s) eligibility, project setup and any other discussion topics you would like to hear about.

At the end of the session, you should have a better understanding of the Alliance Grant program and how it pertains to your current partnerships, or your plans for leveraging partner funding in the future.

You can register for the next session by clicking on the link below.  The registration form allows you to submit your questions ahead of the session.  The next session is:

Thursday, May 20th, 11:00am - 12:00pm, online delivery (Register for the session by clicking here)

Thursday, June 17th, 11:00am - 12:00pm, online delivery (Session Cancelled)

Request a sample of successful applications from the Research Services Library

Alliance Grant - How to calculate Partner Funding - Spreadsheet

Alliance Grant Application Tip Sheet

Equity Diversity and Inclusion in Alliance Grants

NSERC external co-applicant confirmation form

Alliance Grant Application Guide

Application Guide Alberta Innovates Advance/NSERC Alliance Program

Application Guide Alberta Innovates CASBE (Stream II)/NSERC Alliance Program (coming soon)

Application Guide Mitacs Accelerate/NSERC Alliance Program (coming soon)

NSERC’s Alliance Grant Resources

Contact your Research Facilitator for additional support.