Applied Research and Development Grants

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada


    The Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants are intended to provide companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges and to train students in essential technical skills required by companies. Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants can be across the spectrum of natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities and/or health.

    Eligible Expenses: ARD Grant funds must be used for direct costs of research; however, some limited funds may be used for operating and equipment costs (up to 20% of the total expenditures), as well as for overhead and administration costs (a further 20% of the total award). Certain expenditures related to project management are eligible as a direct cost of research up to a maximum of 10% of the total direct costs. The college must provide for any additional indirect or overhead costs.


    History of Funding

    Not available.

    Additional Information

    ARD Grants support well-defined applied research and development projects undertaken by college researchers with their private-sector partners. Direct project costs are shared by the company partner(s) and the CCI Program. Projects may range from one year to three years in duration.

    ARD projects can be at any point in the research and development (R&D) spectrum that is consistent with the college's applied research, training and technology transfer mandate. All proposals require evidence of strong partnerships with firms, detailed planning and sound budget justification, and must clearly spell out the underlying assumptions, intended approaches, milestones and deliverables.

    Projects that provide routine analysis, routine training, professional practice or consulting services, or routine use of college equipment; or collect data without interpreting underlying mechanisms are not eligible. Similarly, proposals that involve the set-up and operational management of an institute, a formal or informal group of researchers, or that are principally associated with the acquisition and maintenance of equipment in support of applied research will not be accepted.


    General Questions

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  • Eligibility Details

    Canadian colleges that have been declared eligible to administer grants according to the eligibility requirements for colleges of at least one of the three federal granting agencies (NSERC, CIHR and/or SSHRC) may submit an application. If the proposed research and knowledge/technology transfer activities lie entirely within the mandate of a single agency (NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC), the college must be declared eligible to receive funding from that granting agency.

    • The college must offer programs in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences and in line with the applied research areas proposed.
    • The college's faculty members involved in ARD Grants must be engaged in applied research in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences.
    • The college must provide the space, facilities and services to enable its natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences faculty members to conduct applied research.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. Decisions are made within three to five months.

    Award Details

    The company partner(s) must participate in the project and contribute to the direct costs of the applied research and development project. The expected company contributions vary with the grant size:

    • For grants up to $75,000 per year: The eligible company partner(s) must actively participate and contribute at least half of the amount requested in CCI support, in cash and/or in-kind”of which at least half, i.e., 25% of the requested grant amount, must be in cash. For example, if the application requests $75,000 per year, the company contribution must be at least $37,500 per year, of which a minimum of $18,750 must be in cash.

    • For grants between $75,000 and $150,000 per year: The eligible company partner(s)s contribution(s) must be at least equal to the amount requested in CCI support, in cash and/or in kind”of which at least 40% must be in cash.

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