NSERC Alliance Grants


Alliance grants encourage university researchers to collaborate with partner organizations, which can be from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. These grants 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 Alliance Quick Facts

SPARC NSERC Alliance Resources and Support

  • Alliance playbook available under the CWL-protected Resources section of the SPARC website
  • SPARC currently offers in-depth reviewing of and feedback on the full proposal and CCV. SPARC staff are also available for consultation and brainstorming on proposal development at any stage of proposal development – these services are open to all Alliance applicants
  • Additional NSERC-led training in the form of webinars and workshops will become available in the coming months, based on which the SPARC team will subsequently develop dedicated support tools (e.g. bootcamps, workshops) for the UBC community

NSERC Alliance External Resources

SPARC Contacts

Paolo Marcazzan
NSE Research Development Officer

Alexander Unterberger
Manager of Research Development

Dr. Purang Abolmaesumi
Sciences & Engineering Research Advisor (NSERC), UBC