NSERC Alliance Grants

NSERC Alliance grants support 1-to-5-year collaborations with organizations in the private, public, or not-for-profit sectors.

Grants are valued between $20,000 and $1 million per year and require the partner organization(s) to contribute to cost-sharing (Option 1) while playing an active role in the project. Cost-sharing options differ depending on the partner organization's size and the nature of your project.

See NSERC's tables for cost-sharing and funding leveraging/envelopes for Option 1 and Option 2 for full details, including the limit of applications per researcher.


Application Process + Eligibility

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis with no set deadlines from NSERC. All projects with one or more partner organization(s) from the private sector must undergo a national security risk assessment and submit the completed assessment with the application.

Researchers are not limited on the number of times they can apply under either Option 1 or Option 2. Partner organizations are not limited on the number of applications they can be a part of under either Option.

Applications are adjudicated based on specific evaluation criteria and merit indicators. Decisions are communicated between 5 and 24 weeks from the date of submission, depending on the size of the project and whether or not the evaluation is supported by an existing NSERC peer review. See details of the review process on the NSERC website for more detailed estimates.

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Developing Your Application

Step 1
Complete the relevant application forms
Step 2
Seek a national security risk assessment (if working with private sector partners)
Step 3
Submit your application to ORS (see ORS guidelines)


Support & Resources

One-on-One Consultation

Brainstorm your proposal, polish your CCV and receive individual advice to prepare your application.

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Full Review

Our team can provide detailed feedback of your Alliance grant. Limited availability.

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Online Resources

Our Application Webguide for preparing NSERC Alliance applications, slides from previous SPARC and NSERC-led information sessions, and our Sample Grant Library with examples of successful Alliance grants (CWL Required).


Upcoming Workshops & Info Sessions

We offer dedicated workshops throughout the year to assist UBC faculty in developing strong grant proposals.

Event Calendar



    Erin Evoy
    Research Development Officer

    SPARC support services

    Alexander Unterberger (on leave)
    Manager of Research Development

    SPARC support services

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

    Advocacy and advice