NSERC Alliance Grants

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

As of May 1st, researchers applying to this competition must comply with new Government of Canada research security requirements related to sensitive technology research areas. This is in addition to previous requirements for risk-assessment forms as part of the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships. 

UBC’s Research Security team is available to provide support and resources related to these new requirements, as well as to guide you in implementing best practices to safeguard your research.

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

See NSERC's tables for cost-sharing and funding leveraging/envelopes for Alliance Advantage (former Option 1) and Alliance Society (former Option 2) for full details.

On Dec. 5, 2023, NSERC implemented certain changes to the Alliance program. SPARC's support pages are in the process of being updated. Please see NSERC's announcement and program pages for the most up-to-date information.***

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 Alliance Advantage or Alliance Society. Partner organizations are not limited on the number of applications they can be a part of under either program.

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.

Developing Your Application

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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.

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Erin Evoy
Research Development Officer

SPARC support services

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Manager of Research Development

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Sciences & Engineering Research Advisor, UBC

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