Connect Grants provide targeted financial support to encourage post-secondary researchers at universities and/or colleges to connect with industry and other knowledge end-user communities in order to form new partnerships. Connect Grant recipients can be individuals at either an NSERC-eligible institution or a not-for-profit, non-government organization (including an industry association).

Eligible applicants can apply for three levels of Connect Grant funding:

  • Connect 1: For travel costs related to the development of new academic-industry partnerships in natural sciences or engineering research.
  • Connect 2: For regionally oriented activities or events aimed at developing or promoting new academic-industry partnerships in natural sciences or engineering research, as well as student-industry training opportunities. Also, for non-recurring, nationally oriented research planning workshops aimed at building substantial new research collaborations between post-secondary researchers and partners in industry, government, not-for profit or other knowledge end-user groups.

*Please note, Connect 2 and Connect 3 have been merged into Connect 2.

All the activities (including travel, events, and workshops) must take place within Canada.

For full details (application procedures, application forms, eligible expenses, etc.) about the Connect grants, visit the NSERC website here.


Details regarding the criteria for Faculty eligibility can be found here.

Available Funding

  • Connect 1: Up to $5,000 for up to three months
  • Connect 2: Typically from $1,000 to $5,000, for up to one year, to a maximum of $25,000 for large-scale activities. Connect 2 has been expanded to include supporting the goals of NSERC 2020; including, for example, Women in Science events.


Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Approval Form Prior to submission of application to sponsor
Submission to sponsor No Deadline

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your Expression of Interest, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.