NSERC Alliance

Through partnership with Carleton University, you can gain access to our leading-edge research. Carleton’s Industry and Partnership Services (IPS) works with you to build research relationships and explore the public sources of funding that can complement your funding contributions. This includes NSERC Alliance, which supports research partnerships between post- secondary institutions and Canadian-based companies in the areas of natural sciences and engineering.

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

For a more fulsome update on the changes to Alliance Grants, please refer to this document.

Funding Options

A greater range of partners can now be recognized for cost sharing in Alliance grants. Potential partner organizations now include all registered charities, unions, and registered companies.

For additional Alliance program information please reach out directly to your Faculty Research Facilitator.

Note that all Alliance proposals, including Alliance International, are reviewed by IPS.

Frequently Asked Questions



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