Public Matching Funds

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.

Public sources of funding include:

Mitacs Accelerate, which links students and postdocs with industry partners through mutually beneficial, paid internships.

  • Timeline: 4–6 months per internship
  • Maximum funds available: $7,500 per internship
  • Minimum leverage required: 1:1
  • Approximate review time: 6–8 weeks

Mitacs Elevate, a postdoctoral fellowship with industry partners.

  • Timeline: 2 years
  • Maximum funds available: $60,000 per fellowship
  • Minimum leverage required: 1:1
  • Approximate review time: 2 months after competition closure

Mitacs links companies, organizations, networks and researchers for COVID-19 solutions.

NSERC Alliance, which supports research partnerships between post- secondary institutions and Canadian-based companies in the areas of natural sciences and engineering.

  • NSERC Alliance Option 1:
    • Timeline: 1–5 years
    • Maximum funds available: $1 million per year
    • Minimum leverage required: 1:1 – 2:1*
    • Approximate review time: 4–16 weeks**
  • NSERC Alliance Option 2:
    • Timeline: 1–5 years
    • Maximum funds available: $100,000 per year
    • Minimum leverage required: 10% cash contribution from private sector partner(s)
    • Approximate review time: 4–16 weeks**
  • NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Grants:
    • Timeline: up to 1 Year
    • Maximum funds available: $50,000
    • Minimum leverage required: Partners do not need to provide cash contributions to participate, but must be engaged throughout the research process, from input in design to using the expertise and/or the research results.
    • Approximate Review time: NSERC will process these applications in an accelerated fashion.

*Depending on partner          

**Depending on budget

NSERC Idea to Innovation, which accelerates the pre- competitive development of university technology and promotes its transfer to a Canadian company.

  • Timeline: Maximum of 3 years
  • Maximum funds available: Dependent upon the project phase
  • Minimum leverage required: Dependent upon the project phase
  • Approximate review time: 11 weeks

OCE Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP), which supports research partnerships between post- secondary institutions and Ontario companies.

  • Timeline: 6–12 months
  • Maximum funds available: $150,000
  • Minimum leverage required: 1:1
  • Approximate review time: 8–10 weeks
  • COVID-19 Update: Researchers may continue to pay students that cannot work due to the COVID-19 shut down, provided that the budget change is no more than $5,000 or they file a budget change request.

Contact us

Contact Carleton’s Industry and Partnership Services (IPS) to explore these public matching programs and other opportunities to leverage funding contributions. We look forward to exploring these programs in the context of your specific partnership needs.

Chris Lannon

Director of Industry and Partnership Services

chris.lannon@carleton.ca