Please find below an overview of important changes to the NSERC Engage Grant. As this will affect your researchers, please distribute accordingly. As mentioned below, these changes will be posted to the NSERC website as of December 15th, 2015.
Updates to Engage Grants
Engage Grants are popular with both industry and postsecondary institutions. To ensure the quality and impact of these projects, the following changes will be implemented to preserve the program’s effectiveness while managing its budget:
o Eligible Engage Grants applicants must have received recent peer-reviewed support through NSERC. The rigorous peer review practices provided to NSERC by Canada’s science and engineering braintrust will ensure that high quality university-based Engage projects are selected.
o Companies participating in Engage must have at least two full-time employees and have been in operation for at least two years when applying. This change will support projects with industrial partners that are positioned to exploit research results beyond the completion of the grant and to sustain the collaboration created through Engage.
o Engage Grants applicants at universities will be limited to one new award per fiscal year so applicants can focus on choosing the right company partners. This will not apply to college-based Engage Grants applicants because it’s the institution that applies rather than the researcher.
o Industrial partners will be limited to two Engage grants per year. However, partners providing cash contributions to ongoing NSERC-funded projects outside of Engage will be allowed up to two additional Engage applications per year. This change will allow companies that demonstrate a commitment to industrial-academic research greater opportunity to make use of Engage to expand their collaborative network.
These changes will be detailed in the Engage Grants description as of December 15th. Further additions will be made to the description and instructions to help eligible researchers and companies develop a successful application:
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