NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants

Tue. Mar. 31, 2020

Funder Deadline:             Before June 1, 2020

Internal Deadline:           May 15, 2020 – submit drafts to

Value:                                   Up to $50,000 for one-year projects


·       If you are a Canadian university researcher who is eligible to receive NSERC funds, you can apply on your own or as a team with co-applicants who are also eligible academic researchers. The principal investigator must hold an active peer-reviewed grant from NSERC as primary applicant at the time of application.

·       You must have at least one partner organization (in the private, public or not-for-profit sector) who will be engaged throughout the research process and that can utilize the expertise or the research results from the project. These are partner organizations whose contributions would normally be recognized for NSERC cost-sharing in the project, even if the partner is not providing funding in this particular COVID-19 focused application.  Consult the Role of Partner Organizations (  for types of partner organizations whose contributions can and cannot be recognized in NSERC cost-sharing.

·       Cash contributions from partner organizations are not required

·       Participation of trainees is encouraged, yet optional in these grants


The objectives of these grants are to:

1)      Accelerate the flow and exchange of research results and research expertise in the natural sciences and engineering sectors between academic researchers and public, not for profit and industry partners by supporting these organizations as they face challenges in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic;

2)      Support research and analysis activities that address partner organization questions or issues in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to applications in the short term.


How to Apply:

Submit your completed application through NSERC’s Online system ( When creating a new Form 101 – Grant, select Alliance. The proposed cost-sharing ratio for this application is 100%. Include mention of COVID-19 in the application title. Please see the full call for detailed instructions on how to complete the applications.