Engage Grants support well-defined research projects undertaken by eligible university and college researchers and their industrial partners. A maximum grant of $25,000 over a period not exceeding six months will be awarded to support the project costs.

An Engage project must generate new knowledge or apply existing knowledge in an innovative manner in order to solve a company-specific problem. This problem must relate directly to the goods and services provided by the company, and the company must be capable of further developing the results after the project is completed. The project must be focused on a research challenge with specific short-term objectives. All proposals must provide detailed planning and sound budget justification. The proposal must also clearly spell out the underlying assumptions, intended approaches and methodologies, as well as the key milestones and deliverables. As an Engage Grant aims to develop a new research relationship, the project plan must detail regular interactions between the participants in order to create a strong partnership between the university or college researchers and the company.

As the projects must have a meaningful research component, proposals are not eligible for an Engage Grant if they:

  • focus on the commercialization of a university or college invention;

  • focus on the routine application of existing technology or tools to the industry partner’s operations;

  • provide routine analysis or routine use of equipment at the university or college;

  • collect data without interpreting underlying mechanisms;

  • seek to certify, endorse, validate or performance test an existing product, process or material (unless accompanied by significant efforts to investigate the underlying scientific or engineering question or to improve or better understand the product, process or material);

  • include excessive (more than two weeks) literature review and/or patent searches;

  • relate to the set-up and operational management of an institute or a formal or informal group of researchers;

  • aim to develop an industry standard (unless the partner is an industry association);

  • provide professional practice or consulting services; or

  • are principally associated with the acquisition or maintenance of scientific equipment.

Applicants seeking to combine an internship at the company partner, as part of the approach for addressing the company-specific problem or for transferring the project results into the company’s operations, may include in the Engage Grant application a request for additional support through Mitacs Accelerate. Consult your NSERC Regional Office or Mitacs Business Development Representative for details on how to apply.

For more information, visit: www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/RPP-PP/Engage-Engagement_eng.asp