Participants at last year’s Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Halifax had a chance to learn more about the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s newly created Alliance Grants program, which combined a number of previously existing research funding initiatives. That program is now the focus of NSERC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which will use support through Alliance to leverage the expertise of researchers in natural science and engineering and their partners across Canada to address this unprecedented crisis.

NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Support for up to $50,000 for one-year projects is being made available immediately.

NSERC will process these applications in an accelerated fashion. 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.

Please visit the NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants webpage for more information.