NSERC - Connect Grants

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Connect Grants (formerly Interaction, Regional Opportunities Fund, Partnership Workshops)

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Form 401 | Terms and Conditions Applying Form | Form 100 - Instructions | CCV


As of April 1, 2015, the three NSERC grants formerly known as Interaction, Regional Opportunities fund and Partnership Workshops were combined into one grant called Connect. Connect Grants provide targeted financial support to encourage post-secondary researchers at universities and/or colleges to connect with industry and other knowledge end-user communities in order to form new partnerships. There must be no existing or past relationship between, or on the one hand, the applicant and any researcher listed on the application, and on the other hand, the company or companies targeted. All of the activities (including travel, events or workshops) must take place in Canada.


Faculty in natural sciences and engineering at eligible institutions, and not-for-profit, non-government organization (including an industry association), industry, and other knowledge end-users.

Maximum Project Value

Applicants can apply for three levels of Connect Grant funding: Level 1:  up to $5,000; Level 2: up to $10,000 and Level 3: – up to $25,000.

Indirect Costs


How to Apply

The applicant submits the documents in PDF format via the NSERC’s Secure Upload Site

Please send a complete OR-5 form and PDF of the application to resserv@uoguelph.ca after submitting online. 

  • If you are applying for Connect Grant Level 1 or 2 (no partner letters required), please submit the application to the Office of Research one week prior to the intended submission date to NSERC. 
  • If you are applying for Connect Grant Level 3, please submit the application to the Office of Research two weeks prior to the intended submission date to NSERC. 
For Questions, please contact

NSERC Regional Office
2655 North Sheridan Way, Suite 250
Mississauga, Ontario
L5K 2P8

Office of Research

Carolyn Osborn, Director, Grants & Contracts
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52935

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