NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects




Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects

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Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects (SPG-P) fund early-stage project research in the targeted areas (see link below) (Environmental Science and Technologies; Information and Communication Technologies; Manufacturing; and Natural Resources and Energy) that could strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next 10 years. Please note that the Manufacturing area now includes Additive Manufacturing. Also, NSERC and Environment Canada have entered into a three-year agreement under which Environment Canada will fund or co-fund selected Strategic Projects. 

It is expected that these grants will:

  • Generate new knowledge/technology with strong potential to strengthen Canada’s industrial base, generate wealth, create employment and/or influence Canadian public policy;
  • Increase the number of highly qualified personnel in the specific targeted areas; and
  • Enable the transfer of knowledge/technology and expertise to Canadian-based companies that are well-positioned to apply the results for economic gain or to government organizations to strengthen public policy


Faculty in natural sciences and engineering. Academic researchers outside of NSE may participate as co-applicants if they meet NSERC’s eligibility criteria with respect to type, duration and nature of appointment.

Funding Availability

The competition budget is expected to be $12 million for Year 1 of the projects, which could fund about 15 – 18 new awards in each target area.  The overall success rate is expected to be 25%.

Indirect Costs

Funds requested from NSERC - 0%; 25% on Cash contributions from supporting organization(s) if greater than $5,000

Project Duration

1 to 3 years

Special Notes

The Supporting organization must be actively involved in all stages of the project; therefore in-kind contributions are required, cash is not. NSERC encourages applicants to incorporate international collaborations into their proposals. Applications are reviewed according to the selection criteria along with a rating scale and each criterion is given equal weight. Please see link below for further information.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

to Office of Research Services. Please submit your application along with an OR-5 form to: research.services@uoguelph.ca  and upload and click “submit to RGO” by this date.

External Deadline

to NSERC. Grants Officer submits application on behalf of the University using the online system.

For Questions, please contact

NSERC Strategic Projects
Telephone: 613-995-1111
Email: strgr@nserc-crsng.gc.ca 

Office of Research

Annette Clarke, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56927

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