Leveraging your Funding

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Engage Grants

Engage Grants are designed to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge and expertise available at Canadian universities. These grants are intended to foster the development of new research partnerships between an academic researcher and a company that have never collaborated before, by supporting short-term research and development projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem in the natural sciences or engineering fields.

Engage Plus Grants

To further developments from an ongoing or recently completed Engage Grant project, or to continue the project while seeking longer-term support, applicants may apply for a subsequent Engage Plus Grant to support an additional six months with the same industrial partner. 

Collaborative Research and Development Grants

Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants are intended to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise, and educational resources available at Canadian postsecondary institutions and to train students in essential technical skills required by industry. The mutually beneficial collaborations are expected to result in industrial and/or economic benefits to Canada.

Industrial Research Chairs Grants

The Industrial Research Chairs Program attracts and retains some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Industrial Research Chairs are funded jointly by NSERC and industry.

Connect Grants

Connect Grants provide targeted financial support for activities (including travel, events, and workshops) to encourage post-secondary researchers at universities to connect with industry and other knowledge end-user communities in order to form new partnerships.

Partnerships Programs

Research Partnerships Programs foster collaborations between university researchers, colleges and other sectors (including government and industry) in order to develop new knowledge and expertise, and transfer it to Canadian-based organizations.

Ontario Centres for Excellence (OCE)

Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program

This program supports cross-provincial collaborations between industry and academia for solving key industry challenges in both Ontario and Alberta that can be tackled through research and development. The ultimate objective is generating economic benefits in both provinces, including job creation, job retention, increased productivity, greater innovation and increased return on innovation (ROI). Companies may use research results to their own advantage or that of their supply chains.

Collaboration Voucher Program

This program gives companies quick and easy access to the expertise and knowledge at Ontario’s universities, colleges and research hospitals to address industry challenges and improve productivity, performance and competitiveness. Eligible Ontario companies receive a voucher, which is a credit, that they can redeem from research institutes.

Connected Vehicle/Autonomous Vehicle (CVAV) Research Program for Road Vehicles

The Connected Vehicle/Autonomous Vehicle (CVAV) Research Program for Road Vehicles encourages businesses and academic institutions to develop and commercialize innovations in connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, with a focus on projects that show a strong potential for commercialization.


The program funds early concept validation of cutting-edge technologies, computational tools, novel approaches, techniques and devices that address the most crucial needs in drug discovery and development.


TalentEdge provides Ontario students and recent graduates with real-world industry experience. Through the program, interns and postdoctoral fellows can apply their expertise, leading-edge knowledge and tools to solving industry problems.



Through Mitacs Accelerate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities apply their specialized expertise to business-related research challenges. Armed with the very latest tools, techniques, and innovations, the intern (a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow) brings a new perspective to the problem faced by the industry partner.


Mitacs Elevate is a two-year training program for postdoctoral fellows, in which participants lead and undertake an industrially relevant research project.  During this time, fellows receive experiential training in R&D directly through their industry-academic research collaboration and leadership training and business acumen through the program’s training curriculum. With a suite of skills development workshops and activities unique to Mitacs Elevate, fellows learn about communication, leadership & management and other critical business skills relevant to R&D management careers in academia and industry. These training opportunities complement fellows’ specialized expertise and ensure they are ready to lead large-scale research projects throughout their careers.

Connect Canada Internships

Connect Canada Internships

Connect Canada is an internship program that links Canadian companies with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for research placements. Regardless of the sector or the location, Connect Canada interns will apply the latest in research methods and know-how to the most pressing industrial R&D issues. Companies receive a cost-effective way to conduct R&D, while interns gain relevant industry experience that enhances their graduate studies.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Connection Grants

Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant may often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects potentially eligible for funding through other SSHRC funding opportunities.

Partnership Development Grants

Partnership Development Grant proposals are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program or the Connection program, or a combination thereof. Please see the Insight and Connection program descriptions for more details.

Partnership Grants

Partnership Grants support formal partnerships between academic researchers, businesses and other partners that will advance knowledge and understanding on critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance. By fostering mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, the grants allow partners to innovate, build institutional capacity and mobilize research knowledge in accessible ways. The grants may also be used to help establish partnered chairs and research centres.

Please note that the programs listed here are ongoing leveraging programs.  Additional short-term leveraging programs may be accessed by searching through the funding opportunities section of our website.