R&D funding for Canadian researchers and commercialization projects

Research and commercialization funding

Hey Funds Fans, here’s a post for the R&D super-star in your life!  The following grants cover thematic areas in the social science and humanities realm to the environment, natural resources and energy, health and life sciences as well as information and communications technologies.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) provides Insight Grants to support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for long-term research initiatives. Insight Grants research initiatives may be undertaken by an individual researcher or a team of researchers working in collaboration.  The objectives of the Insight program are to: build knowledge and understanding from disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector perspectives through support for the best researchers; support new approaches to research on complex and important topics, including those that transcend the capacity of any one scholar, institution or discipline; provide a high-quality research training experience for students; fund research expertise that relates to societal challenges and opportunities; and mobilize research knowledge, to and from academic and non-academic audiences, with the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact.  The maximum value of an Insight Grant is $500,000 over three to five years. A minimum request of $7,000 is required in at least one of the years. A maximum of $200,000 is available in a single yearDeadline: NOI due August 15th, 2013.

The Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) encourages Canada’s global economic competitiveness by supporting new discoveries and transforming them into products, services and processes that improve the lives of Canadians.  Centres  advance research and facilitate commercialization within four priority areas:  the environment; natural resources and energy; health and life sciences; and  information and communications technologies. NCE offers a suite of programs that mobilize Canada’s best research, development and entrepreneurial expertise and focus it on specific issues and strategic areas.  One such program is the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR)Funding range $100,000+.  LOI Deadline: August 23rd, 2013.

The CECR program will provide support for the following eligible expenditures:

  • Operating Costs: maintenance and operation of the Centre; materials and supplies; liability insurance for members of the Board of Directors and centre administrators; legal fees and other related incorporation costs;
  • Salary Costs: salaries for management, technical and professional staff employed to provide support to users or to maintain and operate the Centre;
  • Knowledge Mobilization Costs: expenses relating to communications activities, networking, promotion of the Centre, knowledge dissemination and engagement of stakeholders to put available knowledge into active service;
  • Commercialization Costs: expenses related to commercialization activities (e.g. intellectual property protection, market studies, business plan development, counselling and mentoring, technology evaluation, development, and investments).

The CECR program requires matching contributions in the form of cash or in-kind and must come from non-federal sources. CECR grant funds used for eligible commercialization costs must be matched over the duration of the grant agreement by a ratio of 1:1. Every one CECR grant dollar spent on eligible commercialization costs must be matched by one dollar of non-federal cash or in-kind. CECR grant funds for other eligible costs must be matched over the duration of the grant agreement by a ratio of 3:1. Every three CECR grant dollars spent on other eligible costs must be matched by one dollar of non-federal cash or in-kind.

Organizations eligible to receive funds are not-for-profit corporations created by universities, colleges, not-for-profit research organizations, firms and other interested non-government parties. As a condition of eligibility, organizations applying for CECR funds must have an established Board of Directors responsible for the approval of its annual financial reports and audits.

There it is, folks.  Go and get it!  You can also view other funding opportunities coming up in August here.

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