Maximum Value

$25,000 (Catalyst grants) up to $100,000 per year (Collaboration grants)

Sponsor Deadline


UBCO RPIF Deadline

Please ensure a minimum of 5 working days for administrative review.

NOI/LOI Deadline


UBCO E-submission Deadline


Program Description

NSERC Alliance International grants encourage university researchers to collaborate with international collaborators from the academic sector. These collaborations strengthen research excellence in Canada and abroad, and NSERC recognizes the need to support engagement with international collaborators to further develop areas of Canadian research strength and leadership.

Two grant types are offered: Catalyst grants and Collaboration grants.

Catalyst grants provide funding up to $25,000 for one year to support Canadian researchers in initiating international research collaborations in the NSE disciplines.

Collaboration grants allow Canadian researchers to participate in international projects collaborating with international academic collaborators. International collaborators are expected to have already secured peer-reviewed funding from their own national funding agency and to have described the role of the Canadian academic researcher(s) in their proposal. A Collaboration grant covers the costs of the Canadian researcher’s participation in the global-scale project, up to $100,000 per year for up to 3 years. The funding secured by your international collaborator(s) will be recognized for cost sharing purposes at a ratio of 1:1. Thus, to secure the maximum amount ($100,000 per year) your international academic collaborator(s) must obtain at least $100,000 CAD per year from their national funding agency.

For both programs, applications can be submitted anytime. You and any Canadian co-applicants must have an active NSERC peer-reviewed grant, as primary applicant, at the time of application. You are limited to one application within a 12-month period as either applicant or co-applicant. International collaborators must be at degree-granting institutions. Proposals involving partners or collaborators from the private or public sectors will not be accepted.

Full Program Terms

Proposal Development Support

For support in preparing a UBCO-led application, please get in touch with the contact below:

Melanie Fenton


How to Apply

Submission guidelines for Alliance Grants.

Last updated: 2024-02-21 02:44