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NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
NSERC Engage Grant
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  • 1.
    • The NSERC ‘Engage Grant’
    Creating new research collaborations between Industry and universities
  • 2. Snapshot of the Engage Grant
    • Develops: ‘new to you’ research partnership between university researcher and a company
    • Addresses: a company-specific problem
    • Value: up to $25,000 from NSERC (no cash required from company)
    • Project Timeframe: up to 6 months
    • Deadline: none, rolling applications
    • Decision: 4-6 weeks turn-around time
    • IP: company owned
  • 3. Guide to a Successful Engage Application
    • Key Evaluation Criteria:
      • Eligibility – Principal Investigator / Company
      • Budget – NSERC funds / In-kind contribution
      • Project
      • Company Letter
  • 4. 1. Eligibility: Principal Investigator
    • Form 100:
    • Professor in eligible university
    • Assistant, associate, full (tenure-track)
    • Adjunct only if permanently at the university
    • Permanent or term sufficient for the duration of project
  • 5.  
  • 6. 1. Eligibility: Principal Investigator
    • Form 100:
    • Prior peer-reviewed support within past 6 years
    • Prior NSERC grants (DG/RPP(CRD, IRC, SPG, SNG, I2I)
    • Prior EG only does not qualify: not peer reviewed
    • Other peer reviewed support (OCE, FQRNT, MITACS, etc.)
  • 7.  
  • 8. 1. Eligibility: Principal Investigator
    • Form 100:
    • Foreign researcher recently moved to Canada
    • Investigate: base comparison on NSERC criteria whenever possible:
    • Candidate active in NSE
    • Committee of peers judge on: profile of candidate; quality of the proposal; novelty/originality; technical feasibility; training of HQP; industrial relevance; budget.
  • 9. 1. Eligibility: Principal Investigator
    • Form 101:
    • No Prior Collaboration: between University Researcher and Company
    • None within past 6 years: consulting; joint project; publication; founder/partner; employee/executive; board member, etc.
    • Exceptions: IRAP; MITACS (consider the timeframe & involvement of PI vs HQP); ownership through mutual type funds; membership of large consortium/network type of project (SNG)
  • 10.  
  • 11. 1. Eligibility: Company (Canadian-based)
    • Form 183A:
    • Must be at arm’s length (no P.I. involvement)
    • Suitable receptor for developed technology/knowledge
    • Capacity to valorize/commercialize
    • NSE active
    • Startup: min. one year in existence
    • Some public utilities/government owned companies (e.g. Hydro, municipal services; service for a fee to the general public basis)
  • 12.  
  • 13. 1. Eligibility: Company (Canadian-based)
    • Form 183A:
    • Company size
      • What is big/small enough?
    • Development stage
      • Operational?
      • Early development stage?
      • R&D capacity?
      • Potential to continue with future projects?
    • Limit #EG by company?
      • Sustainable?
      • Divisions of same large company?
  • 14. 1. Eligibility: Company (Canadian-based)
    • Form 183A:
    • Producer association
    • Financed through industrial subscriptions/check offs (no gov’t funds)
    • Disseminate the information to the industrial partners or to the industry at large
  • 15. 1. Eligibility: Company (Foreign-owned)
    • Form 183A:
    • Established in Canada – relevant R&D/production facilities?
  • 16. 1. Eligibility Evaluation Checklist
    • Creation of a new relationship? Y/N
    • Does the applicant demonstrate evidence of peer reviewed support in NSE domain within past 6 years? Y/N
    • Is the applicant eligible to receive grants funds? Y/N
    • Does the research team (including participating company personnel) have the necessary expertise? Y/N
  • 17. 2. Budget – Main Budget Table
    • Actual spending from the grant money
    • Company cash (if ever) is added to the spending
    • Company in-kind appears on right column: not added to actual spending
  • 18. 2. Budget – Salaries (HQP)
    • Graduate students: max. Masters $8250; PhD. $9500; may be topped up by industrial funds
    • Undergrads: not limited (avg. Co-Op levels)
    • PDF: min. of $25,000/yr
    • Technical/professionals: according to University policy
    • Faculty: none
    • Industrial staff: none
  • 19. 2. Budget – Equipment/Consumables
    • Needs to be justified and detailed
    • No major piece of equipment (>50% of the grant)
    • Computers: additional justification if laptops and price >$2,000
    • Various devices (iPhones, etc.): OK if subject of the study
    • Max. $250 for various stationary/printing costs/article reprints
  • 20. 2. Budget – Other Expenses
    • Dissemination costs – none
      • No publication costs/conference costs
      • No patent costs
    • Travel – work-related only
      • No conferences
      • No foreign travel
  • 21. X X
  • 22. 2. Budget – Company Budget Table
    • Shows actual contribution to direct cost
    • Max. hourly rate $80/hr for scientific/technical contribution
    • Confusion between direct/in-direct costs
    • Important to understand for future RPP applications (e.g. CRD) with leveraged in-kind
  • 23.  
  • 24. 2. Budget Evaluation Checklist
    • Is the budget reasonable and was each item justified? Y/N
  • 25. 3. Project – Actual Collaboration
    • Clear identification of company specific problem – proposal; company letter; benefits expected
    • Rationale for the proposed research & deliverables
    • Work plan (milestones, Gantt Chart)
    • Resources needed: HQP; material; equipment; etc.
  • 26.  
  • 27. 3. Project – HQP: Student participation
    • HQP training is not required (unlike other NSERC grants)
      • Deliberate/practical choice
      • Part of thesis/connected to side project
      • Good opportunity for HQP to interact with industry
      • Partner in agreement/do no object to thesis/publications
      • Look out for:
      • Timelines
      • Issues in graduating/thesis defense/publications
      • Student hired by partner
  • 28. 3. Project – Technology Transfer
    • Extent of company participation in the project
    • Regular meetings
    • Participation of technical/scientific staff
    • Actual work being done by company: tests; analysis; machining; productions runs, etc.
    • IP generated during project – company owned
      • If IP is an issue =>use other program (e.g. CRD)
  • 29. 3. Project Evaluation Checklist
    • Company-specific problem clearly identified? Y/N
    • Clear plan to address the problem? Y/N
    • Within the reach of NSE? Y/N
    • Innovative (vs. application of known technology to gather data without understanding the underlying scientific problem)? Y/N
    • Does the proposal identify how the results will be transferred to the company? Y/N
    • Will the company see economic or other benefits within a reasonable timeframe? Y/N
    • Are there other benefits to Canada? Y/N
  • 30. 4. Company Letter
      • Does the company’s description of project and their involvement correspond to what P.I. said?
      • Company support: key aspects to consider:
      • Benefits expected
      • Company cash
      • In-kind: a measure of the collaboration
        • Who is involved and does what?
        • What is supplied?
        • How do they interact; how frequently?
  • 31. 4. Company Evaluation Checklist
    • Letter states a company-specific problem to solve? Y/N
    • Letter states why particular academic research expertise is required? Y/N
    • Letter details cash/in-kind contribution (salaries, equipment, etc.)? Y/N
    • In-kind contribution amount matches in proposal budget, letter and Form 183A? Y/N
    • Form 183A is complete? Y/N
  • 32. Submission to NSERC
    • P.I. submits application online to RGO
    • RGO approves application once all internal documentation is received
    • RGO submits application online to NSERC
    • NSERC Ottawa distributes applications to RO’s
    • First Reader is local RIDO; Second Reader is Manager in different Regional Office
    • Decision is made by RO Evaluation Committee (4-6 weeks turnaround)
  • 33. Interaction Grant
    • Provides an opportunity for a Canadian-based company and academic researcher to meet and…
    • Identify a company-specific problem that could be solved through a subsequent partnership
    • Value – up to $5000 for travel and accommodation
    • Duration – 3 months to use the award
  • 34. Contact Information
    • Alexandra (Sandy) Reid
    • Research & Innovation Development Officer
    • NSERC Ontario Regional Office - Mississauga
    • Telephone: 905-403-0161
    • Email: alexandra.reid@nserc-crsng.gc.ca
    • Website: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Regional-Regionaux/OntarioContacts_ContactsOntario_eng.asp
  • 35. Important Web links for Engage
    • FOR PROFESSORS:
    • Engage Grants Program Guide: (found under Partnerships Programs)
    • http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/RPP-PP/Engage-Engagement_eng.asp
    • Form 101 Instructions: Application for a Grant (Engage Grants Program)
    • http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/OnlineServices-ServicesEnLigne/instructions/101/e.asp?prog=engage
    • Form 100 Instructions: Personal Data Form
    • http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/OnlineServices-ServicesEnLigne/instructions/100/e.asp
    • NSERC Research Code Tables:
    • http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Help-Aide/Codes-ListeDeCodes_Eng.asp
    • List of Eligible Institutions:
    • http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/Eligibility-Admissibilite/ListEligibleInstitutions-ListEtablissementsAdmissible_eng.asp
    • Use of Grant Funds:
    • http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/FinancialAdminGuide-GuideAdminFinancier/FundsUse-UtilisationSubventions_eng.asp
    • Policy on Intellectual Property
    • http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/Policies-Politiques/ip-pi_eng.asp
  • 36. Important Web links for Engage
    • FOR INDUSTRY:
    • Find a Canadian Expert
    • http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/Expert-Expert_eng.asp
    • Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships Programs
    • http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/Policies-Politiques/orgpartners-orgpartenaires_eng.asp
    • Form 183A Instructions: Information Required from Supporting Organizations
    • http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/OnlineServices-ServicesEnLigne/instructions/183A/e.asp

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