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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    • Prior EG only does not qualify: not peer reviewed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