The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) funds visionaries, explorers and innovators who are searching for the scientific and technical breakthroughs that will benefit our country. They are Canada’s largest supporter of discovery and innovation, working with universities, colleges, businesses and not-for-profits to remove barriers, develop opportunities and attract new expertise to make Canada’s research community thrive.

For information about NSERC programs, policies, or funding opportunities please contact Liz Vanderlinde, Research Facilitator, NSE.


ALLIANCE ADVANTAGE - support research projects conducted in collaboration with partner organizations to address their needs and accelerate the application of results

DISCOVERY - supports on-going programs of research with long-term goals rather than a single short-term project. Individual grants.

Internal support available through the Cohort program.

RESEARCH TOOLS AND INSTRUMENTS - support for purchase of tools essential to work. Includes separate funding for subatomic physics.
ALLIANCE SOCIETY - support research projects conducted in collaboration with partner organizations to address challenges at the intersection of natural sciences, engineering, and society DISCOVERY HORIZONS - support investigator-initiated individual and team projects that broadly integrate or transcend disciplines to advance knowledge in the NSE. CREATE - a collaborative and interdisciplinary research platform that offers a unique training experience for students and research professionals.
ALLIANCE + MITACS ACCELERATE - A partnership with Mitacs for additional funding within ALLIANCE ADVANTAGE applications for enhanced student training. DISCOVERY GRANTS, SUBATOMIC PHYSICS - Pursue research in subatomic physics.
ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL - supports partnerships between Canadian and international academic researchers to establish and grow research collaborations of global importance that will generate benefits to Canada.