NSERC Alliance – Research Manitoba Accelerate, Commercialize, Transform (ACT)
Value: Research Manitoba will match industry contributions to projects at a 1:1 ration, up to $25,000 per year for up to two years. NSERC will match industry contributions to projects at a 2:1 ratio, from $20,000 to $1M per year for up to five years.
Duration: Up to 24 months.
Deadline: Until available funding is awarded; Research Manitoba will close this program once application capacity has been met.
Program Guide: Principal Investigator User Guide
Research Manitoba (RM) and NSERC have partnered up to offer the NSERC Alliance and RM Accelerate, Commercialize, Transform (ACT) program, which will support university R&D collaborations that assist Manitoban small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing technology and products with the highest potential for regional economic development and commercialization in Manitoba.
This funding opportunity is available for projects that: 1) align with the following priority areas: bioscience, information and communications technology (ICT), advanced manufacturing, or infrastructure and transportation industries and technologies; and 2) have at least one Manitoban SME as a partner organization.
This joint funding opportunity allows the Manitoban SME partner organization’s cash contributions to be leveraged for funding from both NSERC and RM via a streamlined joint application and decision process. NSERC Alliance will match cash contributions from all recognized partners at a 2:1 ratio, from $20,000 to $1M per year for up to five years (as per the Alliance grants funding page), and RM ACT will match the contributions from the Manitoban SME at a 1:1 ratio, up to $25,000 per year for up to two years.
The mutually beneficial projects are expected to result in economic benefits to the companies and to Manitoba, as well as build impactful longer-term collaborations between university researchers and companies.