NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grants (CRD)

CRD Grants provide innovative companies in Canada access to the academic resources available at Canadian universities and colleges. These grants are intended to motivate companies to form partnerships with the academic community in Canada and support long-term research and development activities aimed at solving a specific problem for the company such as the development of a new product or improvement to an existing process.


Funding Type:

CRD Grants offers companies up to 50% of eligible project expenses to a maximum of $200,000 per year for five years to a project maximum of $1 million to support the joint collaboration between the academic institution and the company and offset project costs.


Eligible Activities:

  • The project must generate new knowledge or apply existing knowledge in an innovative way to solve a company-specific problem
  • This problem must relate directly to the company’s products and services
  • The company must be able to further develop the results after the project is completed.
  • The project must have short-term to medium-term objectives or discrete phases in a longer-range research program
  • Have detailed budget and project plan


Applications are evaluated mainly against the following criteria:

  • Technical merit
  • Competence of research team
  • Training opportunities
  • Industrial relevance and potential for innovation impact
  • Benefit to Canada
  • University support
  • Budget


The NSERC CRD program reimburses project costs including:

  • Labour
  • Research equipment
  • Laboratory/ research facility usage fees
  • Materials and supplies
  • Travel
  • Administrative costs
  • Publication costs
  • Workshops
  • Certain project management related expenses for complex projects up to a maximum of 10% of the total direct costs


Who can apply?

  • Established businesses, start-ups, and industry associations operating in Canada
  • Demonstrate clear intention of completing the project
  • Contribute at least 50% of research project costs
  • Collaborate on all stages of the project (from proposal to project completion)
  • Regularly interact with academic personnel



Applications have an open-intake and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to the availability of funding. The company initiates the collaboration process by creating a detailed research proposal to be taken to an academic institution to find a professor with the capabilities to support the project.

Once a match has been made between the school and company, the professor and/or research institution initiates the NSERC CRD grant application. Decisions are usually made within three months or up to six months for large/complex applications.


For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process. You may also email us at info@evamax.com or call 1-877-711-7733



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