Collaborative Research and Development Grant (CRD)

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The Collaborative Research and Development Grant (CRD) promotes well-defined research projects within the University setting, supported by contributions from industry partners having a strong Canadian presence. Projects should have a reasonable expectation of success leading to an industrial and/or economic benefit to Canada. The program also emphasizes the training of students in technical skills advantageous for future positions within industry.

Value: Typically $100K to $2m over 2 to 5 years (usually 2-3 yrs)


Be a faculty member at UofT who conducts research as part of your appointment.


  • At least one industry partner organization, demonstrably able to exploit results.
  • Partners agree to work collaboratively to achieve shared goals.
  • NSERC will match both cash and relevant in-kind contributions from Industry partners.
  • At least 50% of the Industrial contribution must be in the form of cash attributable to the Direct costs of the project (i.e. net of Institutional Indirect Costs) – University policies on these Indirect Costs will apply.
  • A Sponsored Research Contract (or equivalent) is required with the industry partner(s) before NSERC will release funds.
  • Industry cash may be considered applicable if submitted to the University up to three (3) months prior to submission of the application to NSERC.

Submission Requirements

  • Submit an application to the Innovations & Partnerships Office via My Research Application.
  • Completed application package, which include Forms 100, 101 and 183A (please include an electronic and paper based applications).
  • Finalized forms should also be submitted via the NSERC Online site.

How We Assist

Support from IPO includes:

  • Direct one-on-one support from IPO Team member
  • Proposal Review and Editorial Support

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Additional Deadline Notes

Ongoing – applications may be submitted at any time. Applications seeking $150K/yr or more are reviewed quarterly by NSERC prior to approval. Applications should be submitted to IPO at least 2 weeks prior to any funding eligibility constraints (as outlined in ‘Requirements’), and any such time-sensitivity clearly identified.

Contact Information

Hema Prabhu
Contracts Assistant | (416) 978-5557

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