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Collaboration Opportunities


ILI has a number of service offerings that can assist your company and we can tailor programs and initiatives to meet companies’ research and development needs. A number of funding initiatives are often available for joint industry-university projects, such as:                  

Science and Technology Assistance Program

Dalhousie has developed an initiative, with support from the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), to help Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – commercial enterprises with less than 500 employees. This initiative will help firms to strengthen their competitiveness and enhances their growth through innovation by providing SMEs easy access to three to five days of scientific and technical expertise. Awards up to $5,000. Download the application form [PDF - 276kB].

Nova Scotia Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program

The Province of Nova Scotia administers this program enabling Nova Scotia companies to undertake research projects at Dalhousie. Awards are up to either $15,000 or $25,000. Applications are typically accepted in the fall.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Engage Grants

NSERC Engage Grants are designed to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge and expertise available at Canadian universities. Engage Grants support well-defined projects undertaken by eligible university researchers and their private-sector partners. A maximum grant of $25,000 over a period not exceeding six months will be awarded to the academic researcher to cover the direct project costs associated with the research activities needed to address the identified problem.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grants

The Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants are intended to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise, and educational resources available at Canadian postsecondary institutions and to train students in essential technical skills required by industry. CRD Grants support well-defined projects undertaken by university researchers and their private-sector partners. Direct project costs are shared by the industrial partner(s) and NSERC. Projects may range from one year to five years in duration, but most awards are for two or three years.

Contact us at innovation@dal.ca if you have questions regarding these opportunities.