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NSERC Alliance International

Posted by Jaq-Lin Larder on January 30, 2023 in Research Funding

Alliance International will provide support for researchers in Canada to work with leading international researchers from the academic sector and to establish and grow international research collaborations. There are two types of grants available:

Catalyst grants will provide funding for one year to support Canadian researchers in initiating international research collaborations in the NSE disciplines. This grant is $25,000.

Collaboration grants (up to 3 years) will allow Canadian researchers to participate in international projects and leverage the best international expertise in the NSE disciplines to help address research challenges of impact and benefit for Canada. This grant is up to $100,000 per year.


  • Canadian university researcher who is eligible to receive NSERC funds
  • PI and any Canadian co-applicants must have an active NSERC peer-reviewed grant, as the primary applicant, at the time of application.
  • There is no requirement for partner organizations or contributions from partner organizations for this funding opportunity.
  • At the time of application, PI must identify at least one international academic researcher with whom they will collaborate.
  • In the case of an Alliance International Collaboration grant, the international collaborator must have secured funding from their funding agency at the time of your application to NSERC.

For more information, you can access the full call here.

In addition, NSERC announced its cooperation with the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Complementary NSERC and SNSF funding opportunities will allow Canadian and Swiss researchers to access support for joint research projects. Canadian applicants can apply for funding through the Alliance International program.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Funder contact is


Internal: Please reach out to ORS as soon as possible to discuss a planned submission. Applications will require a minimum of ten business days for review. For additional resources, click here for guidance on internal deadlines and submission processes.

Funder: On-going