Partnership Grants: An Overview

Partnership Grants support formal partnerships between academic researchers, businesses and other partners that will advance knowledge and understanding on critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance. By fostering mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, the grants allow partners to innovate, build institutional capacity and mobilize research knowledge in accessible ways. The grants may also be used to help establish partnered chairs and research centres.

Who leads the project? While the project director is responsible for the overall leadership of the partnership, intellectual leadership and governance may come from within the research community and/or from partners in other sectors (i.e., private, public and not-for-profit).
Who manages the funds? Grants are administered by an eligible institution (represented by a project director) on behalf of the partnership.
Who owns the intellectual property resulting from the research partnership? Intellectual property is negotiated among partners and the lead institution, based on the institutions’ policies.
Can both existing and new partnerships be supported? Yes. But in the case of existing partnerships, the supported research and related activities must be distinct from a partnership’s previous or ongoing activities.
Duration of award Four to seven years.
Value of award Stage 1: Letter of Intent Up—to $20,000
Stage 2: Formal Application (by invitation)—Maximum $500,000 per year, up to$2.5 million in total
Type of partners required Canadian or international institutions or organizations (private, public, not-for-profit) of any type.
Partner contributions Cash and/or in-kind contributions are required.
Subject matter Please see Eligibility of Subject Matter for details.
Application process In two stages:
Stage 1—Letter of Intent
Stage 2—Formal Application, by invitation
Application deadline See the complete Partnership Grants description for details.
Evaluation method Grants are awarded through a competitive process involving multidisciplinary review committees that include relevant expertise from the academic community, and public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Infrastructure funding Available to eligible institutions from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Leaders Opportunity Fund.