Frequently Asked Questions about Partnership Development Grants and Partnership Grants

  1. What is the difference between a Partnership Development Grant and a Partnership Grant?
  2. Must you have already received a Partnership Development Grant in order to be eligible for a Partnership Grant?
  3. Are co-applicants from non-academic organizations required to provide a list of research contributions?
  4. When is it possible to use a Partnered Chair approach?
  5. What is the difference between a team of researchers and a formal partnership?

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1. What is the difference between a Partnership Development Grant and a Partnership Grant?

Both Partnership Development Grants and Partnership Grants provide support for new and/or existing formal partnerships.

Partnership Development Grants are awarded to individuals, to design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities. They provide funds of between $75,000 and $200,000 over one to three years and follow a standard, one-stage application process.

Partnership Grants are awarded to institutions, to support initiatives that advance research and/or knowledge mobilization activities. They provide funds of between $500,000 and $2.5 million over four to seven years and follow a two-stage application process: Stage 1—Letter of Intent; and Stage 2—Formal Application. Only those proposals awarded a Letter of Intent grant (valued at $20,000) will be eligible to submit a Formal Application. 




2. Must you have already received a Partnership Development Grant in order to be eligible for a Partnership Grant?

No. These are separate funding opportunities.




3. Are co-applicants from non-academic organizations required to provide a list of research contributions?

In addition to meeting the CV requirements, some co-applicants must also provide electronic attachments describing their relevant research contributions and relevant experience. The following tables, which are also provided in the instructions to the Partnership Development Grants and the Partnership Grants—Formal Application online forms, show which participants must provide research contributions and relevant experience attachments.


Note: At the Letter of Intent stage of the Partnership Grants competition, co-applicants are not required to provide a copy of their CVs or any supporting materials; rather, applicants are asked to provide a description of key individuals and organizations/institutions involved.


Co-applicants affiliated with a postsecondary institution:

Research Contributions Relevant Experience
Mandatory Mandatory

Co-applicants affiliated with a non-academic organization:

Research Contributions Relevant Experience
Optional Mandatory



4. When is it possible to use a Partnered Chair approach?

A Partnered Chair approach may be used only in Partnership Grants projects. For complete details, see the Guidelines for Partnered Chairs.




5. What is the difference between a team of researchers and a formal partnership?

While both involve groups who have come to an agreement to work together on a project, the main difference lies in the nature of the agreement. A team of researchers consists of an individual applicant involved in an informal arrangement with other individual researchers, while a formal partnership consists of an applicant involved in a formal arrangement with institutional partners.



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